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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




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 College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

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, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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