Cheryl Briggs

Cheryl Briggs, M.F.A.

Cheryl Briggs (formerly Cabrera) is an award winning animated short film director and has advised and guided aspiring animators, game artists, and visual effects artists for 20 years. Since 2009, Cheryl has been teaching all aspects of production in the Character Animation specialization in the School of Visual Arts and Design at the University of Central Florida.  She also taught as Professor of Animation at the Savannah College of Art and Design from 2001 to 2009. Cheryl is currently on the Board of Directors for the Animation Hall of Fame is a member of SIGGRAPH, ASIFA-Hollywood, Women in Animation, Women in Film and Television, and the Society for Animation Studies.

Cheryl is also an Autodesk Certified Professional and an Autodesk Certified Instructor in Maya; Author of An Essential Introduction to Maya Character Rigging (2021 CRC Press, 2008 Focal Press), Reel Success: Creating Demo Reels and Animation Portfolios (2013, Focal Press), and Animating Short Stories: Narrative Techniques and Visual Design (2019, Bloomsbury Academic).

Cheryl holds a B.A. and M.Ed. in Education and an M.F.A. in Computer Art with a specialization in 3D Animation. She is a digital artist and animator that blends the lines between digital imagery and the traditional painting medium. She has participated is numerous group and solo exhibitions in the US and her works are featured is several private collections. Her award-winning students have been featured in animation festivals worldwide, and many have gone on to work within the entertainment industry.

Education

  • M.F.A. in Computer Art : 3D Animation from Savannah College of Art and Design (2001)

Research Interests

  • animation
  • rigging for animation
  • character animation
  • animation production 
  • animation filmmaking
  • motion capture
  • animation history
  • narrative storytelling
  • visual storytelling
  • digital storytelling

Recent Research Activities

The Animator's Oral History Project 

Selected Publications

Books

  • Briggs, C. (2021). Essential Introduction to Maya Character Rigging (2nd ed.). Boca Raton and Oxford.: CRC Press.

  • Briggs, C. (2019). Animating Short Stories: Narrative techniques and visual design. London: Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN: 978-1350103924
  • Cabrera, C. (2013). Reel Success: Creating Demo Reels and Animation Portfolios. Burlington: Focal Press.  224 pgs. ISBN: 978-024082102
  • Cabrera, C. (2008). An Essential introduction to Maya Character Rigging.  Oxford: Elsevier Ltd. 408 pgs. ISBN: 978-0240520827

Awards

2021 CAH Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award 

2020 Research Incentive Award

2018 CAH Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award 

2017 Teaching Incentive Program Award

Activities

  • Program Director for the Emerging Media MFA - Animation and Visual Effects Track
  • Area Coordinator for the Emerging Media BFA - Character Animation Track
  • Motion Capture Engineer for FIEA 
  • Directing Faculty Advisor for 2021 Cohort films, Forget-Me-Not and Symfaunic, 2020 Cohort films Delivery and Stick to Manual, 2017 Cohort films, Dreamweaver and Cuddlefish; 2011 Cohort films, Mustache Mayhem and Squeaky Business 
  • Faculty Advisor for the UCF Art Club

Committees:

  • UCF Graduate Program Review and Awards
  • Chair SVAD Emerging Media Character Animation Portfolio
  • SVAD P&T Committee

Courses

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
10326 DIG4451C Vis Storytelling & Vis Dev Wrk Face to Face (P) M 10:00 AM - 11:50 AM Unavailable
No Description Available
10327 DIG4451C Vis Storytelling & Vis Dev Wrk Face to Face (P) M 01:00 PM - 03:50 PM Unavailable
No Description Available
11331 DIG5366C Anim & Vfx Prod Ⅱ Face to Face (P) Tu 06:00 PM - 08:50 PM Unavailable
No Description Available
11339 DIG6389C Anim & Vfx Prod Ⅳ Face to Face (P) Th 06:00 PM - 08:50 PM Unavailable
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
80783 DIG3433C Visual Storytelling & Visual Face to Face (P) M 10:00 AM - 11:50 AM Unavailable
No Description Available
81472 DIG6388C Anim & Vfx Prod Ⅲ Mixed-Mode/Reduce Seat-Time(M) Th 06:00 PM - 08:50 PM Unavailable
No Description Available
81682 DIG6866C Tech Prob Solv for Anim & Vfx Face to Face (P) Tu 06:00 PM - 08:50 PM Unavailable
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
61391 DIG6589C Digital Asset Portfolio Devel Face to Face (P) C M,W 09:00 AM - 10:20 AM Unavailable
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
10686 DIG4354C Advanced 3d Animation Mixed-Mode/Reduce Seat-Time(M) Tu 01:00 PM - 03:50 PM Unavailable
No Description Available
10751 DIG4354C Advanced 3d Animation Mixed-Mode/Reduce Seat-Time(M) Tu 10:00 AM - 11:50 AM Unavailable
No Description Available
16895 DIG5366C Anim & Vfx Prod Ⅱ Mixed-Mode/Reduce Seat-Time(M) Tu 06:00 PM - 08:50 PM Unavailable
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
91983 ART3643C Digital Effects & Compositing Mixed-Mode/Reduce Seat-Time(M) M 10:00 AM - 11:50 AM Available
No Description Available
81857 DIG6384C Directing for Anim & Vfx Mixed-Mode/Reduce Seat-Time(M) Tu 06:00 PM - 08:50 PM Available
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
59485 DIG6589C Digital Asset Portfolio Devel Face to Face (P) C M,W 09:00 AM - 10:20 AM Unavailable
No Description Available

Updated: Jun 15, 2021