Full name

Amanda Christine Smith

Title

Freelance Stopmotion Animator, Sculptor, and Prop Maker

Location

Atlanta, GA

Biography

Amanda is a highly motivated and creative individual living in Atlanta, Georgia. Since completing a puppet fabrication internship at Shadow Animation in Los Angeles, California, she has enrolled in graduate school at the Savannah College of Art and Design to further her knowledge of animation and sculpture. She is currently seeking freelance and/or full time employment in her field when she isn’t completing class assignments, contemplating trying out for roller derby, or on the hunt for new lawn gnomes and dolls to add to her collection.

Education

Walt Disney Imagineering Off Campus Course

Savannah College of Art and Design

Orlando, FL and Savannah, GA · March 2013 – May 2013

Studied Disney philosophy and storytelling through themed, immersive environments on site at Walt Disney World, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Epcot.

MFA Sculpture

Savannah College of Art and Design

Atlanta, GA · 2011 – Present

BFA Animation

Savannah College of Art and Design

Savannah, GA · 2007 – December 2010

Exhibitions
March 2015 Ladyfest Atlanta (Juried Group Show), The Mammal Gallery, Atlanta, GA
March 2015 Ladyfest Atlanta (Film Festival), The Big House Theater, Atlanta, GA
“The Little Zombie” Official Selection
March 2015 The Atlanta Film Festival (Film Festival), The Plaza Theater, 7 Stages Theater, Atlanta, GA
Assisted with assembly and animation for the opening sequence screened before every block of the festival.
November 2014 Buried Alive! Horror Film Festival (Film Festival), Fabrefaction Theater, Atlanta, GA
“True Love” Official Selection
July 2014 ASIFA-Atlanta Presents: Roll Yer Own (Film Festival), The Plaza Theater, Atlanta, GA
“The Little Zombie” and “The Dark Night of the Meat” Official Selections
May 2014 SCAD Puppetmation (Film Screening), The Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta, GA
“The Little Zombie” Official Selection
May 2014 XPT (Xperimental Puppetry Theater) (Juried Variety Show), The Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta, GA
“The Dark Night of the Meat” Official Selection, grant recipient
May 2013 XPT (Xperimental Puppetry Theater) (Juried Variety Show), The Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta, GA
“True Love” Official Selection, grant recipient
November 2011 Dream Machines (Graduate Student Group Show), Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, GA
June 2011 Beauty Is More Than Flesh (Group Charity Show), KSP (the loft), Atlanta, GA
October 2008 What I Did On Summer Vacation (Juried Group Show), Desotorow Gallery, Savannah, GA
Experience

XPT Filmmaker

The Center for Puppetry Arts

Atlanta, GA · February 2015 – Present

Received a grant to produce a stopmotion animated short film titled Roommate to be screened as part of the Center’s XPT (Xperimental Puppetry Theater) variety show.

Static Prop Fabrication Lead

13 Stories Haunted House

Newnan, GA · May 2014 – January 2015

Designed, fabricated, and acquired static props to be used in the haunt as well as completed scenic painting and managed actors for the Sacrifice attraction.

XPT Filmmaker

The Center for Puppetry Arts

Atlanta, GA · February 2014 – May 2014

Received a grant to produce a stopmotion animated short film titled The Dark Night of the Meat to be screened as part of the Center’s XPT (Xperimental Puppetry Theater) variety show.

XPT Filmmaker

The Center for Puppetry Arts

Atlanta, GA · February 2013 – May 2013

Received a grant to produce a stopmotion animated short film titled True Love to be screened as part of the Center’s XPT (Xperimental Puppetry Theater) variety show.

Chromakey Replacement

HS Photo Processing

Atlanta, GA · August 2012 – November 2013

Replaced green and blue screen backgrounds on thousands of still images.

Puppet Fabrication Intern

Shadowmachine Animation

Los Angeles, CA · September 2011 – December 2011

Puppet fabrication intern on Hell & Back, a new feature film by Shadow Animation starring Mila Kunis. Worked specifically on armature building, casting, and foam injection for puppets.

Freelance

Food Network's The Great Food Truck Race

Atlanta, GA · July 2011 – July 2011

Sculpted a large peach prop for 2nd season Atlanta episode.

Assistant Manager

Binder's Art Supplies and Frames

Atlanta, GA · December 2010 – September 2011