Our fearless leader, Bill Faris, was recently honored by his alma mater, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, with the Mass Communications Alumni Award. Bill was selected for this prestigious award for his success in his field as well as his involvement and continued support of the school's communications department. His name is engraved on a plaque that will hang in the department's offices.
Bill has allowed SIUE classes to come to Avatar Studios to see a professional production studio at work, he has spoken to numerous classes and has provided internships for SIUE students over the past 20 plus years.
Congratulations, Bill! Click here to read the official announcement: http://www.siue.edu/MASSCOMM/Faris.html>
Veteran video engineer Brad Shelton has signed on with Avatar Studios as its new VP of operations where he'll oversee the day-to-day dealings of the St. Louis-based media communications company.
Shelton is known well in the local production community, spending 16 years working at the former Technisonic Studios. He began his career at Technisonic as chief engineer, rising to become the company's vice president of operations/engineering. During his time at Technisonic, Shelton helped redesign the firm from the ground up, bringing them into the digital age.
Happy New Year from The Avatar team! We are tremendously excited for 2011 as we begin some interesting and innovative new projects with the help of a great new creative talent. We proudly introduce to you Jack Larson, who recently relocated from Chicago to join Avatar as a Motion Designer/Editor. Jack brings unique skills to our team in these areas and has worked on high profile video and post-production projects across the country. He is already putting his talents and passion to work for brands such as Michelin, Save-A-Lot, Express Scripts and digital signage for 900 North Michigan Avenue.
An expert in Adobe After Effects, Jack has eight years experience behind the camera as well as a creative director to designers and shooters. He has a bachelor's degree in Radio-TV-Film with a concentration in field and post-production from Indiana University.
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