Chengfu Chen – Technical Director
During Chengfu’s studies at the Animation School of Communication University in Beijing, one of the top animation schools in China, he gained extensive experience in programming and in 3D software, especially Maya, allowing him to be the only student recommended to work in the largest render farm in China’s film industry.
Having previously been a free-lance musician and teacher, Sherry is extremely happy to be at the ETC in pursuit of her other love, film. While she has gained production experience working on feature films, Sherry also writes screenplays and aspires to fully realize them into movies.
Matt Costa – Writer, Director
Matt joined the Entertainment Technology Center to combine his interests in film and technology in order to create experiences that tell compelling visual stories and leave lasting impressions on the audience. He hopes to bring the experience he gains at the ETC into a creative career in the entertainment industry.
Attending the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Michael started as an animation student, but is now more focused in lighting, compositing, rendering and particle/fluids simulation as he feels these elements would add more dramatic feeling to his work. Interested in film vfx, Michael has worked for such companies as Giant Killer Robot, The Orphanage, and Sony Imageworks.
Pei graduated from RIT with a degree in Industrial Design. His undergraduate studies included human-product interactions and effective visualisation and communication of concepts. Pei came to the ETC to pursue his goal of becoming a concept artist in the entertainment industry. He hopes to be able to apply his passion for designing rich settings and characters to create compelling stories and meaningful experiences.
Brenda Bakker Harger is a theatre director (MFA Carnegie Mellon University), improviser, and professor of Entertainment technology at Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center where she teaches improvisational acting and leads diverse interdisciplinary projects. Currently Brenda is further exploring her theory and skills in directing and improvisation with technology, both in gaming and theatre.
Ralph Vituccio is the Director of Media Development in Communications Design and an Instructor in the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon. He has developed, written, and produced numerous films, videos, websites, and multimedia projects for Carnegie Mellon as well as many corporate and commercial clients. Ralph is also an adjunct faculty at Pittsburgh Filmmakers where he teaches film and video production.