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Faculty in the Video Game Design & Animation program are dedicated professionals who are achieved and recognized in their field of expertise.

Rob Elsworthy, Diploma in Art | Course Discipline: Production, Art


Rob Elsworthy has had a successful career in the media industry spanning two decades. He has worked on Game projects like Metal Gear Solid, Max Payne, Grand Theft Auto, The Warriors, and Red Dead Redemption as an Animator, VFX Artist, and Game Designer. He is the Program Director for Video Game Design and Animation at Toronto Film School. He recently founded Resistr Interactive, to make socially aware games and promote diversity in the industry. As a speaker, panelist, and advisory board member, Rob has contributed to workshops and events for Tedx, Interactive Ontario, CODEX, and the Black Youth Design Initiative at his alma mater OCADU, hoping to inspire the next generation of game creators. 

Carl Spidla, Post-Grad Degree Game Design & Creative Writing | Course Discipline: Production, Game Design


Carl Spidla is a Toronto-based game designer and developer specializing in narrative design. He comes to game development from a background in creative writing and music and is interested in experimental games with the potential to challenge the expectations of the medium. Carl is the founder of the game studio Mythical Voltage, which is developing their debut game Gap Year. It has received a concept definition grant from Ontario Creates and was a finalist in the Ubisoft Indie Series, receiving an honorable mention. Until recently Carl worked as a narrative designer at Reflector Entertainment for their upcoming title Unknown 9: Awakening. He continues to work as a narrative designer for games on a freelance basis. Carl has a degree in Creative Writing from Concordia University and a post-graduate degree in game design from George Brown College. He currently teaches Platforms 1 and Platforms 5 at the Toronto Film School. 

Domenico Caronzo, B.SC. | Course Discipline: Programming


Domenico Caronzo is a graduate of the Computer Science program at Ryerson University.  A passion for video game design and development led him to teaching.  With over 5 years of experience in teaching video game design and 6 years of business management, he brings his management, analytical and problem solving skills into the classroom. Domenico’s other professional endeavors include web design, application programming and various research projects.

Ted Kim, B.A., Post Graduate Cert. Art | Course Discipline: Concept Art


Ted started his career in 1998 as a clean-up artist in TV animation.  Since then he has been designing and illustrating for various sectors of entertainment from video games, television, music, toys, and comics. He is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario – Bachelor’s of Administrative and Commercial Studies and The Kubert School, NJ – Cartoon and Graphic Art.  

Featured Publications:  

Video Games:  Cel Damage, Full Auto 1 and 2 

Art Books: World of Warcraft Tribute, Street Fighter Tribute, Exotique 7, 21 Draw 

Comic Books:  Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast, Banana Ninja 

Magazines: Game Developer, Xbox Magazine, Photoshop Creative 

TV: The Odd Squad, Sabrina: The Animated Series 

Darrel Moen, Diploma in Audio | Course Discipline: Audio 


Darrel has been dedicated to the entertainment industry for over 35 years. His career began as a musician in the studio and music scene of 80s Minneapolis. His travels brought him to Toronto where he acquired an appreciation for the art and history of audio and chose to devote his career to Post Production, from sound design to final delivery. Today, Darrel embraces digital technology, while holding onto the purity and honesty of the audio art form. Darrel has been an instructor for over 15 years, and together with Rick Bennett’s team, helped build the Film Production program at Toronto Film School. 

Brad Furminger, Diploma in Human Resources Management | Course Discipline: Production, Game Design 


Brad Furminger entered the video game development industry in September 1998, joining the Silicon Knights Design team following ten years of sales in the gaming field. He was promoted to Lead Designer in May of 1999, and served in that capacity on Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem (GameCube) and Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes (GameCube) and for a portion of the development on Too Human (Xbox 360). Brad left Silicon Knights in October 2008, while working as Senior Technical Designer on an unannounced project. He joined Bedlam Studios in Toronto, Ontario as Senior Level Designer in February 2009 and remained with the studio until it closed in the summer of 2011. During his time at Bedlam, Brad led the Design team on multiple unreleased projects, including Scratch: The Ultimate DJ (Xbox 360, PS3, PC, iOS) and Gamma World: Alpha Mutation (Xbox 360, PS3, PC).

Wojtek Kawczynski, B.Sc., M.Sc., M.B.A. | Course Discipline: Production, Game Business 


Wojtek is currently the founder and CEO of Wark Studios, a consulting company focused on the game industry. Prior to Wark, Wojtek was the CEO of BDA Entertainment where he guided the company’s growth over close to 7 years. Prior to BDA, Wojtek spent 4 years heading up the studio division of TransGaming with responsibilities for strategy, game design, operations, business development and partnerships. The division developed and published six games spanning iOS, Wii, PC, Mac and GameTree TV. Wojtek’s first job in the game industry was running the game division of SilverBirch, where he set strategy, oversaw the operations of the publishing and development groups, identified merger and acquisition opportunities, and led integration efforts within the division. He also directly ran the operations of SilverBirch Studios, the development studio that founded the game division. Before entering the game industry, Wojtek worked at an enterprise software start-up as Director of Product Management and before that spent five years at one of Canada’s top venture capital firms as an investment officer. Wojtek has a BSc from Concordia University, an MSc from McGill University, and an MBA from York University. 

Ahmet Kokulu, B.Sc., Post-Grad Cert. Interactive Media Management | Course Discipline: Programming  


Ahmet is a software engineer who primarily focuses on Game Programming, Game Design and Interactive Media. After working as a full stack developer in Istanbul, Turkey, he moved to Canada in 2017 and has worked on Game and Interactive Media projects alongside teaching.

Ali Kokulu, B.Sc., Post-Grad Cert. Game Design | Course Discipline: Programming


Ali’s background is in Computer Science and Game Design. He is a Game Programming Professor and a Technical Game Designer from Toronto. After working in Istanbul, Turkey as a Full Stack Developer and Technical Consultant, he moved to Canada in 2012 and entered the game industry in Toronto. He helped develop and publish many projects which use video game technology in the industry; from video games to 3D or Virtual Reality applications. 

Victor Pinto, B.A., Post-Graduate Cert. Game Design | Course Discipline: Production, Game Design, Art 


Victor is a Toronto-based interactive media Educator and Designer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University and has been working with games since the creation of the app store. With over 5 years of post-secondary teaching experience, Victor has been helping students navigate their way through various game engines, design systems and production methodologies. As a specialist working with interactive media, Victor’s focus has recently turned to VR development. 

Emanuel Melo, Diploma in Game Development | Course Discipline: Art, Production 


Emanuel Melo is a 3D Artist who has over a decade of experience in 3D graphics and specializes in texturing and technical art. He has worked on various projects providing creative design, conceptualizing and development of 3D environments for both computer graphics (CG) and real-time game engines. Emanuel’s expertise stretches into CG rendering development, real-time game software, UI/UX design, VR, and mechanic and retention design in 3D software.  

Kyle Skidmore, Diploma in Video Game Design & Animation | Course Discipline: 3D Modeling, Level Design


Kyle has been interested in games and their systems all his life. His passion for design started early when he discovered Dungeons and Dragons and custom map makers in early PC games. He is an alumnus of the Toronto Film School where he graduated at the top of his class in the Video Game Design and Animation program. 

An indie dev, Kyle is one-half of the ownership of Cat Splat Studios, where he has published mobile titles, such as Rocket Recover. He brings a background in business and project management and utilizes his design knowledge to oversee development while also contributing to his 3D modeling skill set. Currently, the studio is hard at work on their first PC title, Codename: Shifter on which they work closely with the Toronto Film School, current students, and recent graduates. Kyle teaches Modeling for Games and Level Design with Unreal Engine. 

Connor Osborne, B.A. | Course Discipline: Production


After graduating with a degree in digital music production, Connor has been working at Little Guy Games as an Audio Engineer, Lighting and Shader artist, and most recently as a Producer, running the work for hire branch of the studio. He has worked on projects like Monsters Everywhere, The Awakening, Wings of Icaria, MLB Home Run Derby VR, and is currently Producing an unannounced Super Racer project. 

 

Ryan Bailey
Course Discipline: 3D Character Modeling

Sean Abraham
Course Discipline: Art History, Production

Vince Chui
Course Discipline: Art

Franklin Barrientos 
Course Discipline: Animation

Vitor Fiacadori, B.A., Post-Graduate Cert. Game Design
Course Discipline: Game Design, Art  

Kenn Senoron, Diploma in Game Art, Post-Graduate Cert. Game Art & Animation
Course Discipline: 3D Modeling