Eric Carlsen is an animator, graphic designer, and Director of Animation at Northern Light Productions, a distinguished non-fiction film company in Boston, MA. His work with Northern Light appears in a wide variety of museums, including the Mob Museum in Las Vegas, the War in the Pacific National Historical Park in Guam, a traveling exhibit on the Cuban Missile Crisis for the National Archives, and the US Mint in Philadelphia. He regularly produces motion graphics, 3D animations and design for a variety of projects, and directs teams of animators on larger scale productions.
In his spare time, Eric runs cgchatter.com and The CG Chatter Podcast, which covers the art, business, and lifestyle of creating computer graphics. He takes on a variety of freelance projects, such as photo animations for “Give Me the Banjo,” a feature-length PBS documentary narrated by Steve Martin that aired nationwide. He also teaches introductory 3D modeling and printing classes.
Background and Education
Eric is trained and experienced in a diverse range of media that all help to round out his creative work, including motion graphics, 3D animation and artwork, graphic design, writing, music, editing, photo manipulation, and sound design. Independent of any particular medium or technique, Eric’s greatest passion is storytelling. He has experience participating in all sides of the creative process, including concept development, script- and proposal-writing, client relations, and directing teams in various settings. Independent of any particular medium or technique, Eric’s greatest passion is storytelling, and staying well-versed in a number of creative disciplines has allowed him to let an idea dictate what tools he uses to realize it as opposed to the other way around.
Eric holds a BA in New Media and Minor in English from the University of Maine, and a Certificate in 3D Animation from the Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts. He was the recipient of the Brandon Hom Award at CDIA and the Outstanding Achievement Award in Arts and Communication Media at the University of Maine.
Outside of work, Eric enjoys rowing, making music, going to movies and shows, attending industry events, playing games, and eating copious amounts of cereal.