Norman Moses Joseph earned his master’s degree in computer graphics technology in 2011. Following graduation, Norman took his talents to the West coast, where just this year, he had Hollywood success with a little movie you might have heard of: “Big Hero 6,” which won the 2015 Oscar for Best Animated Feature. He served as an assistant technical director on the film.
In his current position with Walt Disney Animation Studios, Norman develops tools and workflows to advance the pipeline and provide ongoing support and improvements to help the artists in their daily work and long-term projects. One such tool, the Virtual Window Shader, visualizes the interior of windows on buildings in the movie “Big Hero 6” and was published in SIGGRAPH Asia 2014. He also provides training and mentoring for artists and other technical directors.
In his spare time, Joseph is a member of Epsilon Pi Tau (the leading international honor society for technology), Golden Key International Honor Society and ASIFA Hollywood.
This profile was written for the Early Career Award program in 2015.