Bridget Smith

2D Animation Senior

Bridget is an Honors student with a focus in 2D Animation and an “unofficial” second concentration in 3D Animation. Through the flexibility of the Digital Media & Design program, she has been able to explore each of these areas in depth, which has not only helped her to develop a wide skill set but also given her more confidence in her artistic endeavors whether in class or at work.

Some of the courses that she highlighted as being most influential in her development as an artist include Modeling, Lighting and Rendering II (MLR II), Narrative Storytelling, and Visual Development. MLR II is an advanced course topic in 3D animation in which students are taught techniques in 3D modeling, texturing procedurally and through painted UV maps, lighting, rendering and shot composition. Since it touches on so many aspects of the 3D pipeline, she explains that this class helped her to become more confident in and gain a better understanding of how all of the design elements come together to form a cohesive rendering.

Narrative Storytelling and Visual Development allowed her to work on the pre-production side of animation that focus heavily on storytelling whether that is through creating the story with words or artistic explorations. Specifically, Narrative Storytelling allowed her to spend time developing her storytelling skills that ultimately helped her to develop a polished, captivating story for her Senior Project and Honors Thesis. Visual Development, her favorite class she has taken thus far, has helped her improve on and explore various storyboarding techniques as well as refine her drawing skills through figure drawing.

On campus, Bridget also works for the Honors program as the Student Graphics and Communications Specialist. Here she is able to use her design skills to create visuals for flyers and other communications for the department. Some of the projects she has worked on here include designing the Honors program’s 50th anniversary logo and working as part of a team to direct, script, shoot and edit an informational orientation video for incoming freshmen.

Bridget is also one of the handlers for Jonathan XIV, our beloved official animal mascot and his brother, Jonathan XIII! This responsibility is one of the many service projects for the co-ed service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega that she is involved in. She previously served as the Service Vice President for their chapter where she was in charge of planning and coordinating all of the service events for their 60+ members. Bridget has also been a part of some of UConn’s traditions such as participating in HuskyTHON, an 18 hour dance marathon to raise money for Connecticut Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, and helping to plan Oozeball, a muddy volleyball competition, as a member of the Student Alumni Association.

To learn more about Bridget or to check out her work, visit her social media links below:
Instagram: @bsmizzzle
Twitter: @bsmizzzle (mainly just for retweeting memes)
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