Skyler is an Animation Director with an affinity for education and VR.
Skyler recently graduated from Ringling College of Art & Design in 2020 with a BFA in Computer Animation. His thesis film, Mime Your Manners, won a Student Academy Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Currently living in Los Angeles, Skyler is developing a specialized story and character animation portfolio. He is currently seeking an entry-level position at major animation studios in southern California.
Skyler's work revolves around education. Mime Your Manners featured the Golden Rule, and his upcoming short, Mary, argues that anyone can learn. Skyler's primary goal is to develop new modes of education for Virtual Reality, to "progress education out of the industrial age." He plans to do this by directing animated films first until he masters the craft of captivation, a principle well known by the animation majors. After mastering captivation, he plans to produce educational programs for VR, relying heavily on story and character development. He hopes this will "glue people of all ages to education, just as people spend thousands of hours on gaming." He claims that "having this form of education alongside analytics will allow for more effective, repeatable, and accessible education for all." He aims to solve the gimmick of gamified education from the point of view of an animation director rather than from the foundation of an educator or a game developer.