Faculty

R. Brent Adams
Professor

Office: 265 CTB
Phone: 801.422.4504
Email: adamsb@byu.edu

Brent has been teaching classes at BYU since he started his career in Architecture. Brent drove to Provo from Salt Lake after work to teach evening school classes. While in Architecture, Brent had the privilege to be on the Design team on several award winning projects including the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, the Cliff Lodge at Snowbird, and the Marriott Center for Dance building at the University of Utah. It was while in Architecture that Brent was first introduced to Computer Graphics. It was early in the history of Computer Imaging and Brent soon found that his interest in Computer Graphics was starting to overtake his interest in Architecture. After returning to Graduate school and earning a Masters of Fine Arts Degree, Brent accepted a full time job as a Professor at BYU. After several years teaching Computer Graphics to students in the Design Department, the Visual Arts Department and the School of Technology, Brent helped create the Animation Major at BYU. Brent currently is the David Evans Chair in Computer Graphics as well as the Director of the Center for Animation.


Kelly Loosli
Assistant Professor

Office: F-574 HFAC
Phone: 801.422.1825
Email: kelly_loosli@byu.edu

Loosli has worked in animation and live action production for the past twenty two years, working on both the artistic and managerial sides of the industries. He began his career as a clay animator for television commercials at the age of 15. While attending Brigham Young University he received a Student Emmy for his clay animated film entitled Nocturnal. His professional work includes working for both DreamWorks Feature Animation and Buena Vista Motion Pictures at Disney, as well as supervising and coordinating global production efforts on various independent productions. Loosli is the co-creator of the Animation Program at Brigham Young University where he currently serves as the director of the program. He teaches traditional animation, storyboarding and visual development classes while overseeing the creation of both traditional and computer animated projects. In April of 2010, Loosli was listed as one of ten professors in the article Leaders in Learning from the magazine Variety. He lives in Draper, Utah with his wife and two children.


 

Seth Holladay
Assistant Professor

Office: 265 CTB
Phone: 801.422.6490
Email: seth_holladay@byu.edu

Seth studied Animation and Computer Science in college, then jumped directly into an internship at Pixar Animation Studios. He spent over three years at Pixar, starting out rendering final film frames for Cars.  His principle role was an Effects Technical Director, creating environmental effects (dust, water, explosions, etc.) for Ratatouille, WALL-E, and Up.  Now he is teaching 3-D animation art classes and doing research in physical dynamics simulations for film.


 

  Darl Larsen
Associate Professor

Office: F-351 HFAC 
Phone: 801.422.9184
Email: darl@byu.edu

 

Darl Larsen is the Graduate Coordinator and Associate Professor of Theatre & Media Arts at Brigham Young University. His emphasis is in film genres, film and theatre history, history of animation, screenwriting, and popular culture. He has published Monty Python's Flying Circus: An Utterly Complete, Thoroughly Unillustrated, Absolutely Unauthorized Guide to Possibly All the References From Arthur "Two Sheds" Jackson to Zambesi (2008), as well as Monty Python, Shakespeare and English Renaissance Drama (2003). He is currently working on an animation history textbook, has taught the History of Animation for Animation majors course since its inception, and is the married father of seven.

 


 

Cynthia Hogan

Office: F-484 HFAC 
Phone: 801.422.5892
Email: cynthia_hogan@byu.edu

Cynthia Hogan’s love of animation began with her introduction to Warner Brothers cartoons and the book “The Art of Disney”. However, it wasn’t until she was in Junior College that she seriously considered animation as an actual career option. When she saw Snow White for the first time in a drive-in theater she was mesmerized and made the decision that working in animation was the place she wanted to be.

Cynthia had the benefit of parents who knew people in the industry and they recommended she attend California Institute of the Arts, (CalArts), one of the few schools that offered training in Character Animation at that time. In 1985, she put together a portfolio, applied to CalArts, and was accepted into the Character Animation Department where she studied animation for the next three years. At the end of her third year, she received an internship at Disney Studios that led into her first job working as an inbetweener on “The Little Mermaid”. She continued to work her way up at Disney, becoming and Animating Assistant on “Rescuers Down Under” and an animator on “Beauty and the Beast” and “Aladdin”.

She moved on from Disney to work for Rich Animation and then for Warner Brothers Feature Animation. While she was working at Warner Brothers, she was recruited by their training department to work with a group of interns teaching them the basic principles of animation. She discovered she enjoyed teaching, so when she was later asked to teach an advanced animation class at Cal Arts, she accepted. It wasn’t long before she was given additional classes to teach and her responsibilities grew into a full time position. She became the Associate Director of the Character Animation Department and then the Interim Director.

In December of 2007, Cynthia received a phone call from Ryan Woodward, who informed her of the upcoming opening at BYU for the position of Animation Professor. She had been tracking the growth and success of the BYU animation department for sometime, and was impressed by what this young program had already accomplished. So when she was invited to apply for the new position, she happily submitted her curriculum vitae, and portfolio and was subsequently hired during the summer of 2008. Cynthia is now in her third year as a Visiting Instructor at BYU. She teaches beginning, intermediate and advanced animation and also teaches a figure drawing for animators, which is geared towards those who are hoping to get into the animation program.

Cynthia is also in the process of working on her Master of Fine Arts. Having finished her course work and written the first draft of the feature animation screenplay which is her thesis, she is now in the process of rewriting and polishing her thesis and hopes to have finished her masters by the end of this year.

When not teaching or working on her masters, Cynthia enjoys drawing, writing and performing music. She lives in Springville Utah with Husband, Dave and their two cats, Buddy and Elmer.

 


 

 

 

Parris K. Egbert

Office: 3360 TMCB
Phone: 801.422.4029
Email: egbert@cs.byu.edu

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Parris K. Egbert is a Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University. He received a B.S. degree from Utah State University in 1986 with a dual major in computer science and mathematics. Upon graduation, he worked for a time for Hewlett-Packard. He then attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he completed masters (1990) and doctoral (1992) degrees in computer science. Upon completion of his Ph.D., Dr. Egbert joined the BYU Computer Science faculty. In June 2008 he was appointed Chair of the Computer Science Department at BYU.

Dr. Egbert's research interests include real-time 3D computer graphics, global illumination for computer graphics, tools for computer animation, and the creation and navigation of virtual environments. His work has been published in SIGGRAPH, CVPR, Transactions on Graphics, Computational Intelligence, and other journals and conferences. Dr. Egbert is a member of the executive committee for the Center for Animation at BYU; he and his students have contributed to several of BYU's award-winning animated shorts in the past few years.

Dr. Egbert and his wife, the former Lori Gurr, are the parents of nine children.