FULL SAIL UNIVERSITY
Mac Jo Smith is a student from Pennsylvania who moved to Florida to pursue Digital Art & Design at Full Sail University. They enjoy discovering new techniques and tools for industry use and sharing their skills with others, working on group projects in and outside of college activities. Previously, they were a student art director at the Lancaster County Career & Technology Center for Commercial Art & Design leading many student projects. They are currently an active member of Full Sail’s SPARK program, a studentoperated production crew that produces work for local non-profits, small businesses, and the city of Orlando. In their free time, Mac enjoys practicing character animation in After Effects and Cinema 4D, as well as developing new techniques for title and logo reveal animations. When they aren’t working on motion design projects, they enjoy exploring Florida with their friends, as well as keeping up with their garden and playing video games.
IF THERE WERE NO BARRIERS AND CONSTRAINTS, WHAT PROJECT WOULD YOU WANT TO WORK ON?
I would have loved to work on the Spiderman: Across The Spiderverse (Part One) opening and ending sequences and title animation. I would also love to do animation work for PBS’s Crash Course.
WHAT ARE YOU READING/LISTENING TO/WATCHING?
I’ve recently been enamored by the style and animation of Eyedesyn and Kurzgesagt, two channels on YouTube that are a big inspiration for me. I’ve also gotten into the habit of watching opening title animations, my favorites now being from Hawkeye, Good Omens, Spiderman: Into The Spiderverse, and Artiswitch.
WHO IS SOMEONE YOU LOOK UP TO IN YOUR FIELD?
All of my instructors at Full Sail University have had a massive influence on my education, and by extension, my life, and I will always be thankful. And Mr. Baird, my LCCTC Instructor, who pushed me to pursue further education in Graphic Design and set me on my path.