Mark Christiansen—Author of After Effects CS4 Visual Effects and Compositing Studio Techniques (Adobe Press), Mark has created visual effects and animations for feature films, network television, computer games, and an array of high-technology companies. Recent clients include The Orphanage (Dimension Films), Telling Pictures (The History Channel), and the Couturié Company (HBO), as well as Seagate, Sun, Intel, and Medtronic. Feature credits include The Day After Tomorrow and films by Robert Rodriguez.

Takeshi Hiraoka—Plucked out of paradise, Hiraoka moved to chilly San Francisco from Honolulu, Hawaii, one cold winter day in 2002. In San Francisco, he attended the Academy of Art University, graduating in May 2004. This is where Hiraoka ...

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