Hal MilesCEO, Chairman, and Co-founder
Hal is an international award winning animation and visual effects film maker with an impressive 35 year career in the motion picture, television, and amusement park industries specializing in animation, visual effects, and animatronics as a director, producer, supervisor, and technician. He has helped to or personally created numerous classic and ground breaking techniques and moments on many animation and visual effects Academy Award and Emmy winning projects. Additionally, he taught and developed numerous animation and visual effects programs at the college level for 12 years. Hal has a love for every style and technique of animation, but has a deep passion for stop motion animation and is considered by many to be the chief authority and archivist of the art form, which he is very humble to accept. Hal's keen eye and knowledge of the fact that history was being destroyed by neglected drove him to amass a collection of film props, memorabilia, and scholarly works on the subject of animation that is one of the largest of its kind in private hands.
Nancy MilesExecutive Vice President and Co-founder
Nancy has always had a passion for art of any kind since she was a child. She particularly loved illustration art. In the 1970's she purchased at a church thrift sale (for 25 cents!) what she thought was a children's book illustration of a flower with human characteristics; only to discover it was "animation art". This led her on the road to discovery of the process of animation and it consisted of many various forms; and the realization that many fine artists had worked in the industry. After meeting and working with many of the greats of the day she realized that she found a lifelong passion. Along the road she worked with independent animators, founded and was President of the Animation Collectors Club of Washington, DC, and was a founding member of the NYC chapter of Women in Animation. The Animation Collectors Club of Washington had yearly show & sales and meetings with famous animators of the day. She also served on the Board of Directors of the National Foundation of Caricature and Cartoon Art (expertise animation), and ran the museum programs and Gallery operations on a daily basis. Along the way she worked with Corporate Risk Management and insurance of corporate owned properties of First Virginia Bank.
Later she owned and operated her own shop for fine art and antique furniture for a number of years in Washington, DC. She was frequently sought out to appraise or testify on the subject of animation artwork and represent clients at auctions and shows. After moving to Savannah, Georgia she met her husband Hal Miles and together they opened their own production studio where she found a new passion for creating miniature sets and props for stop motion animation. Missing her animation festival in Washington, DC, she and her husband co-founded the Savannah International Animation Festival in 2009 which has truly grown to international proportions. Nancy is currently working on a paper about the career of one of her former mentors and very dear friend Animator Philip Duncan.
Cheryl BriggsDirector of Education and Academic Affairs
Cheryl was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana and has lived in the South her entire life. An Autodesk Certified Instructor in Maya and author of An Essential Introduction to Maya Character Rigging, and her new book, Reel Success: The ultimate guide to demo reel creation and animation portfolio development. Cheryl is currently an Assistant Professor of Digital Media at the University of Central Florida. She taught as Professor of Animation at the Savannah College of Art and Design from 2001 to 2009 and holds a B.A. and M.Ed. in Education and an M.F.A. in Computer Art with a specialization in 3D Animation. She is a digital artist and animator that blends the lines between digital imagery and the traditional painting medium. She has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions in the U.S. and her works are featured in several private collections.