- CG Spectrum is an online animation, VFX, digital painting, and game development school that brings the industry to you. Whether straight out of high school, changing careers, or upgrading skills, our goal is to help you build the job skills and confidence to pursue your dream career in film and games. Get more out of your education with world-class career training and mentorship from leading film and game industry experts.
Daniel Hourigan | CG Spectrum VFX Dept. Head - Daniel is a skilled Senior Houdini FX Artist with more than 15 years of experience working in 3D animation and VFX for film. Proficient in a range of professional VFX software including Houdini and Nuke, Daniel has been working as a Lead FX Artist at Method Studios on movies such as Terminator: Dark Fate, John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum, and Aquaman. Other notable projects include Game of Thrones, The Wolverine and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2.
Ben Fox | CG Spectrum Mentor of Houdini FX - Ben Fox is the Head of Digital Production at the Morehead Planetarium at UNC Chapel Hill pushing the limits of Houdini to build immersive worlds. Before that, he was a Lead FX Technical Director at Framestore, New York. Notable past projects at Framestore include feature films SALT and The Smurfs as well as numerous high-profile commercial projects: GEICO, Benjamin Moore, Mercedes Benz, Snickers and HBO to name a few. Other notable projects include spearheading Unreal Engine VR experience builds for Game of Thrones, Interstellar, Ready Player One and the Lockheed Martin Field Trip to Mars.
Brittany Piacente | CG Spectrum Mentor of VFX Compositing - Brittany is a Senior Compositor for film & TV, now working at Weta Digital. She has been in leadership positions at each studio she has been with, including Method Studios, Mr. X, and Deluxe in LA, Toronto and Montreal. Brittany has a BA in Animation from SCAD and her skills range from compositing to VFX to stereo work. Brittany's long list of credits includes: Loki, Vikings (Season 6), Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Black Panther, Mad Max: Fury Road, A Dog's Journey, Blade Runner 2049 and American Gods.
Sean Amlaner | CG Spectrum Compositing Dept. Head - Sean has worked as a Compositing Supervisor, Senior Compositor, and Senior Artist Trainer for studios such as Technicolor VFX, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Rhythm & Hues, and many others. During his career, he has had the opportunity to work on projects such as Star Trek: Picard, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and Avengers: Infinity War.
Maxine Schnepf | CG Spectrum Career Development Manager - Maxine's job is to help CG Spectrum students get industry-ready through career advice, portfolio reviews and priceless insider insights from her time as a former VFX Producer at Technicolor and Resources Manager at Mr. X. She has been involved in every stage of the VFX production pipeline, and worked on major films including Blade Runner 2049, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Doctor Strange, and three Star Wars films.