Joseph L. Rivers II
510.915.1374,, 468 McAuley St. Oakland, California 94609
To search for the most effective idea, whether its mine or not.
  • Inveterate learner
  • Dedicated teacher
  • First-rate interpersonal communication
  • Excellent traditional & digital art background
  • High aptitude for new methods & techniques
  • Deep understanding of production practices
  • Project management
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Self-motivated
Technical Training Assistant-Media Technician
PIXAR Emeryville, CA 2007-2008
Trained wide audience of technical & non-technical new hires & interns.
Proved independent innovative ability. Improvised to optimize resources & time.
Interacted interdepartmentally toward the creation of new standards & methods.
Creative Director
Jo Rivers Creative Studio Oakland, CA 1993-Present
Quickly dissect & interpret difficult concepts for broad & varied customer base.
Incorporated new processes & techniques with old-fashioned practices to yield fresh, cohesive results.
Conducted ideation & execution of wide range of client needs in time sensitive conditions.
Designer- Office Assistant
Bodywork Central Oakland, CA 2003-2005
Prepared targeted collateral, educating customers on changes in technology, trends & techniques.
Lead systematization & expansion of company database, easing communication with customers.
Planned & executed revamp of company's visual identity & sales strategy.
Visiting Lecturer
Rhode Island School of Design Providence, RI 1998-2000
Trained students to navigate diverse visual solutions to thorny editorial themes.
Advocated for exploration of personal visual vocabulary beyond core color & compositional theories.
Facilitated group critiques, created curriculum lecture material & final project delivery schedule.
Counselor-Mentor, Corcoran Arts Mentorship Program (CAMP)
Corcoran College of Art & Design Washington, DC 1995-1997
Collaborated with managers to develop curriculum & content.
Lead counseling sessions, in college preparation, career planning & offered academic support.
Receive and implement feedback from 360ºdegree evaluation.
Bachelor of Applied Science, Animation & Visual Effects, Ex'pression College For Digital Arts, Emeryville, CA
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Illustration, Rhode Island School Of Design (RISD) Providence, RI
Associates Degree, Advertising Design & Production / Mohawk Valley Community College Utica, NY
Yoga Alliance Certification-Registered Yoga Teacher/ Flying Yoga Oakland, CA
Hardware Platforms Software/ Advanced User Software/ Proficient User Software/Basic Instruments
PC Windows XP
Linux Red Hat
Adobe CS5| AutoDesk Maya| modo| Final Cut Studio Tools (Final Cut, Motion, Qadmin, Qmaster, Compressor, Color) MatchMover Pro 4.0| Cinema 4D| Zbrush| DreamWeaver| MotionBuilder| InDesign| Pro Tools| Garage Band| MEL| Python| UNIX Word| Excel| FileMaker Pro| PowerPoint| Pages| SketchUp| QuickTime| Wacom Tablet| XDCam| MiniDV
Apprentice Carpenter, Acme Builders, Oakland CA Live Audio Engineer, Ferris Wheels, Oakland, CA Media Technician Intern, Pixar Animation Studio, Emeryville CA
Performed general carpentry, cable, electrical & network installation, plumbing, renovation & demolition. Organized stage, amplifiers, microphones, & loudspeakers & operated sound setup, PA, soundboard. Unified & systematized file format, compression settings, render process & naming convention.
Team Leader, "The Day My Soul Became a Star", Emeryville CA Lunch Committee Chairman,
Northern California Graphic Artist Guild, San Francisco CA
Communication Committee Editor, Northern California Graphic Artist Guild, San Francisco CA
Coordinated & contributed visual development & production to independent short film. Planned, coordinate & supervised monthly member luncheon events. Manage & administer print & web communications to 100+ members.
Samuel Daffner Director of Technical Training
Elyse Klaidman Dean of Pixar University
Adrienne Ranft Registrar for Pixar University

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