Office: Ben Shahn 136
Phone: (973) 720-3649
Office Hours: By appointment only: Monday – Tuesday - Thursday – 3:30 – 4:30
Area Specialization: Animation
Steve Rittler is an independent Animator, Illustrator, Designer and Educator, who specializes in 3D character animation, visual storytelling and figurative art. He graduated with honors from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 1990 with a BFA in Illustration and an Animation minor. After launching a career as an illustrator in Philadelphia, Steve moved to New York City in 1991 and a year later enrolled in the MFA Computer Graphics Animation program at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Becoming a member of the Pratt Faculty in 1993, Steve embarked on his career as a 3D character animator in NYC in 1995, moving to Los Angeles for a year in 1996 to work for the Walt Disney Company. Returning to New York in 1997, Steve resumed his faculty position at Pratt Institute and his character animation career in the city. Steve was invited to join the faculty of the SVA MFA Computer Art Department in 1999 to teach character animation, and completing his MFA thesis in 1999, received his MFA in Computer Graphics Animation With Distinction from Pratt Institute in 2000.
Today Steve has his own independent animation studio, MuseMachine Productions, is a freelance animator, designer and illustrator, and a tenured Associate Professor of Animation at the William Paterson University Department of Art, where he joined the faculty in 2001. Films featuring his work as an animator have been screened and won awards nationally and internationally, including the Annecy Animated Film Festival in France, and his own animated film, Nor Gloom of Nyght, has been screened at the International SIGGRAPH Conference, The first Beijing International New Media Arts Exhibition and Imposium and at BUDi 2005 in Seoul. Elected in 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2006, he currently serves on the board of directors of New York City ACM SIGGRAPH, local chapter of the Special-Interest Group for Graphics of the Association of Computing Machines, and has presented courses on animation production at the 2003 and 2004 International SIGGRAPH Conferences in San Diego and LosAngeles, and at the 2008 SIGGRAPH Asia Conference in Singapore. He served as chair of MetroCAF 2006, the New York Metropolitan Area College Computer Animation Festival, and was also the principal designer, illustrator and animator for the event opener, titles and promotional materials. Steve lives in New York City, plays electric bass guitar and sings in a rock band.