BiographyI am a founding faculty and Program Director for the MFA in Emerging Media – Animation and Visual Effects track (since 2016) and Area Coordinator of the BFA in Emerging Media – Character Animation track at the University of Central Florida (UCF) (since 2014). For the past 20 years, I have taught a wide variety of courses covering the animation production pipeline at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Since my arrival at UCF in 2009, I expanded awareness of the UCF Character Animation track through film festival entries which have resulted in the student films being screened at hundreds of festivals, with many winning awards. My leadership history, coupled with expertise in both digital and fine arts, has provided opportunities for cultivating and
forming collaborations on various projects among industry partners, alumni, colleagues, and students. When it comes to technologies and emerging trends, I am Motion Capture Engineer for the Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy and have several Mocap, VR and AR projects in various stages of completion all while collaborating with industry professionals, science, performing arts, and game faculty, as well as undergraduate and graduate students. Additionally, I am an Autodesk Certified Instructor and Professional in Maya.
Over the past 6 years, I have been awarded over $1 million in internal technology grants to improve the BFA and MFA animation programs, served on various successful hiring committees within animation, digital media, as well as interactive and game design. During this time, I have produced several fruitful strategies for MFA and BFA student recruitment, quadrupling our applicant pools. A recent move of our entire program (3 computer labs, a 2D animation lab, a multipurpose classroom, breakroom, and 4 faculty offices, from Downtown Orlando to Research Park) was successful due to my coordination, organizational skill, and significant leadership. I have sought out and encouraged opportunities for professional development for my colleagues and staff at both internal and external conferences such as the UCF Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, SIGGRAPH, and the Society for Animation Studies. I am an active member of ACM SIGGRAPH, Women in Animation (WIA), the Animation Hall of Fame, and an ANNIE award voting member of ASIFA- Hollywood, serving on the jury for the student Annie nominations. We celebrate the cultural diverseness and individual differences of our students and faculty through our mentoring program, creative work, and semester events. You can find my portfolio of professional work and student work on my website www.cherylcreates.com
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
rigging for animation
Favorite Game: Classic Arcade games like Pac Man, Galaga, and Centipede
Favorite Movies: Animated films, of course!
Hobbies: Working, writing, walking, and watching old sitcoms
I’m a Geek Because: My life revolves around animation.
Bonjour mes amis. Comment ça va? I am a native of New Orleans and proud to bring my Cajun and Creole heritage with me wherever I go by cooking up a gumbo and making pralines for all, happily sharing "Joie de Vivre" with the world!
My favorite quotes about my hometown city:
"We dance when there is no music. We drink at funerals. We talk too much, and live too large and, frankly, we're suspicious of those who don't." - Chris Rose
"She is a New Orleans girl, and New Orleans girls never live anywhere else and even if they do, they always come back. That's just the way it is. This is where she belongs. End of discussion." - Chris Rose
“America has only three cities: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland.” - Tennessee Williams