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Visual Effects and Animation Experts to Highlight Two-Day Conference at Ramapo College

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Ramapo Alum Brian Walters, Rough Layout Lead, Sony Imageworks

MAHWAH, N.J. – Professionals in the world of film visual special effects and animation will discuss their trade and give a peek behind the scenes during a two-day VFX/Animation Conference on February 7-8 at Ramapo College of New Jersey.

Ramapo alumnus and Oscar winner Brian Walters (“Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse”), cinematographer James Williams (“Building a Dancer”), creative director Johnny Motion (“Iron Man 2”) and Ramapo alumna Samantha O’Malley (MLB animation/graphics) highlight the experts panel.

The conference, to be held in Ramapo College’s Berrie Center for Visual and Performing Arts, will also include workshops for students and educators and the Black Maria Film Festival special animation screening. For information and to reserve tickets, call 201-684-7844 or visit Free parking is available.

For other inquiries, contact Associate Professor of 3D Design and Animation Ann LePore at

Media wishing to attend may contact Angela Daidone, public relations specialist at Ramapo College, at or 201-684-7477.


Friday, February 7

New Jersey Young Filmmakers Festival 7-9 p.m. Showcase of high school and college animators

Sharp Theater

Free and open to the public

Saturday, February 8

Johnny Motion, Chief Creative Director, Perception

K-12 Educator Workshop on Animation, STEAM and Grant Writing1:30-4 p.m.

Meet in Berrie Center Lobby


Jr. High and HS Students Workshop on Stop Motion and 3D Animation, 1:30-4 p.m.

Meet in Berrie Center Lobby


Animation and VFX Professionals Panel, 5-7 p.m.  Featuring Oscar-winning alumnus Brian Walters, James Williams, Johnny Motion, and alumna Samantha O’Malley

Sharp Theater


Black Maria Special Animation Festival, 8-10 p.m.

Sharp Theater

$10 Adult, $5 with student ID at the door




About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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