After nearly a decade of studying computer science at Brown, Meier headed to Los Angeles to lend her talents to animation and visual effects production companies (her projects include Batman Returns, Toys, Fantasia 2000, Devil’s Advocate, True Lies and Michael Jackson’s iconic Black or White music video).
But Meier found, it seems, the world within the CIS building more animating than studios like DreamWorks, Cinesite and Hammerhead Productions, where she has worked as art director or senior animator. She left Tinseltown to return to College Hill, where she’s been teaching since 2003. Meier’s Intro to Computer Animation is offered this fall, but be prepared to fight for a seat in the popular course capped at 20 students (it helps to have some CS courses under your belt, or an artistic background, or good groveling skills).
Name: Barbara Meier
Age: Over 21 is all that matters
What’s your job description, in one sentence? I teach computer animation production.
What’s the best part of your job? Working with students and seeing them embrace the medium of animation to express themselves in deeply personal ways.
The worst? I am adjunct faculty and have to get refunded by the university and the Computer Science Department every year.
How long have you lived in Providence? I have lived in Barrington for 11 years.
What’s your ringtone? Ring-a-ling-a-ling
Your homepage? www.cs.brown.edu/~bjm
Nice Slice or Antonio’s? Neither. Grilled pizza at home.
Blue State or Starbuck’s? Caffe latte made at home.
Which three words would you use to describe Brown students? Eclectic, ambitious, thinking.