Jeff Spoonhower

Assistant Professor of Film and Digital Media Production

Specialties

Design and Production

Research Interests

Video game development, animation, sound design, music production, animation history

Biography

Jeff has worked in the video game and animation industries since 2002. Jeff has worked as a Lead Cinematic Director, Animator, Sound Designer, and Senior Video Editor for Electronic Arts, Sony Computer Entertainment, 2K Games, and THQ/Deep Silver. As both a staff employee and full-time freelancer, Jeff's work has been featured in more than 15 games, including Days Gone, Evolve, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Bioshock 2, Borderlands 2, The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, Saints Row I-IV, Mafia II, Spec Ops: The Line, Resistance: Retribution, Syphon Filter: Logan's Shadow, and NFL Street. Jeff co-founded the independent game studio Resonator Interactive, and is currently working as art director on their debut PC and console title, Anew: The Distant Light (www.anewthegame.com). Anew has been selected to show at several game festivals, including Indie Megabooth at GDC and PAX East, The MIX at E3, Dreamhack, EGX Digital, PAX Digital, Comicon, and Unity's Unite conference. Jeff writes regularly for Wireframe Magazine, lectures at top animation and game design universities and industry events, and has served as an official judge for the Independent Games Festival (IGF). 

Jeff also composes and produces electronic music inspired by 1980s synth-driven pop, progressive rock, and film scores under the moniker of Electron Odyssey (https://electronodyssey.bandcamp.com/https://ffm.to/electronodyssey). His debut full-length album, Your Future Awaits, was featured on Bandcamp.com's front-page "New and Notable" editorial section in August 2021, reached #2 and #3 on the sales charts in the electro and synthwave genres, and has been played on a variety of popular websites, blogs, and curated media channels such as Astral Throb, The ‘80s Guy, Forged in Neon, Synth Zone, Nightride FM, Beyond Synth, 80s Ladies, Pure Synthwave, Glitch Tape, Forever Synth, Retrofuturism 101, Revival Synth, The HomeBrew Electronica Show, Radio Wigwam, RadioCoolio, and more.

Jeff graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1999 with Bachelor's degrees in Film Production and Computer Applications, and from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2002 with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Computer Animation. Jeff's MFA thesis animated film from RIT, Intelligent Life, screened at more than 50 film festivals internationally. It won more than 20 awards, including a Best Animation nomination from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Student Academy Awards, and the Best Animated Short Film award at the South by Southwest Film Festival. Upon graduating from Notre Dame, Jeff's students have placed in top graduate school programs and companies such as the University of Southern California, Rochester Institute of Technology, Savannah College of Art and Design, American Film Institute, Disney Feature Animation, Dreamworks TV and Feature Animation, Weta Digital, Framestore, Method, Electronic Arts, 2K Games, Ubisoft, Google, Boeing, Amazon, and more.