The faculty of the animation program are industry professionals and experienced teachers. Skills they bring to the program: animation, storyboarding, illustration, comic book creation, visual effects production, and 3D sculpting.
Chris Sagovac’s work spans many disciplines from animation and film making to proficiency in several fine art mediums. His work has been exhibited worldwide in galleries, film festivals and street art exhibitions. Sagovac is a mail artist, collagist, abstract painter, and independent comic book creator with local comic anthologists Ink and Drink. His themes range from abstract and conceptual processes to ultraviolent samurai action, tales of horror and weird west adventures.
Classes taught: ANIM 1000 Animation I, ANIM 1040 Storyboarding, ANIM 4620 Senior Overview, ANIM 2010 Experimental Animation, ANIM 4010 Character Design, ANIM 3040 Comic Book Creation, ANIM 4700 Professional Development in Animation, ANIM 3150 Animation Festival Management, ANIM 3150 Animation Dailies, ANIM 3150 Advanced Experimental Animation, ANIM 3150 Advanced Animation Studio, INTM 3150 Tabletop RPG Dungeon Building, FRSH 1200 Surrealism: The Real Functioning of Thought
Chris Aaron is a seasoned artist whose films have premiered in international and domestic film festivals. His video art has been in national juried exhibitions, and he is the recipient of many industry awards for production, editing, 3D animation, and VFX. He has successfully maintained a media production company that has developed traditional and online ad campaigns for a wide range of clients. In addition, he has worked with some of the largest production companies in the world such as Fremantle North America and Relativity Media to develop scripted television shows for networks including Discovery, Animal Planet, National Geographic, and the History Channel.
Classes taught: ANIM 1040 Storyboarding, ANIM 2200 Intro to 3D Animation, ANIM 3200 Intermediate 3D Animation, ANIM 4200 Advanced 3D Animation, FTVP 1400 Graphics and Effects, FTVP 2450 Visual Effects, FTVP 3300 The Socially Responsible Filmmaker, NPRO 5900 New Media Production
Michael Long is an award-wining animator who began teaching animation courses at Webster University in 1985. He created the film animation principles courses, which later became the core of the animation program. In addition to teaching 2D animation production, Michael has taught animation history, storyboarding, game design, and courses on laughter, St. Louis history, and foil fencing. Since 1997 he has taught a first-year seminar exploring the uncanny in fiction and film. Michael has lectured in Vienna on animation and magic, and performed magic in Japan and Thailand. His other interests include 1950s science fiction films, ghost stories, magic history, and writing dramas for radio podcasts. He can, when asked, show you how all these interests are connected to lead a fully animated life.
Classes taught: ANIM 1010 Animation II, ANIM 1040 Storyboarding, ANIM 2000 Advanced Animation, FLST 2070 History of Animation, HLSC 1579 Fencing I, HLSC 1589 Fencing II, FRSH 1200 Creeping Dread: The Uncanny in Fiction and Film, GAME 2500 Traditional Game Design
Marie Enger is a 2011 Webster animation alum. She’s drawn cars and characters for Adult Swim’s Black Dynamite, but is taking a break from the animation biz to work exclusively in comics and illustration. She was the colorist on Pistolwhip and 2 Sisters (out from Dark Horse comics), she’s the letterer for Dept. H (Dark Horse again) and Table Titans (online), and is currently involved in a TON of super-secret comic projects she’d love to tell you about (pesky NDAs!). Not up for animation and comics? Fine. Check out her illustrations at Hero Complex Gallery and Gallery 1988 in LA.
Classes taught: ANIM 3040 Comic Book Creation
Craig Wagner has been doing cartoon voices and vocal impressions since he was 5 years old. Teaching students how to voice their creations has been a great way to share his talents and help students learn how important audio is to the visual experience. In addition to being a voiceover artist, Craig is an actor, singer, multi-instrumentalist and occasional web developer. He has been playing music around St. Louis since 1996 and is currently frontman of the Irish folk/rock group ‘The Biggest BOAT’. Recently his voice and handsome mug was featured in the St. Louis Blues’ 2016 hype video that was shown at every home game during the 2016 playoffs.
When he has free time (what’s that?) he enjoys spending time with his fiancee Amanda, his dog Hank Mardukas and cat Rocko.
Classes taught: ANIM 3010 Voicing Your Creation, ANIM 4700 Professional Development in Animation, ANIM 1040 Storyboarding
Matt Kindt is the New York Times Best-Selling writer and artist of the comics and graphic novels Dept. H, Mind MGMT, Revolver, 3 Story, Super Spy, 2 Sisters, and Pistolwhip, as well as Justice League of America (DC), Spider-Man (Marvel), Unity, Ninjak, Rai, and Divinity (Valiant). He has been nominated for 4 Eisner and 6 Harvey Awards (and won once). His work has been published in French, Spanish, Italian, German and Korean.
Classes taught: ANIM 3040 Comic Book Creation, ANIM 4010 Character Design
Benjamin Sawyer is a lifelong artist and professional comic artist and illustrator with clients all over the globe. Ben is also a published colorist with Zenescope entertainment. His success as a freelance creative brings extensive experience in illustration, marketing, design, and entrepreneurship. He is also an avid video gamer and bar manager.
Website: http://www.benbrush.com or follow him on most social medias via looking for sketchsawyer.
Classes taught: ANIM 4010 Character Design
Mike McCubbins is an animator, graphic and multimedia artist. He publishes animation, graphic novels, posters, and other works under the name Big List of Dead People. He may otherwise be found at the Saint Louis Public Library answering reference questions and developing arts related programs.
Classes taught: ANIM 2010 Experimental Animation
Brian Spath holds a BA in Mass Communications, with an emphasis in Video/TV Production, from Lindenwood University. He is the operations supervisor and short film programmer for Cinema St. Louis, which presents the St. Louis International Film Festival.
Classes taught: ANIM 3150 Topics: Animation Festival Management
Chris Roder is a concept artist/character modeler and graduate of Iowa State University College of Design.
Classes taught: ANIM 1200 3D Character Sculpting, ANIM 4040 Concept Art
Steve Edwards is an illustrator, cartoonist, and graphic storyteller.
Classes taught: ANIM 3030 Visual Storytelling, ANIM 3150 Cartooning
“I think all directors should be animators…”Steven Spielberg