Professor of Visual Effects, SCAD
Bridget Gaynor is currently a Professor of Visual Effects at the Savannah College of Art and Design.
With over 30 years of computer graphics experience, her current focus in teaching is Digital Lighting and Rendering, and the merging of computer-generated assets into live action footage. This skillset is often referred to as the cornerstone of the Visual Effects as it emphasizes the invisible effects and photorealism that elevates so many films to become blockbusters. Prior to SCAD, Bridget worked at Rhythm and Hues studios as a Technical Director with a focus on Digital Lighting and Look Development. Her film credits include a variety of films including Garfield, The Cat in the Hat, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. She also has experience creating content for commercials, themed entertainment, and more.
Passionate about new technology, Bridget is keeping her eye on the constant evolution of the Visual Effects industry. The current trend toward Virtual Production technologies requires a pivot of tools with a focus on real-time rendering which is offering an exciting opportunity to use tools often used by game developers, but in a new way. Her involvement in professional organizations such as the Visual Effects Society have led her to be part of their VES Georgia Board of managers to help strengthen the growing visual effects community in Georgia and throughout the industry. Her contributions to the SIGGRAPH computer graphics community include participation not only in the conference, but a variety of committees with a focus on education and conference content.