MEET OUR SPECIAL GUESTS & EXPERTS AT BAM Festival!
Film Director Shawn Welling and his movie-trained dog Ranger
Shawn Welling is an American photographer and filmmaker who began his career as a dance choreographer and theatre performer. He is the founder and current sole owner of the Planet Funk Dance Academy in Houston, Texas. Planet Funk is an organization whose dance teams have toured globally. As a filmmaker, Welling features well-known dancers in documentary, narrative, and web series films. Shawn Welling is winner of over 40 accredited IMDb Film Festival awards including the Houston Press' Best Film in 2009 and Best Director 2011 and the coveted WOD Industry award for Best Film Director, awarded in Los Angeles. Welling Films has expanded his successful If I Could Series with If I Could Run (2018), a full feature film which won numerous awards such as "Best Feature" and "Best Actress". Afterwards, An American Ghost Tail,was produced, starring his canine companion Ranger, alongside Chloe Klitus, and Preslee Bishop. Shawn lives with his wife, Michelle, three dogs, and macaw, in Houston where he owns and operates Welling Films. Best known for his dog short "If I Could Talk" and 5 year web series "The Avengers of eXtreme Illusions."
Shawn Welling will be conducting his MasterClass “Cut to the Dog” for students and educators attending BAM Festival. In addition to being a judge for the short film competition, Shawn will preside over the Awards Presentation at the Festival as Master of Ceremonies.
David Goldthorpe, Goldfish Creative, New Zealand
David Goldthorpe’s background as a producer and production manager for theatre and events including New Zealand New Performance Festival in New York City and Chet Baker; Like Someone in Love which has toured over 30 venues around the world. He has been production manager and technical manager for LUX Light Festival and Light Nelson and has produced installation artworks with Storybox, Good Company Arts and with his own company Goldfish Creative. David is a sought after locations scout and manager for screen production having location managed feature film Human Traces and docudrama Doubt: the Scott Watson Case, as well as numerous Television Commercials. In 2017, David was appointed by the New Zealand Film Commission to produce Jesse Taylor Smith’s debut short film Behold the Ghost. David currently works with the Edmund Hillary Fellowship producing an international summit for positive global impact.
Debbie Fish, Goldfish Creative, New Zealand
Debbie Fish is an installation artist and set designer for theatre and film, based in Wellington, New Zealand, and co-director of Goldfish Creative. Set design credits include working as Production Designer for Alex Galvin’s adaptation of The Turn of the Screw and as Art Director on short film Behind the Ghost, written and directed by Jesse Taylor Smith. Her art installations with GoldFish Creative, are inspired by environmental and social concerns and have been exhibited at festivals including Light Nelson Festival, Splore Festival, The Performance Arcade, Taupo Winter Festival, and Coastella Music Festival. She recently completed a month-long artist residency at Fish Factory – Creative Centre in Stoovarfjorour, Iceland. Debbie is also a voice actor and puppeteer, having toured around Australia, Japan, China and South Korea as a puppeteer for children’s theatre. She currently voices the character of Patches in the animated television series Kiddets, a co-production between New Zealand and China, and a sister series to the acclaimed The WotWots.
Edward Morin, Professor Sam Houston State University
Edward Morin is a professor of computer animation at Sam Houston State University. Professor Morin has been working in digital and electronic formats since the late 90's, including animation, interactive multimedia, physical computing, rapid prototyping, sound and video. His films have been screened at festivals and galleries in over 70 events in 12 countries.
Jonathan Bryson, Professor Sam Houston State University
Jonathan Bryson is a professor at Sam Houston State University. He teaches advanced 3D animation, shading, lighting & rendering, and animation portfolio. Professor Bryson specializes in teaching advanced level animation.
Rob Chandler, NY School of Visual Arts
Rob Chandler is the character design lead on Stephen Colbert’s SHOWTIME satirical animated series “Our Cartoon President”. Since graduating from Ringling College of Art and Design, he has worked all over the country as a freelance artist. His work experience includes an internship with LAIKA, building puppets and cardboard sets for a feature film in Louisiana, and art directing commercial projects in NYC, including an animated PSA he designed for Shared Hope International, which screened at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival in 2016
Eric Cunha, NY School of Visual Arts
Eric Cunha is a NYC based 3D artist. He graduated from the NYC School of Visual Arts in 2013 with a BFA in Computer Animation. Aardman Nathan Love hired him as their CG Director straight out of school. Mr. Cunha spent four years with Aardman leading teams, directing commercials, and serving as the company's CTO. In 2017 Mr. Cunha began working as an independent freelance animation artist and helps companies solve new sets of problems while making some super cool images
Elizabeth Ku-Herrero, NY School of Visual Arts
Elizabeth Ku-Herrero is a NYC based CG Look Development Artist and Director and a faculty member of the NYC School of Visual Arts. Ms. Ku-Herrero received an Academy Award and Emmy for her work. She specializes in 3D modeling, texturing/shading, lighEllen Su is a director and designer at Aardman Nathan Love as well as a professor at the NYC School of Visual Arts. Her illustrative style, thoughtful storytelling, and refined aesthetic bring fresh new perspective to her projects.
Ellen Su is a director and designer at Aardman Nathan Love as well as a professor at the NYC School of Visual Arts. Her illustrative style, thoughtful storytelling, and refined aesthetic bring fresh new perspective to her projects. She has worked with award-winning studios such as Pixar Animation Studios, Facebook, TED-Ed, The Mill, R/GA, and Psyop. Her animated short film, Spacebound, has been screened around the world and featured in publications such as 3D World Magazine and Animation Magazine.