Terrence Masson


Visual Effects and Animation Production

“ I try to push students beyond their comfort zone, while telling them it’s ok to fail.  There’s no way to know your limits until you bend past them.  My goal is to re-set the level of expectation against the world’s excellence. I tell my students “think big, have large horizons.”

An animation direction, production and VFX heavyweight, Terrance Masson has over 20 years of eclectic production experience.  He came up through the ranks on about 20 major feature films, including flying the ‘Millennium Falcon’ in the Empire Strikes Back, feeding Boba Fett to the Sarlac in Return of the Jedi, created pixie dust in Hook and general movie magic for True Lies, Interview with a Vampire, Titanic and Fantastic Four. Interactive game projects have included Cyberia2, SimCity4, Batman:  Dark Tomorrow, Alter Echo and Bruce Lee. Now he is the founder and CEO of Building Conversations Inc(http://buildingconversation.com) which focuses on augmented reality solutions on-site and in the office.

He is author of the industry standard “CG101: A Computer Graphics Industry Reference” and consults with major production studios worldwide.  He is a member of the Producers Guild of America, the Visual Effects Society and has been active in SIGGRAPH since 1988.  An ACM Distinguished Lecturer, he served as the 2006 Computer Animation Festival Chair and SIGGRAPH 2010 Conference Chair.  He served as founding Director of Creative Industries at Northeastern University in Boston, where he oversaw all Game Design & Interactive Media curriculum and research activities.



Current Position:

CEO of Building Conversations
DeTao Master of Film and Film Special Effects

Work Experience:

now: CEO of Building Conversations
Director of Creative Industries at Northeastern University, Boston–Game Design & Interactive Media
2005-2006 Technicolor : Visual Effects Supervisor
2004-2005 Meteor Studios : CG Supervisor “Fantastic Four”
2003-2004 Dreamworks SKG : Head of Layout “Flushed Away” (pre-production)
2003 Kleiser Walczak Construction Company : Visual Effects Superviso
2000-2002 Ronin Entertainment : Director of Development & Creative Project Lead ;
1996-2000 Industrial Light + Magic : Senior Technical Director & CG Sequence Supervisor
1996 Sony Pictures High Definition Center : Visual Effects Supervisor
1995 Sony Pictures Imageworks : Animation R&D Consultant
1994 Warner Brothers Imaging Technology : Computer Graphics Supervisor
1993-1994 Digital Domain : Technical Director & Digital Artist
1992-1993 The Trumbull Co. Inc.:Image Engineering Supervisor

BFA Graphic Design / Art History – University of Massachusetts Lowell MFA Computer Animation – William Patterson University, New Jersey.

Honors and Awards:
SIGGRAPH 2010 Conference Chair
SIGGRAPH 2006 Computer Animation Festival Chair
First place winner: “Best 3D/Effects Animation by an Independent”. The World Animation Celebration 98
ACM/SIGGRAPH 1995(Aug/95): Interactive Entertainment Technical Director.

Fantastic Four (2004)
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)
Small Soldiers (1998)
Spawn (1998)
Return of the Jedi (Special Edition) (1997)
The Empire Strikes Back (Special Edition) (1996)
The Lord Protector: The Riddle of the Chosen (1996)
Anaconda (1996)
Cutthroat Island (1996)
Batman Forever (1995)
Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1994)
Judge Dredd (1994)
Woodstock: 25th Anniversary (1994)
Color of Night (1993)
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1993)
True Lies (1993)
Hook (1991)

Alter Echo (2003), THQ
Batman: Dark Tomorrow (2003), Kemco
Midnight Club II (2003), Rockstar Games
Bruce Lee: Quest of the Dragon (2002), Universal Interactive
Sim City 4 (2002), Maxis
Cyberia 2: Resurrection (1994), Virgin Interactive

UFO Hunters, (2008–2009), History Channel

CG101: A Computer Graphics Industry Reference (1997), New Riders Press
CG101: A Computer Graphics Industry Reference, 2nd Edition (2007), Digital Fauxtography