Faculty & Staff

 Faculty and Staff Directory

 

Edward Bakshi

Eddie Bakshi specializes in teaching 2D animation production at CMI with a focus on scene assembly, compositing and effects. He began his film career working for 20th Century Fox on “Unfaithful”, starring Richard Gere and Diane Lane. He then moved into animation, working for Nickelodeon as a scanner and digital ink and painter on the “Wild Thornberrys Movie ” and “Rugrats Go Wild” features. He was an Assistant Technical Director on “The Spongebob Squarepants Movie”, and worked as Head Technical Director on Ralph Bakshi’s most recent animated pilot, “Last Days of Coney Island”. Eddie is one of the founding members of the CMI Animation and Visual Effects department, which was ranked 18th in the country among public schools by Animation Career Review in 2016.

eddieb@nmsu.edu

575.646.6892

Milton Hall, room 185K

 

 

 

Derek Chase

Derek Chase is a Digital Artist & 3D Generalist captivated by all things creative. He appreciates each step in the creation process from research & development to the finished product; though, his primary area of focus is in Visual Development.
Derek enjoys sharing learned techniques with others and thus has developed a passion for teaching. His teaching career began at NMSU’s Creative Media Institute in 2011 where he continues instruction. Education offers a unique opportunity to awaken another’s innermost talents and nurture their creativity.

 

chader22@nmsu.edu

575.646.6893

Milton Hall, room 214

 

 

Evan Curtis

Evan Curtis is an award-winning independent stop motion animator and filmmaker. His work has screened at SXSW, on PBS, and in over 50 festivals worldwide. The primary focus of his work is on self-reflexive stories and the environments that influence them. His films can be viewed at OreMagiFilms.com.
He received a BFA in Film from the Conservatory of Theatre Arts and Film at Purchase College and an MFA in Animation from the Savannah College of Art and Design. He has interned at Blue Sky Studios and Adult Swim.
Growing up in the Adirondacks of New York, many defining adventures shaped his imagination and fostered environmental advocacy. Evan is an AmeriCorps alum and has taught outdoor leadership and trail conservation to at-risk youth in Montana and the Adirondacks.
When not teaching and making films, Evan can be found exploring the wilderness with his dog and wife.

 

ecurtis@nmsu.edu

575.646.6146

Milton Hall, room 084B

Anthony Deiter

Anthony Deiter is a contemporary storyteller, employing 3d animation/modeling, painting, sculpture and other computer technologies to communicate the contemporary histories of Native American/First Nations people through references to his own history. Anthony is from the Plains Cree Nation. As a teacher, designer and artist, one of his personal mandates is to close the digital divide in remote, urban and disadvantaged communities. Deiter works frequently in both the US and Canada. He is currently Visiting Professor of Animation at the Creative Media Institute at New Mexico State University. His work has been exhibited and screened nationally and internationally including the Imago Mundi Venice Biennale (collaborative), The Grand Palais in Paris, France, Pou Kapua, Auckland New Zealand and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (New York City).

adeiter@nmsu.edu

Milton Hall, room 172E

 

 

 

 


Rajeev Nirmalakhandan

Rajeev Nirmalakhandan is a Sri Lankan native who has spent most of his adult life in Las Cruces. He is a writer/director with a strong interest in cinematography and graphic design. He has a film degree from UCLA and was a script reader at studios in Los Angeles. He has directed feature films, short films, commercials, documentaries and promotional videos. His work has played at festivals, has won awards, and written about in national publications. He is a member of the New Mexico Governor’s Advisory Board on Film and on the board of directors for Film Las Cruces. He has been a part of the CMI family since its inception in 2006.

rajeev@nmsu.edu

575.646.6144

Milton Hall, room 172F

 

Ross Marks

Ross Kagan Marks graduated from New Mexico State University with a BA in 1990. Ross directed the award-winning short film SCRAMBLED LOVE in 1990. Ross was one of the youngest graduates of the prestigious American Film Institute (AFI) Directing Program, where he received his MFA in 1994. In 1994, Ross also directed the award-wining film SHOWDOWN ON RIO ROAD featuring Robby Benson. In 1995, Ross directed the full-length feature film, HOMAGE, starring Blythe Danner, Bruce Davison, Sheryl Lee and Frank Whaley, written and produced by Mark Medoff. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it received an award and went on to receive more awards at numerous film festivals. In 1997, Ross directed the film adaptation of the play THE TWILIGHT OF THE GOLDS. The film was produced by Showtime and Hallmark. Garry Marshall was Executive Producer. The film featured Marshall, Faye Dunaway, Brendan Fraser, Rosie O’Donnell, Jack Klugman, Jon Tenney, and Jennifer Beals. The film opened the Chicago Film Festival in 1998, played at Sundance, and received many awards. 1n 1997 and 1998 Ross taught independent filmmaking at The AFI. Ross directed the award-winning short film PRINCESS in 2014. The film was a semi-finalist for the Live Action Short Academy Award. He completed his fourth feature film THE HEART OUTRIGHT written by Mark Medoff based on his stage play. He is currently in pre-production on his fifth feature film WALKING WITH HERB, starring Edward James Olmos, George Lopez, Christopher MacDonald and Billy Boyd. The film is based on the award-winning novel, with a screenplay by Academy award nominee Mark Medoff. Ross teaches at New Mexico State University’s Creative Media Institute. He is the Executive Director of the Las Cruces International Film Festival.

rossm@nmsu.edu

575.646.7472

Milton Hall, room 172G

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amy Lanasa, M.F.A Department Head amyla@nmsu.edu 575.646.6142
Edward Bakshi College Assistant Professor eddieb@nmsu.edu 575.646.6892
Derek Chase College Instructor chader22@nmsu.edu 575.646.6893
Derek Fisher, Associate Professor dfisher@nmsu.edu 575.646.6147
Barbara Franco Admin Asst, Inter bafranco@nmsu.edu 575.646.6139
Mitch Fowler, M.F.A Assistant Professor jmfowler@nmsu.edu 575.646.6360
Ilana Lapid, M.F.A Assistant Professor ilapid@nmsu.edu 575.646.5652
Sherwin Lau, M.F.A Assistant Professor kslau8@nmsu.edu 575.646.6348
Ross Marks, M.F.A College Assistant Professor rossm@nmsu.edu 575.646.7472
Orlando Martos Equipment Supervisor xerves@nmsu.edu 575.646.6145
Mark Medoff, M.A Senior Fellow mmedoff@nmsu.edu 575.646.6141
Rajeev Nirmalakhandan College Instructor rajeev@nmsu.edu 575.646.6144
Steven Chan System Analysis schan@nmsu.edu 575.646.2651