Eriks Vitolins is a FrontEnd Engineer for Amazon Web Services. He was formerly an animator and Animation Development and Production Technology Liaison at Rhythm & Hues Studios. While at R&H, Eriks helped establish the groundbreaking ‘Animation Development Group’ (AnimDev) to assist the collaboration between the animation and other involved departments. As a key member of the AnimDev group, Eriks designed and developed tools, rigs, workflows and education in an effort improve artists’ efficiency for a number of tent-pole Hollywood projects including Snow White and the Huntsman, Hunger Games, The A-Team, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, and The Incredible Hulk.
Eriks has a BFA in Animation from the Academy of Art University.
Shish Aikat is the Head of Global Learning at The John Hughes Institute and Tau Films. He was initially a member of, and later ran, the Education and Global Learning Department at Rhythm & Hues Studios (R&H) for a decade. He was also the Vice Principal of Exceptional Minds, a digital arts school for young adults on the autism spectrum. In addition, he taught as a Lecturer in the School of Film and Television, Loyola Marymount University (LMU), Los Angeles, and in the Master of Professional Writing Program (MPW), University of Southern California (USC).
Shish received his M.F.A. from the Division of Animation and Digital Arts, School of Cinematic Arts (SCA), University of Southern California (USC), where he was also a Nickelodeon Fellow. He also has an M.A. in Communication Management from the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, USC. and a B.S.in Mechanical Engineering from Jadavpur University, Kolkata.
Tyler Cayce is a Lead Hair & Cloth TD at Blur Studio, and was previously a CFX artist at Psyop and Method Studios. He has worked on many feature films as well as commercials, video game trailers, video game cinematics, and Netflix animated shorts. Tyler has also been involved with large and small FX houses, ranging from Rhythm & Hues Studios and Digital Domain to Atomic Fiction and Psyop.
Tyler has a B.F.A in Visual Effects from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), as well as a B.S. in Computer Science from Clemson University.