Joel is a creative content producer, technical artist, and driver of an electric fiat, based in Eugene, OR.



experienced producer and project manager with strong aptitude for creatively solving complex problems while remaining on-time and within budget;

warm and effective communicator, conveying concise and appropriate information to clients, high-level management, and team leaders;

rich skillset and work history with experience in all aspects of visual effects, film & photography, motion graphics & design, and 3D animation

passionate and pioneering attitude, quick to embrace and understand new technologies and workflows while smoothly integrating with existing pipelines and tools;

well-rounded, with years of experience as an artist, technical director, and small business owner, combining a mix of creative, analytical, and managerial skillsets.


Studio229, Los Angeles, CA — Co-Founder, Lead Producer


Produced and directed over 15 interactive and non-interactive projects for clients including Oculus, YouTube Red, Disney, LEGO, Nabisco, ASICS, GE and more.

Successfully produced & self-published 2 original VR titles to Steam & Oculus Home

Managed and directed up to 10 technical and creative artists located worldwide, working under limited time and budget, with great success and client satisfaction

Contributed to key creative and technical tasks, from marketing campaigns and daily client reviews to game programming and 3D animation, lighting, and rendering

Ran core business operations such as writing freelance work contracts, overseeing budgets and cash flow, running trademark evaluations, and complying with tax laws.

Luma Pictures, Santa Monica, CA — Compositor, Paint Artist; Staff Position

JANUARY 2011 - AUGUST 2012

Technical & creative artist on movies such as Thor, The Avengers, & Xmen: First Class

Trained new employees in the company pipeline and helped foster a creative community



East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN — Bachelors of Science

AUG 2008 - DEC 2010

Specialized in digital media, emphasis on VFX, post-production and game design

Graduated at age 20 with honors, Magna Cum Laude



Years of experience with videography & photography; expert knowledge of all Adobe Suite products; familiarity with UE4 blueprint language; highly proficient in Office and Google Apps; deep familiarity with Asana, Shotgun and other task management software; Blender 3D evangelist; rad ukulele player

Tidbits: Father of two kids, FPV Racing Drone pilot, avid video game player.

Favorite Games: Inside, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Elite Dangerous, Deponia series, Planetary Annihilation, Castle Crashers, Firewatch, Robo Recall (can you really have only one?!)



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