The Digital Media department invites you to join in a lecture by Tefft Smith II as part of the weekly lunchtime speaker series.
Tefft Smith II, is a Visualization, VFX and Animation Supervisor working mostly in films, television, commercials, and themed entertainment. His work experience includes working for various studios including Pixomondo, Halon Entertainment, A52, Look Effects Inc., Zoic Studios, and Gradient Effects LLC. Tefft has several credits to his name, including: Mandalorian, Star Trek: Short Treks, Midway, Orville: Season 2, The OA, Alice Through the Looking Glass, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, A Dog's Way Home, KONG: Skull Island, Tomorrowland, and Passion of the Christ . As a producer, he has released Carolina Parakeet and Burlap and The Smiling Man—both with Multiple Festival Awards—and as a director, Tefft created several animated shorts, bumpers of the 50 greatest VFX films, and a tribute to Steven Spielberg for the Visual Effects Society. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where he majored in animation and received a double minor in design and photography. Over the years he has taught at USC and at Gnomon, where he served as the Director of Education in 2008.