Steamroller exists to breathe life into stories, characters, and experiences in visual, physical, and virtual spaces. Each project that comes our way, be it a game, a film, or a theme park ride, exists in its own universe. It is our job to bring this multiverse to life. Our animators build believable characters and whole worlds in a multitude of universes, while our developers manipulate the rules of perception to transport you to a new definition of reality. We relish the opportunity to bring our clients’ universes to life while also developing our own stories.

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Saeko Matsutani

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Saeko Matsutani

Saeko Matsutani

1130 Greensboro Box 1164 Sarasota, FL 34234-5808

513 504 4465 – smatsuta@c.ringling.edu – www.saeko0201.wixsite.com/portfolio



B.F.A. – Computer Animation – May 2017 G.P.A. 3.39/4.00


COMPUTER ANIMATOR: Ringling College of Art & Design, Sarasota, FL. May 2013 – May 2017

As part of an upper-level course, produced 15-second scenes to demonstrate weight, force, gravity, and character emotion:

• Designed characters and environments, planned animation with thumbnails: researched indoor/outdoor lighting

• Modeled and textured characters, environments and props

• Animated pose to pose based on the situation: push/pull, sit/stand, silhouette, waiting, lip-sync

STORY ARTIST: Ringling College of Art & Design, Sarasota, FL. May 2013 – May 2017

As part of an upper-level course, worked under time-sensitive deadlines to develop one-
minutes stories for animation:

• Pitched ideas, with supported visual images to class: performed scenes with assistance of professional thespians and filmed exercises as reference to enhance emotional moments in each story.

• Developed storyboards based on video reference and class critique; edited boards into animatic with sound.


TRANSLATOR: Ringling College of Art & Design, Sarasota, FL. 2017

• Translated letters from Dr. Thompson, the president of Ringling College, into Japanese in order to communicate with employers and art colleges in Japan regarding student exchange opportunities and collaboration with Ringling College

ECOLOGY OF WATER THE WATERWORKS BUREAU: Ringling College of Art & Design, Sarasota,

FL. 2015

• Designed public artwork to communicate the extensive treatment process City of Sarasota drinking water goes through as it leaves the tap as safe, clean potable water

MOTE MARINE AQUARIUM VOLUNTEERING: Mote Marine Aquarium, Sarasota, FL. 2013

• Raised awareness about our oceans, and how to protect them, through photography and social media


•STUDENT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FUND: Ringling College of Art and Design, 2017

•FEATURED ARTIST: BEST OF RINGLING ART DISPLAY: Ringling College of Art and Design, 2015

•SCHOLASTIC ART & WRITING AWARDS: Dixie Height High School Summerfair, 2013



Computer: Working knowledge of Maya, Zbrush, Pixar Renderman plugin, Adobe Photoshop, Nuke; Advanced Basic of Adobe Premiere; Some Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Audition skills

Language: Fluent in English and Japanese

Traditional: Skilled in traditional art techniques and media including drawing, watercolor, acrylics, pen and ink


  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Premiere
  • Maya
  • Nuke
  • Pixar Renderman plugin
  • ZBrush


August 2013 - May 2017

B.F.A. - Computer Animation at Ringling College of Art and Design

  • Animation
  • Updated 3 years ago

To contact this candidate email smatsuta@c.ringling.edu

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