Vincenzo Ya'Akov Micha'el Donatelli

Media Arts & Animation

Media Arts & Animation Instructor
The Art Institute of Houston

AnimationEffects

Don't just think outside the box. Crush the box and build something else. Vincenzo Ya'Akov Micha'el Donatelli , Media Arts & Animation Instructor , The Art Institute of Houston

Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

When I was as young as six, I knew that I’d be making games. YHWH, Optimus Prime, Soundwave, and Spiderman inspired me to create, and I’ve been doing so ever since.

How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?

This industry is still in its infancy. There’s a lot of room for growth because the tech is so new. In teaching everything from Production 101 to Shipping, I stress that it’s not enough just to get a job. I try to help them launch a self-sustaining career where finding a job becomes a byproduct, not the main focus.

What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

Just one thing separates a student from industry professionals: choosing a direction. Some students fail to become professionals because they aren’t sure which career track they want. That’s why discussing the game pipeline is so important. Understanding the pipeline and the career options in the industry can help students choose a specialty.

How does collaboration contribute to students’ success?

Everything in this industry bleeds over into the next department. Even if the student never chooses to go into the adjacent field, they need to be aware that they have the option.

What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?

Don’t just think outside the box. Crush the box and build something else.