Motion Graphics Designer & Animator
Andrea Schmitz is a New York-based motion graphics designer and animator by day, baker by evening, writer by night, and sound designer by appointment. Professionally she has created everything from animated short films to graphics for standardized tests. Andrea can often be found researching current animated shows at her work desk and creating art based on wordplay only she finds funny. She is currently focusing on character animation and rigging in AfterEffects.
Andrea’s mentor was Nick Cross.
Door is the story of Gaia, a teenager who has just moved into a creepy house with her mother and is determined to hate it, despite her mother’s reassurances. When a mysterious green door begins to stalk Gaia, she literally stumbles through it into another world, one that manifests a person’s greatest fear- in Gaia’s case, spiders. Though the door repeatedly attempts to trap her in its world, her mother refuses to believe her. In the end, Gaia must summon the bravery to face her fears and come together with her mother to defeat the evil living just behind the door.
Official Selection, July 2016, Short to the Point Festival
Official Selection, October 2016, Women in Film Dallas, Chick Flicks Film Festival
MFA Visual Narrative, Thesis Project, Spring 2016
The Cat BurglarA humble Burglar’s routine robbery goes awry when he is forced to steal a cat along with his prize. But when the cat worms its way into the Burglar’s heart, he finds it hard to return to his lonely life without it.
MFA Visual Narrative, Digital Short Story Project, Spring 2015
The Boiling PointKarl, the captain of a flying ship, holds mob boss “The Lobster” at gunpoint, demanding his long overdue payment. The pressure mounts as his desperation increases and a storm finally catches up to him.
MFA Visual Narrative, NO-ON Project, Summer 2014
Little BirdA little bird I designed and animated to test facial animation.
Style SchoolA rejected title sequence for a fashion series that I nonetheless enjoyed making characters for.
Citizen Primer: Deficits and the National Debt
I designed and animated this animated infographic for Citizen Primer. Citizen Primer is a series of short videos explaining government functions that are poorly understood by the public. Northwestern University, Spring 2014
3rd Stanza, "The Raven"
Part of a series of illustrations for each stanza of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven.” MFA Visual Narrative, SVA, Fall 2014
A black and white drawing representing curiosity. MFA Visual Narrative, SVA, Summer 2014