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Stephen Baker

Instructor

Courses: Introduction to 3D/Maya,Texture and Surface, Introduction to 3D, Maya, Lighting, Animation, Rigging

Steve joined the DAC in 2006. He has a Masters Degree in Architecture (M. Arch) from the University of Colorado Denver and a Bachelors Degree in Construction Management (B.S.) for Colorado State University.  He is a licensed architect in the state of Colorado.

For the past ten years, Steve has owned and operated his own computer animation company, The Shepherd’s Workshop, LLC.  During these ten years, he has designed and/or visualized more than thirty churches and cathedrals across the nation.   Several of his projects have been influential in raising millions of dollars in funds for building projects.  For example, his most recent visualization spearheaded the launch of a fundraising campaign and successfully helped raise over twenty-four million in funds.

Steve’s architectural experience includes the areas of CAD, Computer Aided Manufacturing 3D prototype printing and Building Information Modeling. With the aid of these technologies, he has been able to virtually build construction worthy 3D models and construction documents of entire buildings before they are built

In addition to the many years of experience in the 3D visualization industry, Steve also produces 3D animated children’s videos.  Most notably is the production of a 30-minute series “The Kings of Christmas” which aired on PBS and still airs annually on cable.  He was the director, animator, screenwriter and sound engineer for this two-year production. Coinciding with the video, he published a companion children’s book.

Steve’s professional career reaches across many industries.  Some of these varied industries include providing motion capture and character animation services for accident reconstruction for legal presentations to being the Lead Animator for the graphic animations for HGTV’s pilot series TRENDS.  As well, he has developed advanced visualizations of furniture and cabinetry designs for manufacturers across the nation.  While, most recently his 3D visualizations services helped launch a new product line for Dad Gear, LLC by providing 3D animated simulations of their line ob baby handbag products.

Steve is currently the Executive Director of Holy Solies Media, a not-for-profit 501 (c) 3 public charity that focuses on creating 3D animated educational videos and web content.  Created in 2005, Holy Solies provides an avenue to continually refine his animation skills as well as provide quality free education for children.  For this charity he has implemented the use of full-body optical motion capture systems and cutting edge facial animation to streamline production.

In addition to his production experience, Steve also has over seven years in college level instruction in 3D animation, modeling and rendering.   Classes that he taught have ranched from intro and advanced classes in 3DS Max, Maya and ZBrush to advanced engineering simulation and architectural visualization techniques, game authoring, and set design.

 
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