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

 

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

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

Education:
Bachelor of Fine Arts – Animation  (Sept. 2012 - June 2016)
The Savannah College of Art and Design
Savannah, GA and Lacoste, FR
-Graduated Magna Cum Laude;  Relevant coursework: Screen Writing, 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  (Halifax, Nova Scotia)  (Oct. 2016 - Present)
-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 Toonboom Harmony); Freelance Layout Artist (Productions TBA) (the software used for this project was Photoshop).

Haefele Connect (Nov. 2018 - Jan. 2019)
-Responsible for all illustrated and animated content for Haefele Connect’s holiday ads (the software used for this project was Photoshop and Toonboom Harmony).

The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor  (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 Toonboom Harmony).

Seneca Film Festival 2018  (Feb. - 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 Toonboom Harmony).

Tennessee Arts Academy  (Nashville, TN)  (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  (Jackson, TN)  (Aug. - Oct. 2016)
-Guest Teacher of the new Digital Tools course, and Substitute Art Teacher during the the Fall 2016 semester.

307 Films  (Sept. - Oct. 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  (Aug. - Sept. 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  (Aug. - Sept. 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 (Savannah, Georgia) (Dec. 2013 - May 2016)
-Writer, Director, and Co-Producer of my graduation film, “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, Toonboom Harmony, Adobe After Effects, and Premiere Pro.)

Black Bear Studios / 307 Films (July - Aug. 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 (Savannah, Georgia) (Feb. 2016)
-Responsible for some 2D Character Animation on Jess Marfisi’s graduation film, “Scan the Horizon”. (The software used [on my end] for this project was Toonboom Harmony.)

“Promethean” by Seth Gordon and Grant Whitsitt (Savannah, Georgia) (March 2013 - March 2015)
-Co-Director/Co-Producer with Seth Gordon on his graduation film, “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, Toonboom 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 Toonboom Harmony.)

Film Festival Inclusions & Awards - "Jumpin' Jack"  (June 2016 - Present)
-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; Comdey 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, Toonboom Harmony, Adobe After Effects, and Premiere Pro.)

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

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.

Reel:
http://www.grantwhitsitt.com

References:
Available Upon Request