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TAG Digital Media & Entertainment: Field Trip & Discussion Creative Media Industries Institute at GSU


Wednesday April 11th
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Creative Media Industries Institute, College of Arts and Sciences, Georgia State University, 25 Park Place NE, Suite 306, Atlanta, Ga., 30302-5060

Made possible by a transformational gift of $22.8 million by the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation in 2014, the Creative Media Industries Institute builds connections between creative students and the entertainment information industries. Its focus is on advanced technology workforce training, building a national model for media entrepreneurship and collaborating with media and arts industry partners.

Networking and Refreshments with industry professionals
CMII Facility Tour
Panel Discussion with CMII Faculty and Staff
Q&A Breakout Groups

For questions, please contact Emily Miller at emily@tagonline.org  or call 404-817-3333.

Parking for CMII is in a deck behind 25 Park Place, the Georgia State T-Deck. The main entrance to the T-Deck is on Auburn Avenue. The GPS for the parking deck is 43 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303-2523. There is a fee to park.


Candice Alger, Prof. of Practice AR/VR Virtual Production
Elizabeth Strickler, Dir. Media Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Sheldon Schiffer, Prof.of Digital and Interactive Media Production
David Cheshier, Director, CMII
Candice Alger, Prof. of Practive, AR/VR Virtual Production


Candice Alger has garnered over thirty years of experience in the entertainmentindustry in corporate management, business development, sales & marketing, and public relations.

Ms. Alger has been at the helm of Giant Studios, the world leader in performance capture and virtual production, since its inception in 1999. Ms. Alger also served as Executive Producer for the company’s film division whose credits include, but are not limited to: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Polar Express, Happy Feet, The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, I Am Legend, Iron Man, Hulk, Mummy 3, Avatar, Real Steel, Tintin, and Jack the Giant Killer. Video Game credits include such blockbuster titles as Halo 4 & 5, Call of Duty, Monolith Games, and Devil May Cry. In 2012 Giant’s software development team was awarded Technical Achievement Awards from the Academy for the advancements the company’s proprietary motion capture technology brought to the filmmaking experience. Ms Alger is currently in the process of winding down the company having recently sold the technology to James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment.

Prior to launching Giant Studios, Ms. Alger was an Executive Vice President at Crawford Communications, Inc., an Atlanta-based teleproduction and communications company, where she was instrumental in guiding the expansion of a thirty-five person post-production facility into one of the most widely recognized telecommunications companies in the U.S. with over 350 employees when she left in 1999 to launch Giant Studios. Ms. Alger’s initial role with the company in the mid-eighties was as manager of its start-up division, Crawford Satellite Services; which she developed into one of the first international teleports to offer fully automated satellite network origination services for cable television. During her tenure, the teleport provided origination services for over twenty-five, fulltime, cable networks throughout North America, and Latin American. Prior to that, she worked in remote satellite operations, sales and sports television at CNN, and Public Relations for The Atlanta Flames, and The Atlanta Hawks.

Ms. Alger became the first woman to be featured as the cover story for Hub Magazine, Georgia Technology Association’s (TAG), a publication dedicated to technology and innovation. She has also made guest appearances on WXIA’s Atlanta Tech Edge television show featuring industry leaders in Georgia, Business X Radio Talk show, as well as numerous film and video game industries trade publications.

Ms. Alger is a graduate of the Journalism School at the University of Georgia.

Ms. Alger served as a Board Member for many years at The Bridge, a non-profit, therapeutic, residential, rehabilitation facility for troubled youth in Georgia.

Ms. Alger served as Co-Chair along with Chris Klaus, and Joel Katz on the Georgia Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Digital Entertainment Committee. She was invited to testify in front of Georgia Legislators about post-production feasibility for the burgeoning film industry in the state. She is currently a member of the 2016 Georgia Chamber – Entertainment Committee.

 Elizabeth Strickler, Dir., Media Entrepreneurship and Innovation            

Elizabeth Strickler has a broad and robust background in both media and technology. She leverages her knowledge of the media industry with design, creativity, and technology to promote innovation and generate media for a variety of platforms.  During her time at Georgia State University, she created the Window Project, the Cross Stitch Project and was Co-Principal Investigator on numerous grants, through innovative uses of media technology and experience design. The Window Project, an internationally curated, public new media installation space, screened nightly for five years, engaging audiences and enhancing downtown Atlanta. The Cross Stitch Project used digital media and network technology to help young women develop confident voices and share empowering stories. In addition, her documentaries, short films, and new media work have received national and international awards including PBS POV award and the Southern Circuit tour.

A passionate believer in creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship, she uses her talents to support students to start businesses, tell better stories, and build a stronger cultural economy. She is excited to combine her knowledge of media technologies and her passions to continue exploring immersive media content with her colleagues and the Atlanta community. Through the Creative Media Industries Institute (CMII) her visions will become reality and virtual reality.

She holds a BA in Philosophy, BS in Computer Science and an MFA in Digital Filmmaking and Art. She is the Director of Media Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Creative Media Industries Institute at Georgia State University.

    Sheldon Schiffer, Prof. of Digital and Interactive Media Production

Are our identities a result of our processes of perception, or are they developed from the messages that we receive from others? This fundamental question has followed Sheldon Schiffer through two professional careers in academia and industry – as a media producer and as an interactive media developer. He first studied fine art, design and theater before completing work studying film at UC Santa Cruz. His work advanced at UCLA where he completed his MFA in film production and directing at the School of Theater, Film, Television and Digital Media. As a professional media maker he worked as an editor of commercials and as a story developer at CBS’ movie of the week division. Independently he developed the documentary Memories of Tata with the PBS program POV. Moving to New York just as the internet was developing, Schiffer taught himself programming languages, database programming and web development and co-founded the company Red Rover Media. He was a co-developer and media architect for clients and brands such as the ad agency Chiat Day, communication firm NYNEX (a former company of what is now Verizon), public health charity the American Heart Association, beverage producer Veuve Cliquot and media distributor the Cinema Guild. He also worked with the innovative web development company i33 in New York City. In 1998 he returned to academia as the first full time tenure track hire in creative media production on the faculty of the department of Communication. There he co-developed diverse curricula for film students in the major in both traditional film and television production study as well as interactive media. His recent professional work includes the independent feature film Transmigration, the award winning documentaries Portraits on the Malecón and The Rise and Fall of Black Velvet Flag. He has also produced award winning short fiction films in collaboration with student and professional actors, Comeuppance, Nailed! (with Walking Dead star Melissa McBride) and Disclosures. An interest in interactive media persisted as Schiffer sought to connect his teaching and research in media performance with motion capture technology for animation. Schiffer is currently completing a Ph.D. in Computer Science at Georgia State University to contribute to research in “performance” capture of athletes and actors toward the “intelligent” behavior of autonomous animated characters in games and moving image production. He also teaches at Georgia State University in the Creative Media Industries Institute and the department of Communication courses in game development, animation, acting, screenwriting and visual effects.

David M. Cheshier directs the Creative Media Industries Institute (CMII). CMII was formed in 2014 to strengthen connections between arts and media students and the region’s creative industries. The key aim is to better position Georgia State to support Atlanta’s aspirations to emerge as a global creative content capital. Institute work is focused on preparing students for high technology careers in the creative industries, developing a national model for media entrepreneurship training and organizing creative industries research partnerships. A $22.8 million Woodruff Foundation gift made in 2014, the largest gift in Georgia State history, is enabling the quick launch of these programs and the renovation of a three-story facility at the heart of campus into a creative media/arts center.

Cheshier earned a Ph.D. in Communication Studies at the University of Iowa in 1996. At Georgia State he directed debate activities for seven years and chaired for eight more the Department of Communication, where he holds an associate professor faculty appointment. His academic scholarship focuses on the dynamics of American public deliberation given mass mediation and the ways emotion intersect with collective patterns of social argumentation. Cheshier’s research has received the NCA Miller Dissertation Award and the AFA Rohrer Research Prize, the latter given to the best annual research essay in argumentation studies.

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