by Project X at Cogswell College

I worked as the Lighting Lead on the school production 'Chiaroscuro', a short about loss. The main character, Tana, suffers the loss of her husband and decides to repaint her brightly colored house to reflect how she feels. However, the painter she hires has his own agenda.

I was also in charge of improving camera angles and movements, shader application, and rendering. While I did not create the final shaders used, I did help with their development, and added the lighting to every scene with the exception of the library and the end scene. We used Arnold aistandardsurface shaders and Arnold lights exclusively within the short. 

King's Treasure May 2019

'King's Treasure'

Scene given as an assignment at Cogswell College

In the Lighting and Layout classes at Cogswell, we were given multiple scenes which we had to texture, light, and render. One of those scenes was "King's Treasure" as seen here. This is my updated version after months of tweaking shaders and creating a video transition of the layers like this.

Additional frames and close-up renders before the edited final can be seen above!

Programs used: Maya (2018), Fusion 9, HitFilm Express.







Andi Stolzman, simply put, is a creator. She recently graduated from Cogswell Polytechnical College with a Bachelors of Arts in Digital Arts and Animation, concentrating on Technical Art. She has worked both individually and with a team on projects, including producing a short for Cogswell's Project X which she was the Lead regarding lighting, camera, and rendering. She also dabbles on the 3D effects side with particle effects, fluid dynamics, and nCloth. Additionally, Andi began practicing photography in 2010 with a Canon Powershot, but her first mentored classes were in darkroom (traditional) photography. She also creates vector images in Adobe Illustrator for her vinyl decal business, Push To Start Design, and accepts contract work for small businesses in need of designed flyers or certificates. She is hoping to expand into printing stickers and learning CAD for a recently acquired 3D printer.

photo by alex oh   

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  • Instagram - intern

November - December 2019

Assisted with production & development of custom car accessories, including using a laser cutter, Adobe illustrator, an industrial sticker printer, and wire cutters and strippers for custom wiring harnesses. Also packed and shipped orders.

Push To Start Design - owner

October 2017 - present

Custom designs and vinyl decals/button pins

OnGrid - designer/flyer creator

July 2018 - March 2019

Created the flyers for events hosted by OnGrid as well as certificate papers for competitions hosted by the organization. And as needed.

SideFX Houdini Booth at Game Development Conference - volunteer

March 2018

volunteered at the SideFX booth at Game Development Conference 2018 in San Francisco

Project X - Lighting/Texturing Lead

May 2017 - January 2018

in charge of the texture/shader and lighting team, worked with Autodesk Maya 2017 and Arnold shaders to develop a short film as well as NukeX to composite and Smedge to batch render the final product. also contributed to small bits of animation and modeling within the short, and composed most of the camera angles. focused mainly on shaders and character lighting.

Clockwork Alchemy Convention - Logistics

May 2015, May 2016, May 2017, March 2018, March 2019

Part of the set-up and take-down team for the convention. simply a grunt. also helped redesign the CA clock face for 2018+ and build props.




  • Autodesk Maya 2013+ 

    • Arnold for Maya 2017+ lighting, texturing, creating shaders, and rendering

    • Maya VRay 2016+ lighting, texturing, creating shaders, and rendering

  • ZBrush 2018+

  • Houdini 2017+

  • NukeX 2016+

  • Fusion 9 2019+

  • Smedge 2017+

  • HitFilm Express 2019+

  • Adobe Photoshop CC 2015+

  • Adobe Photoshop CS5 2016+

  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 5-13

  • Adobe Illustrator CS6 2019+

  • Basic Python and C++ (OOP) knowledge

  • 2 years darkroom photography

  • Digital photography 2010+



  • Photography Honorable Mention ribbon (2013)

  • Photography Judges Choice ribbon (2013)


COGSWELL POLYTECHNICAL COLLEGE, San Jose - B.A. Digital Arts and Animation, Technical Art concentration

September 2014 - May 2018

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