Jeff Martell has been teaching Animation and Motion Studies at the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities since 2014. He received his B.F.A. from NYU Tisch with a major in Film and Television and a minor in Psychology. During his time at the Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television, he was fortunate enough to receive classroom instruction from John Canemaker, Antonio Monda, Lamar Sanders, Marco Williams, Sang Jin Bae, Barbara Malmet, Dean Lennert, and Gay Abel Bey. He was also able to attend lectures or studio sessions featuring Martin Scorcese, Darren Aronofsky, Joel and Ethan Coen, Satoshi Kon, and Chen Yi Chang. His award-nominated short films and screenplays have been recognized domestically and abroad at the Akira Kurosawa Memorial Short Film Festival, the Action On Film Festival, The Bare Bones Film Festival, and the Southern Margins Film Festival. His paintings have also been exhibited in group shows in the Chelsea district of Manhattan and in Brooklyn, New York. He brings real-world production experience to the classroom and his background as a classically-trained fine artist lends a very traditional approach to teaching the foundation of Animation and Motion Design.
“After animating for a time, you start to see the universe as this huge living system of interacting processing. Even inanimate things, physics tells us, are vast deposits of mass particles all bouncing around exchanging spin direction or valency. Animation is the process of creating a living artwork frame by frame, and it is often more important to consider the life between the frames than it is to capture the frames themselves. It should be the goal of every animator to execute motion design with a level of quality that viewers can instantly recognize, regardless of the subject matter.”