Assistant Professor of Instruction
Monika Salter comes to ATEC from the animated feature film industry, where she spent 14 years working in the areas of Character Effects and Lighting. Known as Monika Sawyer in the professional world, her film credits include Blue Sky Studios’ Epic, Rio, Horton Hears a Who, and several Ice Age sequels including Ice Age: Continental Drift and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.
Salter has spent the last six years working with Dallas-based film studio Reel FX Creative Studios as Character Effects Supervisor. Here, she has helped the studio establish and grow a new Character Effects department for their latest feature film pipeline. Her film projects with Reel FX include Free Birds, Rock Dog, and their Golden-Globe nominated film Book of Life.
Salter received her BA from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, and an MFA in Computer
Art from Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia.