RESUME

WORK EXPERIENCE

 

Beirut, Lebanon

Jan 2012 - present

 

 

Lebanon | UAE | UK  |  USA

Jun 2006 - present

Lebanon

Oct 2006 - Dec 2010

 

Beirut, Lebanon

Jan 2010

 

Zouk Mosbeh, Lebanon

Sp 2008 - Sp 2010

 

Beirut, Lebanon

Apr 2009 - Jul 2009

 

Beirut, Lebanon

Mar 2007 - Oct 2008

  

Waraq | Art NGO and Multi-disciplinary Collective

CO-FOUNDER

- Launched one of the few art NGOs and cultural spaces in Beirut that encourages artists from varying disciplines

- Established a growing community of 26,000 members

- Achieved social impact through multi-disciplinary interactive experiences and workshops around the city and internationally (Beirut, Dubai, Armenia, Tehran)

- Developed commissioned and self-initiated projects, and fostered relationships with local and international entities, including NGOs, festivals, book fairs, and educational/art centers (Beirut Animated Festival, Beirut Design Week, Dubai Sikka Art Fair, TUMO center for creative technologies, European Union, The Carton)

 

Self-Employed

CREATIVE DIRECTOR | ANIMATOR | ILLUSTRATOR | GRAPHIC DESIGNER

 

- Handled creative and art direction, design, storyboarding, illustration, 2D and 3D computer animation, stop motion animation.

- Oversaw the development of products from concept to promotion

- Generated music videos, television commercials, short films, web series, info-graphic animations, and illustrated books

- Worked with stand-alone artists (Tania Saleh), brands (Coca-Cola), advertising agencies (JWT, Leo Burnett), broadcasting companies (BBC), and NGOs (Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture)

 

Therefordesign

CO-MANAGER OF ANIMATION DEPARTMENT

 

- Developed the first “Sanita Dreams 3D Box”; A cubic stereoscopic aquarium

- Generated 2D and 3D products for print, web, and television

 

Lebanese American University

INSTRUCTOR

 

- Designed and facilitated a 32-hour Autodesk 3ds Max workshop for senior Graphic Design students

- Introduced students to the principles and techniques of animation, and trained and guided them to design, model, texture, rig, animate, and render a character in 3D

 

Notre Dame University

PART-TIME INSTRUCTOR

 

- Designed and instructed courses on Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, and Autodesk 3ds Max, covering 3D character design, modeling, texturing and animation in the faculty of Natural and Applied Science and the faculty of Humanities

- Inspired students to think outside the box and explore different techniques of compositing and animation

 

Charisma TV Productions

CONTRACT-BASED FREELANCER

 

- Handled facial modeling, texturing, and morphing of all characters on Autodesk 3ds max and MotionBuilder for a web series

 

Beirut Animation Network

3D ARTIST

 

- Launched the first fully animated 3D music video in the Middle East for virtual artist "Yaya"

- Modeled, rigged, and animated all characters for television commercials, animatics, web videos, and series

 

 

EDUCATION

 

Online

Jun 2014 - Aug 2014

 

Zouk Mosbeh, Lebanon

2007

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

 

Dubai, UAE

Sep 2011

 

 

Beirut, Lebanon

May 2011

 

 

Beirut, Lebanon

Sep 2008 - Dec 2010

 

Lebanon

2002 - 2010

 

iAnimate.net | Advanced Character Animation Training

FEATURE ANIMATION | WORKSHOP 2: BODY MECHANICS

 

Notre Dame University

BS in COMPUTER SCIENCE | CONCENTRATION COMPUTER GRAPHICS AND ANIMATION

 

 

  

  

Animate 11 | Celebration of Entrepreneurship

SPEAKER | CREATIVE SHOWCASE

 

- Shared experience, skills and knowledge in the animation field with conference attendees

- Motivated and guided aspiring animators and built connections with animation and illustration professionals and studios

 

Beirut Animated Festival

WORKSHOP CO-DESIGNER | FACILITATOR

 

- Directed and supervised participants from Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Tunisia, and Egypt in an intensive 7-day workshop to design,

create a story for, fabricate, and animate their own puppet

- Led participants in constructing a set and shooting a short stop motion film that was showcased in the animation festival

 

FDCD | Forum for Development, Culture and Dialogue

MEMBER OF YOUTH COMMITTEE

 

- Held meetings and discussions around cultural dialogue, exchange, and development among youth in the Middle East

- Actively participated in workshops on “Laughter across Euromed” and “Intercultural and Religious Dialogue”

 

l‘Association des Guides du Liban | Girl Scouts

SCOUT MASTER | DISCTRICT COMMISSIONER

 

- Led and trained girl scouts and leaders through character building programs, skills coaching, community service projects, training camps and weekly meetings around Lebanon

- Supervised large groups of 30 to 500 scouts and leaders of varying ages

- Designed and illustrated annual reviews and printed materials

 

 

TRAINING

 

Burbank, USA

Nov 2014

 

 

Freikeh, Lebanon

Sep 2007 - Jul 2010

 

 

London, UK

Aug 2009

 

Beirut, Lebanon

May 2009

 

Beirut, Lebanon

Mar 2009

 

Beirut, Lebanon

Feb 2009

LANGUAGES

 

English

Arabic

French

 

 

 

  

CTN Animation Expo

ATTENDEE

 

- Attended workshops, lectures and portfolio reviews by pioneer animators and directors from major animation studios

- Built connections and collaborations with professionals, and was hired as a remote animator for the short animated film “Two-Headed Cop” by director and animator Derek Friesenborg

 

Ecole du Theatre Moderne

STUDENT | ACTOR

 

- Completed an intensive two-year acting program with Lebanese writer, director and theater pioneer Mounir Abou Debs

- Perfomed in two theater productions

 

The Place

STUDENT | SUMMER INTENSIVES

 

- Explored body motion, weight, and balance through “Contemporary 1”,“Contact Improvisation”, and “Contemp African Dance”

 

The Basement

PARTICIPANT | ANIMATION / VJ WORKSHOP

 

- Worked with video artist Kama and illustrator Oliver D’Auria

- Created stop motion sequences and explored their use in VJing

 

Khayat and Ziko House

PARTICIPANT | ATELIER DE MARIONETTES (PUPPET-MAKING WORKSHOP)

 

- Practiced puppet sculpting, and studied joints and mechanisms with French sculpter and puppeteer Sophie Taïs

 

Christelle Khodr and Antoine Bouguier

PARTICIPANT | PANTOMIME / SILENT MOVIE TECHNIQUE WORKSHOP

 

- Applied methods of storytelling through silent movement

 

 

 

COMPUTER SKILLS

 

Mac OSX | Windows XP

IOS | Android

Adobe® Photoshop® | Illustrator® | InDesign® Adobe® After Effects® | Premiere®

Autodesk 3ds max® | Maya® | MotionBuilder

Dragonframe

DigiCel FlipBook

macromedia® DREAMWEAVER®MX | FLASH®MX

Anime Studio Pro

GarageBand

Microsoft® Word | Excel | PowerPoint®

 

 

 

PROFESSIONAL SKILLS

 

Active Listening

Communication

Conflict Resolution and Mediation

Team Leadership and Coordination

Self-Management

Responsibility and Accountability

Flexibility and Adaptability

 

 

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