Carol Ashley is an industry veteran with over 20 years in feature film visual effects and animation, including Composite Supervisor on “The Matrix” and Lighting Technical Director at DreamWorks Animation on “Shark Tale”, “Madagascar”, “Over the Hedge” and “Flushed Away.” She holds an MFA in Film & Video with an emphasis on cinematography and visual effects and a BFA in Experimental Animation from California Institute of the Arts.
She has contributed to numerous feature films for Sony Imageworks, Cinetropolis FX, Cinesite, Hammerhead, Rhythm & Hues, and Technicolor. Carol began her career at Will Vinson Studios as a Stop-Motion Animator on the California Raisin commercials, including designing And animating the Michael Jackson character for the award winning commercial, “Michael Raisin”. While earning her Master’s she was asked to start up the stop-motion animation program at CalArts and stayed on as visiting faculty for two years after graduating.
Carol has taught at the Art Institute of Atlanta and Hollywood campuses in 3D modeling, lighting and texturing, character design and sculpting for animators. Carol freelances as a children’s book illustrator. “Scarum Fair”, an award winning book of scary poems, is her first published book. Carol was the Department Chair for Media Arts at The Art institute of California - Hollywood before coming to Cal State Fullerton as Assistant Professor.
She serves as the Director of Outreach at Animation Libation Studios, a cloud based company developing original content and bridging the gap between higher education and the animation industry, as well as co-producing the annual World Animation Celebration International Film Festival with Animation Magazine, hosted by Sony Pictures Animation.
Her first children's picture book, Scarum Fair has won several awards.
MFA, Film & Video Production, Art, CalArts
BFA, Experimental Animation, CalArts
Art Center College of Design, Illustration, 3D Animation, Sculpting