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Cheryl Briggs

Motion Capture Specialist

Associate Professor Cheryl Briggs (formerly Cabrera) joins the FIEA Art Faculty in 2019 as Motion Capture Engineer and instructor. She has been a VICON trained expert user since 2005, using IQ, Blade, and Shogun.


Since 2009, Cheryl has been teaching all aspects of animation production in the School of Visual Arts and Design at the University of Central Florida.  Prior to UCF, she taught as Professor of Animation at the Savannah College of Art and Design from 2001 to 2009 where she was Mocap Engineer for the Department since 2005. There, she developed and taught a graduate level animation course focusing on the use of motion capture in film and games. Cheryl is also an Autodesk Certified Professional and an Autodesk Certified Instructor in Maya. Her award-winning students have been featured in animation festivals worldwide, and many have gone on to work within the film, television, and video game industries.

Cheryl is currently on the Board of Directors for the Animation Hall of Fame and is a member of SIGGRAPH, ASIFA-Hollywood, Women in Animation, and the Society for Animation Studies.

Cheryl holds a B.A. in Education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and M.Ed. in Higher Education from Georgia Southern University, and an M.F.A. in Computer Art with a specialization in 3D Animation from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

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Single Authored Books

  • An Essential Introduction to Maya Character Rigging (2008, Focal Press)
  • Reel Success: Creating Demo Reels and Animation Portfolios (2013, Focal Press)
  • Animating Short Stories: Narrative Techniques and Visual Design (2019, Bloomsbury Academic)