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(written by Troy Gustafson, former Senior Supervising Animator at Walt Disney Feature Animation)

 

Grant Whitsitt
Animator & Story Artist
grantwhitsitt@gmail.com
grantwhitsitt.com
731-695-4795

Software:
Storyboard Pro, Toon Boom Harmony, Adobe Animate/Flash, Photoshop, After Effects, Illustrator, Premiere Pro,  Maya,

Education:
Bachelor of Fine Arts – Animation  (September 2012 - June 2016)
The Savannah College of Art and Design
Savannah, Georgia and Lacoste, France
-Graduated Magna Cum Laude;  Relevant coursework: Screenwriting, Screen Design, Character Design and Storyboarding for Animation, 2D & 3D Production, Concept Development, Animation Layout and Character Design, Location Research, Sketchbook, History of Animation, Anatomy, Psychology, 20th Century Art & Literature

Experience / Films:
Copernicus Animation Studios  (On site: Halifax, Nova Scotia)  (October 2016 - Present)
-Currently, 2D Character Animator on [production TBA] (the software used for this project is Toon Boom Harmony); 2D Animator on [production TBA] (the software used for this project was Adobe Flash/Animate); Storyboard Revisionist on Boomerangs’s “Care Bears”, responsible for revising Artists’ storyboards (and creating original boards from scratch to realign the story with the initial intention of the script) to meet the Director’s and clients’ collective vision for the series (the software used for this project was Storyboard Pro); 2D Character Animator on Amazon’s Emmy-nominated kids' series "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie", responsible for animating all characters (and some effects) in scenes spanning, typically, one tenth of any given episode handed to me in the series (the software used for this project was Toon Boom Harmony); Freelance Layout Artist (Productions TBA) (the software used for this project was Photoshop).

Haefele Connect (Remote: Halifax, Nova Scotia) (November 2018 - January 2019)
-Responsible for all illustrated and animated content for Haefele Connect’s holiday ads (the software used for this project was Photoshop and Toon Boom Harmony).

The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor (Remote: Halifax, Nova Scotia)  (May - June 2018)
-Responsible for all character design and animation for The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor’s 2018 animated ad (the software used for this project was Photoshop and Toon Boom Harmony).

Seneca Film Festival 2018 (Remote: Halifax, Nova Scotia)  (February - May 2018)
-Responsible for all illustrated and animated content for the Second Annual Seneca Film Festival's animated ads and corresponding merchandise (the software used for this project was Photoshop and Toon Boom Harmony).

Tennessee Arts Academy  (On ite: Nashville, Tennessee)  (July 2017)
-Instructor of one of the Secondary Visual Arts Core Sessions at the week-long, half-workshop/half-arts-camp for Tennessee and surrounding areas' arts educators, held at Belmont University. During my sessions, I taught "The Chromatic Cycle", a narrative key designed to simplify the steps of the mono-myth. The goal was to provide educators a guide to helping art students answer the prevalent question, "What do I draw?" (or, "What is my story?").

University School of Jackson  (On site: Jackson, Tennessee)  (August - October 2016)
-Guest Teacher of the new Digital Tools course, and Substitute Art Teacher during the Fall 2016 semester. Many of the students went on to be accepted into various prestigious arts programs, including SCAD’s School of Animation and Pratt Institute’s School of Photography.

307 Films (Remote: Savannah, Georgia)  (September - October 2016)
-Responsible for all illustrated and animated content in the informational piece, "Birds and Baseballs" (the software used for this project was Photoshop and Adobe After Effects).

World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (WWE) / LowBrow Studios (Remote: Jackson, Tennessee)  (August - September 2016)
-Storyboard Artist on "WWE Story Time” (Season One, Episode Five: “Ribbin’ Ain’t Easy” - “The Perfect Prank”) (the software used for this project was Adobe Animate/Flash).

Augusta Magazine  (Remote: Jackson, Tennessee) (August - September 2016)
-Freelance Illustrator for the October 2016 Issue’s “Southern Sensibility” article by Karin Gillespie (the software used for this project was Photoshop).

“Jumpin’ Jack” by Grant Whitsitt (On site: Savannah, Georgia) (December 2013 - May 2016)
-Writer, Director, and Co-Producer of my student film at SCAD, “Jumpin’ Jack”, a Jazz Age inspired animated musical tale about a short boy in a tall world who learns how to measure up on his own. In addition to writing the song, I also lead the band and sing in the original track, and was responsible for Storyboards, Character Design, some Background Design, and some 2D Character Animation. My co-producer, Catherine Andersen, and I managed a team of over sixty artists on the production to ensure all scenes were completed in a timely manner, without compromising quality. (The [visually based] software used for this project was Photoshop, Storyboard Pro, Toon Boom Harmony, Adobe After Effects, and Premiere Pro.)

Black Bear Studios / 307 Films (Remote: Savannah, Georgia) (July - August 2015)
-Responsible for all illustrated and animated content in the short documentary, "The Gentlemen Smugglers" (the software used for this project was Photoshop and Adobe After Effects).

“Scan the Horizon” by Jess Marfisi (On site: Savannah, Georgia) (February 2016)
-Responsible for some 2D Character Animation on Jess Marfisi’s student film at SCAD, “Scan the Horizon”. (The software used [on my end] for this project was Toon Boom Harmony.)

“Promethean” by Seth Gordon and Grant Whitsitt (On site: Savannah, Georgia) (March 2013 - March 2015)
-Co-Director/Co-Producer with Seth Gordon on his student film at SCAD, “Promethean”, inspired by a storyboard I created in my Screen Design course. I was also responsible for some 2D Character Animation and Background Design. (The software used [on my end] for this project was Storyboard Pro, Toon Boom Harmony, and Photoshop.)

Honors & Awards:
Series Awards - “Care Bears” (Responsible for Storyboard Revisions)
-"Best Animated Series" Nomination at the Fifth Annual Screen Nova Scotia Awards (2019). (The Awards will take place in May.) (The software used for this project was Storyboard Pro.)

Series Awards - "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie" (Responsible for Character Animation)
-Daytime Emmy Award Nomination for "Outstanding Preschool Children's Animated Series" (2018); and "Best Animated Series" at the Fourth Annual Screen Nova Scotia Awards (2018). (The software used for this project was Toon Boom Harmony.)

Short Film Awards - "Jumpin' Jack" (Responsible for all)
-My short film, "Jumpin' Jack", has received the following festival honors and inclusions: Seneca Film Festival 2018 (invited to do a Q&A); Best Score Award and Best Sound Design Award Nominee in the Focus International Film Festival; Finalist in Constantine's Gold Coin Film Festival; Chair's Selection Award at SCAD's 2016 Animation Showcase; Montreal's ANIMAZE International Animation Film Festival; Brooklyn's Animation Block Party; Princeton University Film Festival; Cartoon Club, the International Film Festival of Animation Cinema and Comics; Comedy Cluj International Film Festival; Anim!Arte's International Student Animation Festival of Brazil; Wirral International Film Festival; Hsin-Yi's Children Animation Awards; Siracusa International Ortigia Film Festival; Grand Rapids Comic-Con; Tahoe Underground Film Festival; Trenton's Art All Night Film Festival; and Fan Boy Film Festival. (The [visually based] software used for this project was Photoshop, Storyboard Pro, Toon Boom Harmony, Adobe After Effects, and Premiere Pro.)

SCAD Spring Arts Festivals  (May 2013, 2014, & 2015)
-Received the Alumni's Choice Award and 2nd Place in the Best Relief category in SCAD's 2015 Sand Arts Festival.
-Received the 35th Anniversary Award in SCAD's 2014 Sidewalk Arts Festival.
-Received the Spirit Award and 3rd Place in the Best Castle category in SCAD's 2013 Sand Arts Festival.

Exposition des Etudiants in SCAD Lacoste, France  (August 2014)
-Selected to exhibit a body of work (The Human Experience) at SCAD Lacoste’s Summer 2014 Exposition.

Volunteer Work:
Charles P. Allen High School / Animation Career Exploratory Co-op Mentor (On site: Halifax, Nova Scotia) (November 2018 - June 2019)
-I was contacted by Fulton Rhymes, the Co-op Educator at the school, on behalf of one of his students, Laura Lima Nishida, who was seeking an opportunity to obtain career mentor-ship in the Fall of 2018. While the Co-op was mostly comprised of advising (portfolio building, critiques, and submission/application etiquette), we were also able to turn around a few character model sheets and a story skeleton utilizing them. Laura is a gifted student and a driven artist for animation, and I am grateful to be a part of her success story to any capacity. Laura went on to win the Silver Medal in Skills Competence Canada’s 2D Character Computer Animation Competition in the Spring of 2019.

Reel:
http://www.grantwhitsitt.com

References:
Available Upon Request