About our Panelists: Session 3

Session 3: Media and Digital Design Connections in Math and Science Classrooms Wednesday, June 30, 2010 10 11:15 am Pacific time  Register/ Learn more...


Patrick Jensen, Matte Painter and Visual Development Artist, PDI DreamWorks Animation

Patrick is an award-winning matte painter and visual development artist for PDI DreamWorks Animation. His work can be seen in such films as Shrek Forever After, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, and the soon-to-be-released Megamind. While pursuing a major in Computer Animation from Ringling College of Art and Design, Patrick interned at Pixar Animation Studios in 2004 as a lighter on Ratatouille. Applying skills that he honed there to his personal paintings has led to his concept art being featured in several publications including Exposé, d’artiste Matte Painting, and Advanced Photoshop Magazine. In addition to his work at PDI DreamWorks Animations, Patrick also enjoys teaching Photoshop® classes. He has given demos at Electronic Arts in Redwood Shores, The School of Visual Arts in New York, and Texas A&M University. On the side, Patrick loves composing music, learning the art of archery, and shooting photography for his personal reference library.

Dana Parsons, Independent Sound Engineer

Dana began work in the professional audio industry in 1997. He had just graduated from high school and was working as a stagehand on the local music scene. Dana started mixing local acts and doing monitors for national acts that toured in the area. In 2003, after working for a local sound company for three years, he became an independent sound engineer. Using knowledge he had gained over the previous six years in live audio, he branched out into recording and broadcasting engineering as well. In his now more than 13 years in the audio field, Dana has worked around the world, most recently in Russia with Itzhak Perlman and in Connecticut with Bill Clinton at Yale University’s commencement.
Outside of the audio world, Dana holds a bachelor’s degree in physics and is currently pursuing a master's degree in the same field. While his research does not involve audio, he applies his audio knowledge in his teaching and coursework. He is currently teaching a summer course in physics for non-majors at Northern Arizona University.