Alumni Spotlight

The CMI Alumni Spotlight takes a closer look at our alumni to see where they are now, what they’re doing and to share their experiences at CMI.  Click on a photo to discover more about each individual and to view their work.

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Milo Koleske
Freelance Illustrator, Graphic Designer, & Film Production Artist

Milo Koleske is a Freelance Illustrator, Graphic Designer, & Film Production Artist currently living in Albuquerque, NM. He is currently looking to pursue his efforts in a larger city with a strong community for queer identifying peoples and artists.

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Sean Dolan
Associate Attorney at Butt Thornton & Baehr

Sean Dolan is an Associate Attorney currently living in Albuquerque, NM. While currently working at civil defense firm Butt Thornton & Baehr, he hopes to expand his practice to include entertainment law.

Whitney Guaderrama
Assistant Production Coordinator at IATSE Local 480

Whitney Guaderrama is an Assistant Production Coordinator currently residing in Albuquerque, NM. She enjoys being an important puzzle piece to the creation of a show, providing the support that producers, directors, writers, cast, and crew need to efficiently move through prep and production.

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Neil Solberg
Best Boy Electric

Neil Solberg is a freelance Best Boy Electric currently residing in Albuquerque, NM. He works full time on movies and TV shows the electric department as a Best Boy electric and recently as a full time Gaffer on bigger movies

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James Lopez
Freelance Illustrator/Animator

James Lopez is a freelance Illustrator, Motion Graphic Artist, 2D Animator, & 3D Sculptor currently residing in Las Cruces, NM. He enjoys taking someone’s ideas and making them a reality, particularly when it comes to animation.

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Brad Otero
Electrical Rigger and Set Lighting Technician at IATSE Local 480

Brad is an Electrical Rigger and Set Lighting Technician currently living in Albuquerque, NM. He enjoys working with union IATSE Local 480, as it allows him to work on some of the biggest productions to come out of New Mexico.

Daniel Cdebaca
E-Learning Developer at American Society of Radiologic Technologists

Daniel is a E-Learning Developer currently living in Albuquerque, NM. Working at The American Society of Radiologic Technologists, he enjoys working on creative educational experiences for the medical imaging community.

Natalie Streander
Writer/Director at PsychDesert Productions

Natalie is a Writer and Director currently living in Las Cruces, NM. She is also the co-owner of the video production company PsychDesert Productions. She's currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at New Mexico State University with the hopes of teaching creative/screenwriting classes at a University level.

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Trevor Rogers
Key Grip / Gaffer

Trevor Rogers is a Key Grip and Gaffer based in Albuquerque, NM. Trevor graduated from the CMI in 2019, one of the very first generations to do so. Trevor is the founder of T-Ro films, an LLC dedicated to renting equipment in the Southwestern region of NM.

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Jenn Garcia

Jenn graduated in May 2016 and currently lives in Albuquerque, NM where she works as a commercial and film producer with Hardline Films.

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Patrick Vigil
UX/UI Designer

Patrick Vigil graduated from CMI in 2015 with a Degree in Animation and Visual Effects. He's currently in Boulder, Colorado, working as a User Experience and User Interface designer for a software agency

Jesse Rogers

Jesse Rogers graduated CMI in 2011 with a degree in Animation/VFX. He works for CRU doing shooting, editing, and animation and resides in Austin with his family.

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Eric Cameron
Software Developer

Eric Cameron graduated CMI in 2009; one of the very first generations to do so. Since then, Eric has moved to California and is now a Senior Software Developer for FotoKem. Some of the projects he's worked in include: Star Wars The Last Jedi, Maze Runner 3, Kong Skull Island. 

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Julian Alexander

Julian attended school in Northern Europe to obtain a Master of Fine Arts degree. He has created multiple successful movies and currently works as a professor in CMI at New Mexico State University.

Maribel Padilla
Social Media Coordinator - PBS SoCal
Maribel is currently working as the Social Media Coordinator for PBS SoCal, the Los Angeles and Orange counties full service PBS station.
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Carson Poe
Inflight Creations

Carson resides in Scottsdale, Arizona and is the co-founder of a marketing company by the name of Inflight Creations. 

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Matt Wilson
Matt Wilson is a Commercial and Narrative Cinematographer based out of Albuquerque.
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Ryan Humble
Ryan is the lead Media Operator at ESPN in Bristol, Connecticut. He has worked on the X Games, the NFL Draft, college football bowl games, Monday Night Countdown, and just about every studio show on ESPN. Outside of ESPN he also became FAA certified for commercial drone use and started a drone photography and videography business.
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Ryan Hall
Videographer - Air Force Academy
Ryan is currently living in Colorado Springs, CO, and is the Photography & Video Production Specialist for the Association of Graduates of the United States Air Force Academy.
Beatriz Loera
Beatriz Loera graduated May 2016 and has worked on multiple feature films and television shows as a production assistant.
Thomas DesJardin
CG Generalist / Lighting & Look Dev
Thomas graduated in 2009 and is now working as a lighting TD for Sony Pictures Imageworks in Vancouver, BC. He has worked on films such as Wreck-It Ralph, Book of Life, Arrow, The 100, Series of Unfortunate Events, countless small projects. Most recently The Emoji Movie.
Sheridan O'Donnell
Sheridan O'Donnell is a freelance commercial and film director in Albuquerque, NM.  His production company, Hardline Films, is a full service production company specializing in high-quality video content.
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Jesus Nuñez
Jesus graduated in 2014 and is currently running his own production company, DoubleScope films in El Paso, Texas. He also runs a music studio called Mobius Recording Studio in El Paso.
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