Northeastern University Welcomes Pioneer Computer Animator

WHO/WHAT: Northeastern University’s Department of Art + Design welcomes Jeff Kleiser, special effects artist, producer and director as part of the third annual visiting-artist lecture series.

President and Co-Founder of Kleiser-Walczak Construction Company, a bi-costal animation and effects house, Jeff Kleiser’s groundbreaking work in computer animation has spanned the history of the medium.

Kleiser and partner Diana Walczak coined the term “sythespian”, meaning synthetic actor, and later launched Sythespian Studios in 2005.

Acclaimed as an industry pioneer, Kleiser has contributed to films with revolutionary visual effects including Tron, Stargate, Judge Dredd, Mortal Combat Annihilation, and X-Men.

WHEN: Tuesday, December 4, 2007, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

WHERE: 105 Shillman Hall, Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115.

This event is sponsored by Northeastern University and the Department of Art + Design.

For more information, please contact Samantha Fodrowski at 617-373-5427 or

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