Professor of Visual Effects at Academy of Media Arts
Gabriel Teo has more than 18 years of global industry experience working in major film and game studios. In 2001 he headed the cinematic department at a game development studio in Dubai Media City and founded an animation studio in 2003 in Dubai with Disney Channel ME as his primary client. He became compositor for Weta Productions in 2005 before teaching at Auckland University of Technology, lecturing and heading the animation and moving image departments. As head of Media Research and Development at Huhu Studios in Auckland, he supervised visual effects for Noah’s Ark, as well as developed collaborative cloud technologies for games’ cinematic production. Gabriel developed the Visual Effects department at SCAD Hong Kong, and in October 2014, he earned the Master of Animation accreditation through the recommendation of Huhu Studios, which now extends throughout Asia. He has returned back to New Zealand and founded a Visual Effects training facility at Academy of Media Arts. He is a passionate advocate for creative learning through industry collaboration, and is actively conducting visual effects workshops in New Zealand and teaching film and 3D media classes online.