Terrence Masson (Dir., Creative Industries,
Northeastern Univ., Boston, MA)
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Terrence Masson (born c. 1966) is Chair of the MFA Computer Arts Department at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He is also founder and CEO of Building Conversation, an augmented reality company located in Boston, MA. He was both the ACM SIGGRAPH 2006 Computer Animation Festival Chair and 2010 Conference Chair. He also wrote the widely acclaimed book “CG 101: A Computer Graphics Industry Reference”.
Masson graduated from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 1989 with a BFA in Graphic Design and a minor in Art History, followed by William Paterson University in 1990 with an MFA in Computer Animation. He is currently the Founder and CEO of Building Conversation , an augmented reality company serving the AEC and real estate industries.
He came up through the ranks with credits in approximately 20 feature films, including three Star Wars movies, Hook, True Lies and Interview with the Vampire. Masson began his own consulting company, “Digital Fauxtography”, in 1994 and still serves as a Creative Producer, Director and VFX Supervisor. He also single-handedly developed the original animation technique for South Park in 1996.
Masson’s interactive projects have included Siberia 2, Sim City 4, Batman: Dark Tomorrow, and Alter Echo and the Xbox launch title Bruce Lee: Quest of the Dragon. As an award-winning Director and Producer his short animated film Bunkie & Booboo won first place in the World Animation Celebration in 1998. As Creative Producer he currently consults with major production studios world-wide on creative development and pipeline efficiency. Masson has also served as an on-camera image analysis expert for the History Channel’s Ancient Aliens and UFO Hunters.
As Founding Director of Creative Industries at Northeastern University in Boston (2008-2013), Masson oversaw seven combined majors in Game Design and Interactive Media as well as the Creative Industries minors. He is a longtime member of the Producers Guild of America, the Visual Effects Society and has been active in SIGGRAPH since 1988, currently as Outstanding Service Award Chair, and previously as the 2006 Computer Animation Festival Chair and SIGGRAPH 2010 Conference Chair.
Masson is a Master of Animation and Film Special Effects with The Beijing DeTao Masters Academy (DTMA), a high-level, multi-disciplined, application-oriented higher education institution in Shanghai, China.