When Brianna Jaeger was growing up, her family always made a habit of seeing the latest animated film in theaters. Years later, Bri found herself truly inspired by behind the scenes clips from Star Wars and was mesmerized as a team of artists drew concept art for George Lucas to judge silently. It wasn’t long after that when Brianna discovered UCF’s character animation program and decided this was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life.

As she has grown in this unique program, her friends and family have been nothing but supportive and help fuel her creative ambitions. On Cuddlefish, Brianna was one of the driving forces of the production team while also focusing on layout, set dressing, and animation. Her goal is to someday work at a major company like Lucasfilm or Walt Disney Animation as a layout artist so she can continue to spread the joy of filmmaking to others.

As far back as Jared Bittner can remember, he’s possessed a tenacious passion for the arts. He has his parents to thank for raising him on a diet of classic Disney films.

He was educated at LaVilla School of Arts and Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, where he studied the finer principles of art and design, and often worked in groups with other young, passionate artists. Jared came to the University of Central Florida to pursue a degree in Game Design, but eventually discovered the Character Animation program through an open house and knew it was the right place to be.  He Graduated in the Spring of 2017 with a double major: B.F.A. in Character Animation and B.A. in Game Design.

Jared served as a Student Co-Director on Cuddlefish and worked diligently as a Story Lead in the early stages of the production. He also served as a Rigging Lead, Cinematographer, Rendering Lead and Effects Artist. His main passion is to tell stories and work with other inspired artistothers.