Metaphor Brown

A photo of Metaphor Brown

Assistant Professor

Simulation, Animation and Gaming

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  • MFA, Animation and Digital Art
  • BA, Studio Art

Professional Summary

  • Assistant Professor 2021- present
  • Shorts Director 2017 - present
  • Animator and Designer 2016 - present

Industry Experience

  • 2D + 3D Animation
  • Digital Art and Illustration
  • Visual Storytelling
  • VR Narrative
  • Poetic Narrative
  • Gesture + Anatomy
  • Drawing Motion
  • Short Films
  • Mix Media Animation
  • Storyboarding
  • Motion Design
  • Character Design
  • Background Painting
  • Animation Pre-production
  • Development and Worldbuilding
  • Experimental Narrative Animation
  • Traditional Drawing and Painting mediums
  • Modeling
  • Texturing

Courses Taught

SAG 255 - SAG MovementSAG 325 - Principles of Animation

Selected Publications

  • Ramos, Dino-Ray.  "SXSW Announces Midnighters Lineup; Wes Anderson's 'Isle Of Dogs' To Close Film Fest." Deadline, February 2018 - An article highlighting certain selected works in the festival including directed short. (under a previous name) 
  • Griffin, Jacqui. "SXSW:  The Virtual Reality Future." Film Inquiry, Mary 2018 - An essay on the virtual cinema show, and whether VR can be considered a standalone medium.  Featured as proof of VR's capabilities as a unique medium. (under a previous name)
  • "SXSW Film Festival Announces 2018 Midnighters, Shorts, VR & Inaugural Indie Episodics."  BoomHowdy, February 2018 - Article highlighting certain selected works in the festival include directed short.  (under a previous name)

Patents / Awards / Grants

  • Sloan Foundation Animation Grant winner - 2019BASA Grant winner - 2018
  • Breaking the Glass Frame:  Women in Animation Symposium Award for Recognition of Diversity and Inclusion efforts - 2018

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • Queer/Trans in Animation
  • Animasians (Ally volunteer)

Additional Information

Metaphor Brown is an animation artist, shorts director, and visual storyteller.  She has been featured in festivals such as SXSW, and her work has been displayed at screenings in venues such as the Directors Guild of America.  Her clients have included CORE, Getty Museum, US EDA and more.