Recommendations

Technicolor Interactive Services

“Alina Chau is a very talented and painter and animator. There is a fan enchanted to her work all over the world. She has a wonderful talent that can correspond flexibly regardless of a new technology or an old conventional practice. I was able to call in a lot of fans to its business by working with her.”    June 9, 2010

Marty M. Ito , Preseident and CEO , PaintMonster Co Ltd was with another company when working with Alina at DIDO / PaintMonster ArtStudio

“I worked with Alina for the past 2 years, during which time she served as an animator and lead. She is a delight and a pleasure to work with. She is a true artist and her perspective always is shaped by a strong artistic sense. She is very enthusiastic and bubbly and infects others around her with her good spirit. She always executed high quality animation work on schedule. Along with executing excellent animation work, she had the opportunity to lead projects as well. I recall a particularly challenging pre-rendered project that she had to juggle animating, leading a crew here in Burbank, and a crew at our Indian partner. The time frame was very difficult and the technical challenges were great, yet she never lost her cool and diligently and patiently managed her staff, providing positive feedback and instilling a pleasant cooperative atmosphere, despite the hectic schedule. She managed everything that came her way and brought the project in on time with high quality animation to the great satisfaction of our client. Along with animation, she has a diverse skill set and has at one time of another performed solid compositing work, as well as occasional concept art work, but where she especially contributed outside her traditional duties was as a great storyboard artist. She often put together beautiful storyboards in quick order that really helped us get a good start on many a project. She would provide a great contribution to the art and spirit of any artistic team, as she did with us.”    December 4, 2009

David Yang , Senior Producer , Technicolor Interactive managed Alina indirectly at Technicolor Interactive Services

“Alina shines! Her work is brilliant, her art glows, her personality sparkles!

I suspect she has discovered somewhere some incredible source of artistic energy, judging by the incredible amount of creative work she delivers daily. When she is in charge of a project, she knows how to inspire and communicate with her crew, and she has knowledge and experience to follow the different phases and bring everything to completion. I especially love her storyboards, that she creates rapidly, but without loosing accuracy and originality.

I consider myself extremely lucky I met her, because she is an inspiration and a real pleasure to work and be with.”    November 12, 2009

Paola Lecler , Facial Animation Supervisor , Technicolor Interactive worked directly with Alina at Technicolor Interactive Services

“Alina Chau is one of the most positive people I have ever met! Her attitude and approach to our industry is remarkable. Not only is she an outstanding animator, she always makes time to mentor up and coming digital artists and for that I am forever grateful. She has mentored some of my Gnomon students and they have grown and improved under her tutelage.”    August 20, 2008

Suze Datz, Instructor, Gnomon School of Visual Effects
was with another company when working with Alina at Technicolor Interactive Services

“Alina is a great animator and artist. Alina has great eye for colour mood, and the environment surrounding her, she is a very helpful artist, no matter how busy she will make time to help you and give you some useful suggestions, Alina is a fun person to be around, she has a great attitude, and is a talented individual, I am very glad that I know Alina, she is the right person to have in your environment.”    November 23, 2008

Leon W. Gittens, Animator, Image-Metrics Inc was with another company when working with Alina at Technicolor Interactive Services

“What can i say about Alina other then she’s very serious when it comes to work, but extremely energetic when she’s having fun. a great talent, and very versatile in that she can tackle 2d and 3d with great professionalism.”    November 21, 2008

Peter Han, Concept Artist , Technicolor interactive services worked directly with Alina at Technicolor Interactive Services

“Alina was efficient and easy to work with. She is very detail oriented and knows exactly what is required to finish an animated shot. Working with her helped me to improve my skills as an animator.”    September 25, 2008

Mark Tan, 3D Animator, Technicolor Interactive Services reported to Alina at Technicolor Interactive Services

“Alina is an extremely talented Artist and Animator. She’s also a great value to any team and consistently goes above and beyond. She’s also a pleasure to work with. Always optimistic and available to jump in where needed to help out.”    September 8, 2008

Jacqueline Corley, Lead Cinematics Animator, Sony Computer Entertainment Santa Monica managed Alina indirectly at Technicolor Interactive Services

“Alina is a fantastic artist, really detail oriented and creative.”    September 4, 2008

Shane Corn, Core member, The Drawing Board was with another company when working with Alina at Technicolor Interactive Services

“Alina is a cut above the rest, a very talented animator and a strong artist over all. She is very easy to work with, has a positive upbeat attitude and is always willing to help. I highly recommend her and it would be a loss to any company not to employ someone as gifted as she.”    August 28, 2008

Robert Burton, Lead Environmental Artist, Technicolor (Interactive Services) managed Alina indirectly at Technicolor Interactive Services

“In the time that I worked with Alina, I found her to be one of the most talented artist/animator I had ever worked with. She is hard working and extremely professional in her every day responsibilities. Every task she was given came back better than I thought possible even though we were often working under tight deadline constraints. With Alina, I never had to worry that a job would not get done right. I think that what sets her apart is that she is always looking for ways to improve her skills. She was a great asset to our team and I hope to work with her in the future. Long Phan Sr. Technical Artist E.A. in Los Angeles”    August 27, 2008

Long Phan, Lead Character TD, Technicolor worked directly with Alina at Technicolor Interactive Services

“When I saw Alina’s student film, a beautiful hand animated tale, I was amazed. Likewise, I am constantly impressed by her continued enthusiasm and drive to build on her craft. She has a great eye and a wonderful personality as well.”    August 27, 2008

Paul Davies, Animator, Sony Pictures Imageworks worked with Alina at Technicolor Interactive Services

“Alina is an exceptional artist. I have been a huge fan of Alina’s work for some time now. She has excellent design and illustrative skills, and has an wonderful style as well. I would highly recommend Alina for any project!”    August 26, 2008

Martin Wittig, Character Designer, World Leaders Entertainment worked with Alina at Technicolor Interactive Services

“I first met Alina when she was a student at UCLA and I did a presentation for Women in Animation. She is dedicated to her art and animation and has a terrific attitude and passion.”    August 26, 2008

Pamela Thompson, Columnist-the Career Coach, AWN, Inc. was with another company when working with Alina at Technicolor Interactive Services

“Alina is a person who can both create independently and work as a team. The quality of her artwork and her work ethic inspire me in my career as a fellow commercial artist. I believe she will be a valuable asset to any creative project.”    August 25, 2008

Shiho Nakaza, Freelance Illustrator, Shiho Nakaza Illustration was with another company when working with Alina at Technicolor Interactive Services

“Alina is a brilliant artist and animator. Her personal work has an abundance of style and whimsy. She brings a great deal of both to her professional work as well, along with a great work ethic and the ability to work well with others. She is an excellent project lead, and she gives simple and effective animation notes. I whole heartedly recommend Alina.”    August 24, 2008

Mark Levine, Character animator, Technicolor Interactive Services worked directly with Alina at Technicolor Interactive Services

“Alina is a unique and energetic artist and animator that is constantly in pursuit of improving her already impressive skills. Her talent, approach and execution is inspiring both to her colleagues and directors. Regardless of how difficult a project or task is, she brings an innovative and creative approach that is an asset to any production. She’s also just a plain old fun person to collaborate with!”    August 20, 2008

Nick Kononelos, Art Director, Technicolor Interactive Services managed Alina at Electronic Arts Los Angeles

“Alina is a great artist and a great animator. She will be a valuable asset to any project.”    August 20, 2008

Chuck Sheetz, Director, Film Roman was a consultant or contractor to Alina at Technicolor Interactive Services

“Alina is a gifted artist and a sweet person. She always brings a unique vision to any project she works on. She is a great addition to any team.”    August 20, 2008

Brad Starleaf, Production Coordinator, Technicolor Interactive Services worked directly with Alina at Technicolor Interactive Services

“Alina Chau brings whimsy and spontaneity to everything she touches. Her dedication and professionalism shines thru each piece of work whether it be animation, illustration or a simple sketch. She handles expression, gesture, and timing beautifully when animating, and her storytelling thru camera angles, visual bridges and a persistent vision is always enhanced with a cinematographer’s flair. Also, she is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met who is always willing to lend a hand or offer a word of encouragement. Basically, I couldn’t recommend Alina enough.”    August 20, 2008

Katie Mcdee, Student, California State University-Long Beach was with another company when working with Alina at Technicolor Interactive Services

“Alina possesses an unparelleled level of energy, enthusiasm and dedication to her craft. I’ve had the good fortune of working with Alina at two separate companies and can say that I’d work with her again anytime. She’s a talented animator and creative who would be an asset to any organization”    August 20, 2008

Joe McGuffin, Executive Producer, Technicolor (Interactive Services) managed Alina at Technicolor Interactive Services

“Alina is one the most talented artist I know. She is a great 3d animator and an exceptional illustrator. At Technicolor, Alina filled many roles. She storyboarded, did previz, animated, and sometimes even did some compositing. She has a great attitude and is fun to work with. Alina makes an excellent addition to any team”    August 20, 2008

Derek Raymond, Character Animator, Technicolor Interactive worked directly with Alina at Technicolor Interactive Services

“Alina is one of the most enthusiastic and dedicated professionals I have had the honor to work with. She has consistently stepped up to the challenges set before her and has gone above & beyond in executing excellent work under the toughest of situations. A true professional.”    August 20, 2008

Elton Gamez, Art Director, Technicolor managed Alina at Technicolor Interactive Services

“Alina is a very hard working and reliable animator. She takes direction well and consistently delivers top quality work on every level. She also works very well with others.”    August 21, 2008

Don Waller, Animator, Technicolor Interactive Services worked directly with Alina at Technicolor Interactive Services

“Alina is a easy to work with person who gets her work done efficiently and on time. She also has shown leadership in her ability to manage people and direct people. She has a knack working with creative people and managing them well, because she herself is a creative person. Besides being a good leader., she consistently puts out concept work that shows a strong sense of color and design. Seeing both her personal and professional work, leads me to believe that she equally takes pride in doing the best work for both. She really puts a lot into her work and it shows in her concept work and her animation. Based on her commitment to doing good work whether its concept art or animation, I would highly recommend working with Alina.”    August 21, 2008

Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Creative

Santosh Oommen hired Alina as a Graphic/Web Designer in 2006

“Alina was fantastic to work with. She had a contagious enthusiasm and a talent for animation that is uncanny. Would love to work with her in future projects.”    August 21, 2008

Arthur Sarkisian, Lead Lighter, Technicolor Interactive Services worked directly with Alina at Electronic Arts Los Angeles


Woodbury University

“I can fully endorse Alina as a teacher and animator since I taught with her at Woodbury University. Her artistic knowledge and practical experience with the Maya 3D software make her a great asset in preparing students for digital production situations. Sincerely, Ken Roskos”    August 20, 2008

Ken Roskos, Maya Instructor, (teaching adjunct), Woodbury University reported to Alina at Woodbury University

“Alina is a dedicated and talented teacher and maintains an excellent rapport with the students. Her substantial work experience is invaluable in the classroom. She models a robust personal art practice as well, encouraging students to join her in sketching events and maintaining a blog to share her work. As someone who understands both traditional and digital animation techniques, Alina is able to teach broad skills, and conceptual thinking, as well as solid use of the tool. This is critical at a college level where students begin to develop a personal voice as an artist. Because Alina is willing to share her own personal voice, she inspires students to do the same.”    August 20, 2008

Dori Littell-Herrick, Chair, Animation, Woodbury University managed Alina at Woodbury University


Electronic Arts Los Angeles

“When I was the Director of Human Resources at Electronic Arts, Alina was one of several animators on staff. When Alina was hired at EA, she immediately demonstrated her fine artistic capabilities in the work she produced. Alina posseses a strong work ethic and a very pleasant attitude. The staff enjoyed working with Alina and valued her contribution.”    August 24, 2008

Carol Brickner, Director, Human Resources, Electronic Arts managed Alina indirectly at Electronic Arts

“Alina was a great part of our team, always coming up with creative solutions to problems and bringing a lot of talent with her.”    August 20, 2008

Jim Richardson, CG Animator, Electronic Arts LA worked directly with Alina at Electronic Arts Los Angeles

“Alina is a very talented and driven animator with lots of energy and enthusiasm for the project she is in. Alina has a very multi-dimensional personality as a published author and traveller; which shows up in the maturity of her demeanor and professionalism. Its an honor to recommend Alina.”    August 20, 2008

Sunil Thankamushy, Animation Lead, Electronic Arts managed Alina at Electronic Arts Los Angeles

“Alina is a very talented artist and a great animator to work with. She is quick, thorough, attentive to detail, diligent, prompt, hits her deadlines, and will take on anything you throw at her. She is great to have on an animation team. Also, she brings a good sense of humor with her, which is invaluable during the occasional crunch time.”    August 20, 2008

David Kury, Lead Animator/Animator, EALA managed Alina at Electronic Arts Los Angeles

“Alina is a skilled and gifted animator. Her enthusiasm and energy was a boon to our team.”    August 20, 2008

Chris Luckenbach, Animator, Electronic Arts worked directly with Alina at Technicolor Interactive Services

“Alina is an extremely talented animator who is always pushing herself to be a better artist. She can adapt to almost any style in both 2D and 3D animation, and her enthusiasm and dedication shows with each project she tackles. She is always willing to learn new techniques and software, and above all, has a positive attitude when doing so. Working with Alina has been an inspiration and she would be a great asset to any team.”    August 20, 2008

Neil Ishimine, Animator, Electronic Arts Los Angeles worked directly with Alina at Electronic Arts Los Angeles

“Alina is a very hard-working, talented animator who does fast, high quality work. She is highly regarded by anyone who works with her and is very easy to get along with. She also takes instruction and feedback very well and she implements them very quickly. One of her main strengths is that she’s a classically trained animator who has a solid background with hand-drawn, 2D animation. Not many animators in the planet would do an animated student film involving 2 armies clashing. She has solid footing of the fundamentals yet she will not hesitate to learn new things that will make her a better animator. I would work with her again in a heartbeat.”    August 21, 2008

Ken Angliongto, Animator, Electronic Arts worked directly with Alina at Electronic Arts Los Angeles

“I worked with Alina on and off for almost three years and she has never failed to impress me with her energy and devotion to the art of animation and its execution. Always spirited, happy and ready to get her hands dirty, Alina is not only a strong and experienced animator, she is also a bright mind who is not afraid to think outside her skill set. A natural story teller and wonderful illustrator, I look forward to working with her again in the future, and heartily recommend her to any organization in need of a solid animation professional.”    August 21, 2008

Zach Schl├Ąppi, Lighting Lead, Electronic Arts Los Angeles worked directly with Alina at Electronic Arts Los Angeles


Marina Motion

“Alina was a paid intern at Marina Motion while earning her MFA at UCLA Animation Workshop. She helped production manage freelance traditional animaiton on Sony’s Eight Crazy NIghts, and render management on the Jimmy Neutron feature. She also used her graphic art skills to help with the setu-up of the Marina Motion web site. She was great to work with and an excellent intern.”    August 20, 2008

Dori Littell-Herrick, Production Consultant, Marina Motion managed Alina at Marina Motion


University of California Los Angeles

“I am always amazed and inspired by how prolific Alina is with creating new and original material. I’ve known Alina since 2001 as a fellow student at UCLA and now as a professional colleague in our animation social circles. Alina’s sketchbooks are bursting with visual ideas, washes of pigment and blue pencil. She is a master at gesture drawing for the human figure and animals. She works quickly to communicate emotion, action, and a sense of entertainment. Whether it be in illustration, storyboard, visual development, or animation, she is an asset to any team 3D or 2D traditional.”    January 14, 2010

Michelle Tessier, Student, University of California, Los Angeles studied with Alina at University of California, Los Angeles

“Alina was already a graduate student at UCLA before I started and I was amazed by her work ethic and talent. I was alway looking over her shoulder and getting inspired by her wonderful playfulness in her character designs as well as her ambitous animations. As for her professional ablities she is a pleasure to be around and work with. As a fellow artist she always would be more than pleased to help out other artists. I would highly recommend Alina as an artist to join your team.”    December 7, 2009

Michel Hannan, Student, University of California, Los Angeles studied with Alina at University of California, Los Angeles

“Both Alina’s personal and professional work are outstanding while demonstrating her immense versatility. She animates convincingly with adept timing; but also produces design work exhibiting dynamic compositions, savvy color sense, and a layered sense of sophistication. From her clear communicative storyboards to imaginative, whimsical sketches; she is immensely capable. For many years now, her professional work has continued the excellence evident in her award winning and internationally recognized graduate school work. Alina has always completed work efficiently, on deadlines, no matter how complex the task it seems. Vivacious and amiable, Alina works well with all personality types without any sense of pretense. She is fully devoted to her craft/art-form, constantly developing her skills through independent art work and teaching. Most importantly, Alina is a sincere, genuine, fun-loving yet grounded human being.”    August 29, 2008

Erika Schwarz, Student, University of California, Los Angeles studied with Alina at University of California, Los Angeles

“Alina is an exceptionally talented artist and a consummate professional. Her work continues to be an inspiration to me. I don’t hesitate for a second to recommend her.”    August 29, 2008

Chris Fria, Student, University of California, Los Angeles studied with Alina at University of California, Los Angeles

“Alina is a great person to work with, she is easy going and a hard worker with an amazing animation ability. Alina has a great sense of timing and is one of the best animators I know. I highly recommend her for any position in the animation field.”    August 21, 2008

Heather R. Wilbur, Student, University of California, Los Angeles worked with Alina at Technicolor Interactive Services

“Alina is a multitalented and versatile individual who has the rare combination of exceptional talent as a storyboard artist, animator (both computer generated and traditional), writer, director, visual development artist and designer all rolled into one. I first met Alina as a fellow student in graduate school for animation at U.C.L.A. where her professionalism, creative drive, and great talent helped her to create films which stood apart from her peers for their exceptional beauty and craftsmanship. Since that time, she has continued to push her artwork to new levels and her skill as a painter and designer combined with her seemingly limitless imagination have helped her to create windows into worlds that welcome-in the viewer and make one want to stay to find out what happens next. For anyone hoping to work with a truly creative individual I would recommend Alina as someone who brings to the table not just great skill but also a rich and vibrant sense of originality.”    August 28, 2008

William Tessier, Student, University of California, Los Angeles worked with Alina at Technicolor Interactive Services

“Alina has an impeccable eye and an indomitable spirit. She is an inspiration to everyone around her. Alina would be at the top of my list if I were hiring a dream team of artists.”    August 25, 2008

Ashley Hoffman, Student, University of California, Los Angeles studied with Alina at University of California, Los Angeles

“Alina is a great artist and filmmaker. She has worked in the animation industry and also has a strong track record as an independent artist. She will be a valuable asset to any program.”    November 24, 2009

Chuck Sheetz, Professor, University of California, Los Angeles taught Alina at University of California, Los Angeles