Alumni Highlight: Riel Phillips

Riel Phillips

Year Graduated: July 2009

Degree Obtained: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Video Production

Website: http://www.designerlife.la
Blog: http://www.designerlife.la/blog
Portfolio: http://designerlife.la/myportfolio/

As told to Laura Nielsen, Director of Career Services

What are you currently doing?
I am an Interactive Designer at RED Interactive”

Here are just some of the projects I’ve had the opportunity to work on:
Digital Design Manager for NBC's "The Million Second Quiz" / Digital Design Manager for NBC's "Dracula" / Digital Design Manager for NBC's "Sound of Music" / Creative Lead for Digital Advertising, Paramount's "World War Z" / Creative Lead for Digital Advertising, Paramount's "Flight" / Creative Lead for Digital Advertising of Top Rank's "Pacquiao VS Marquez 4"

What other positions have you held in your career and where?
Chief Web Designer At Von Dutch / Motion Designer at Blind / Motion Designer at Hautelook / Motion Designer at Euro RSCG Edge / Digital Design Manager at NBC Universal

Why did you choose to attend Brooks?
After attending Baylor University in Waco TX for 2 years, I was very familiar with the typical college structure. I had a passion for learning everything there was to know about telling stories, and I needed to be in a place where I was not only taught the basics, but was also able to be hands on, and use the newest technologies to help bring those stories to life.

Looking back, can you speak to a particular experience or situation that occurred while you were at Brooks that influenced the direction (path) you took as a professional?
Definitely, the turning point for me was my second year at Brooks. I enrolled in a class to learn After Effects, and that class changed the course of my entire career. I still use After Effects today.

How did the Brooks Faculty help you master the challenges of the craft?
I took my After Effects class with an amazing professor named Jürgen Gottchalk. He taught me everything I needed to know about After Effects, but also encouraged us and gave us great advice on how to navigate the waters of this industry. The professors also taught me quite a bit about individual branding and how important branding is for our industry.

What advice would you give someone considering attending Brooks?
The person that works the hardest can never say ‘I could have done more’. Brooks is a school that provides you with the tools and the knowledge, but you have to want it! The equipment, the faculty, the training, the friendly competition, and the manageable class sizes are what make Brooks a fantastic school to learn this craft.

What awards/accolades have you received?
Working with these clients: Lil Wayne / Payless / Blockbuster / Flo Rida / NBC / National Geographic / Disney / Kevin Hart / Yelawolf / Honda / AOL / AG Jeans / Juicy Couture / D&G / LEGO / PBR (Professional Bull Riding)

Faking the Books Music Video: Vimeo Staff Pick.
Featured on AE Tuts for AE Tuturials.”

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