This iD Tech alumna is a computer animation award winner and an indie video game designer!
This former camper and current student at the University of California’s School of Cinematic Arts won 1st place in Project Yellow Light’s Don’t Text and Drive campaign, with her work broadcasted nationally by the Ad Council. Katherine has also been putting her skills to use as an artist, animator, and art producer for video games.
After attending iD Tech Camps for four years, Katherine was inspired to do big things in the areas of design and animation. Her first two short films, “Subway” and "St. Petersburg,” were winners—capturing 1st and 2nd place, as well as “Best of Show,” at New Mexico’s Digital Desert Youth Film Festival.
But it was Katherine’s creation for Project Yellow Light’s Don’t Text and Drive campaign that helped cement the idea that a career in animation is attainable. She won 1st place for her “Be a Friend” clip—a spot that depicted the dangers of texting and driving. The Ad Council broadcasted Katherine’s work nationally as a public service announcement.
She says that iD Tech Camps was instrumental in sparking her interest in animation, beginning with her very first game creation camp session. Four years of “fantastic experiences” later inspired Katherine to pursue a degree – and career – in animation.
“iD Tech Camps has more than impacted my goals…it essentially created my goals because I would have never been so interested in animation or programming if I hadn’t attended iD Tech Camps.”
Named a National Merit Scholar, Katherine is attending the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts on Presidential Scholarship (where she is majoring in animation with a minor in Russian). Recently, she has become closely involved with the USC Cinema School's Interactive Media Department where she creates video games.
Each year for the past three years, she has taken part in her campus' "Advanced Game Project," collaborating with students across a variety of departments to produce and demo video games for peers, faculty members, and gaming industry pros. A game she worked on as a Freshman was picked up for release on the Ouya and was also selected for IndieCade 2014.
Reflecting on her time at iD Tech Camps, Katherine mentions that her multi-summer experience was more than valuable in getting her started.
"I've always been interested in video games, and iD tech gave me the tools to refine my art and understand other aspects of game creation like programming and design. It's extremely exciting to me that I get to keep bringing my experiences from iD Tech into my life in practical ways."
Katherine encourages other campers to take courses and explore new horizons. Through iD Tech, she found new interests and developed skills, and is now on her way to securing a rewarding and enjoyable future in art and video game design.
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