• Art + Design

Jason Donati

Visiting Associate Teaching Professor

Jason is an award-winning animator, cinematographer, and his personal animated films have been showcased internationally at Festivals and conferences including SIGGRAPH 1999 & 2000, Ani Mundi 1999 (Rio De Janeiro, Brazil), Seoul Film Festival 1999 (Seoul, Korea) and ASIFA East 1999 & 2000. Donati is also a long-time member of ACM/SIGGRAPH as well as the Association Internationale du Film  Animation (ASIFA East).

In 2007, Donati published his first book, Exploring Digital Cinematography: An Introduction to the Essential Concepts and Technologies of Digital Cinematography, with Cengage Learning.

Jason has an M.F.A. from Rochester Institute of Technology and a B.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Most recently, Jason has taught courses in Textures, Lights & Rendering and Special Topics in Games at Mount Ida College.

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Education

  • M.F.A. from Rochester Institute of Technology
  • B.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst

Awards

  • First Place, Rhode Island International Film Festival (Providence Film Festival Award), 2008 (Judge: George T. Marshall)
  • First Place, MIMC Awards (Massachusetts Interactive Media Council), 2003 (Judge: Peter O'Neil)
  • First Place, New York State Student Film and Video Festival (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers), 2000 (Judge: Art Cosgrove)
  • First Place, Motion Art Festival (Best Student Animation), 1999 (Judge: Frank Arundel)
  • First Place, New York State Student Film and Video Festival (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers), 1999 (Judge: Art Cosgrove)
  • Scholarship Winner, Rhythm & Hues Studios Inc. (Cinematography), 1999 (Judge: Pauline Tso)
  • Scholarship Winner, The Erik Timmerman Award (Animation), 1998 (Judge: Howard Lester)
  • Scholarship Winner, The Foundations Award (Animation), 1997 (Judge: Patricia Galvis-Assmus)
  • First Honorable Mention, ASIFA-East Animated Film Festival (Student Film), 1999 (Judge: David levy)
  • Second Honorable Mention, ASIFA-East Animated Film Festival (Student Film), 2000 (Judge: David levy)
  • Selected, SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival (Animation Theater), 2000 (Judge: Joe Takai)
  • Selected, SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival (Animation Theater), 1999 (Judge: Brian Blau)
  • Selected, 7th International Animation Festival of Brazil, 1999 (Judge: Aida Queiroz)
  • Selected, California SUN International Film Festival, 1999 (Judge: Jack Reily)
  • Selected, NextFrame - UFVA's Touring Festival of International Student Film & Video, 1999 (Judge: Juan Carlos Rojas)
  • Featured, Digital Content Producer, June 2008 (Distribution U)
  • Featured, Animation Magazine, December 2006 (Canvassing the Big Animated Screen)
  • Featured, Videography Magazine – Special Issue

Past Clients

  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Bose Corporation
  • CGI Interactive, Inc.
  • Epicor
  • FARO
  • Public VR

Courses Taught

  • Animation 1 (NU - Fall 2018)
  • Animation 2 (NU - Fall 2018)
  • Animation for Games (NU - Fall 2018)
  • 3D Modeling I (Mount Ida College)
  • Special Effects (Mount Ida College)
  • Pre-Thesis (Mount Ida College)
  • Textures, Lights, and Rendering (Mount Ida College)
  • Special Topics in Games (Mount Ida College)
  • Storyboarding for Animation (New England Institute of Art)
  • Animation Studio (New England Institute of Art)
  • Animation Seminar & Portfolio (New England Institute of Art)

Research/Publications Highlights

Exploring Digital Cinematography, Cengage Learning, (September 12, 2007)

Professional Affiliations

Association of Computer Machinery (ACM/SIGGRAPH)

Association Internationale du Film d’ Animation (ASIFA East)

Research Interests

  • 3D Animation
  • Digital Cinematography
  • Visualization