Eric Farrar

Associate Professor - Arts Tech And Comm
Tags: Animation & Games Design & Technology Emerging Media Art Art & Science

Professional Preparation

M.F.A. - Visual Communication Design
Ohio State University - 2004
B.F.A. - Music Performance
Ohio University - 1988

Research Areas

Research Interests
  • 3D and 2D Animation
  • Animation History
  • Character Setup/ Rigging
  • Narrative Storytelling
  • Music/Sound as a Design Element


Assistant Professor
University of Texas at Dallas [2009–Present]
Assistant Professor
Ohio University [2008–Present]
Visiting Professional
Ohio University [2006–2008]
Ohio State University [1999–2000]

Additional Information

Creative Work
BREAKING NEWS:THE COLLISION OF JOURNALISM AND CONSUMERiSM IN A DEMOCRACY 2007 -2008 Designed and produced informational motion graphics for this documentary written and directed by Eric Williams, Assistant Professor, at the Ohio University School of Media Arts and Studies. The film examines the complex interactions between a free press and consumerism in the emerging democracy of Ukraine following their Orange Revolution. Collaborated with Beth Novak, Assistant Professor in the School of Media Arts and Studies, to create a series of moving map sequences, charts, title graphics and bottom third information for this documentary.   THE LAST PIECE August 2008 Co-edited and created title graphics for this short film created as part of the 2008 48—Hour Film Competition held in Columbus, Ohio. The film won Best Musical Score and Best Use of Columbus Landmark and received Honorable Mention for Best Editing, Best Cinematography and Best Use of Character.   SPRIRAL BOUND September 2007 Created visual effects for this short film created as part of the 2007 48-Hour Film Project held in Cleveland, Ohio. The film won Best Use of Prop for its depiction of a notebook whose pages “magically" displayed written text to help its absent-minded owner find misplaced items.   INTERACTIVE FIREFIGHTER TRAINING SIMULATION 2006-2007 Ohio University’s Game Research and Interactive Design (GRID) Lab was commissioned by Owens Community College to develop this a proof-of-concept, augmented-reality game for firefighter trainees. Trainees were introduced to a variety of fire fighting scenarios through the use of a virtual game environment. Provided 3D modeling and character rigging services to the developers at the GRID Lab for a number of assets used in the game which included the following: a. 3D bed model with textures b. 5D fire hydrant model with textures . c. Complete body tig (movable joints and controls systems) for a virtual Hrehghter character d. Complete body rigs (movable joints and control systems) for two virtual victim characters.
Professional Experience
CHARACTER RIGGING TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Rhythm & Hues Studios, Inc., Los Angeles, California 2004-2006 Incorporated skeletal and muscle systems (rigging) into 3D character models so they could be animated. Created systems for clean deformations as well as intuitive and efiicient animation controls. Oversaw and supported use of character rigs through the animation pipeline. Set up dynamic cloth, hair and fur simulations. Wrote custom scripts to help optimize workflow procedures. Characters ranged from simple bipedal characters to complex quadrupedal animals as well as highly detailed and realistic facial rigs. Major projects included:
  • Night at the Museum
  • Character setup and rigging
  • Cox Communication: Commercial TV Spots
  • Character setup and rigging
  • Cloth and fur dynamic simulation
  • The Chronicles of Narnia.· The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
  • Character setup and rigging


Solid Tone Productions 1997-1999 Designed and developed custom websites for commercial clients. Services ranged from HTML and ]avaScript coding, to custom graphics and electronic commerce functionality.   DRUMMER/PERCUSSIONIST Columbus and Central Ohio, Freelance 1988-1998 Performed as a professional freelance drummer/percussionist for a number of different musical performing and recording groups including The Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Springfield, Ohio, singer/songwriter Donna Mogavero, and jazz pianists Chris Young and Scott Steelman.   PRICING ADMINISTRATOR General Electric Company, Superabrasives Division 1991-1997 Developed customer pricing system utilizing Microsoft Access database that was used by global sales force, customer service center and product managers. Received GE Best Practices Award for savings and effciencies provided.
  • Best Use of Columbus Landmark-for title graphics work done in The Last Piece, a short film completed for the 2008 48-Hour Film Project in Columbus, Ohio
  • Best Use of Prop—for visual effects work done in Spiral Bound, a short film completed for the 2007 48-Hour Film Project in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Edith Fergus——Gilmore Materials and Scholarship Award, 2001 for a series of visual music pieces created while a student at Ohio State University