GABRIEL TEO

Creative Educator | Filmmaker | Digital Media Supervisor
Professor of Visual Effects at Savannah College of Art and Design | Hong Kong

Qualification : Master of Design (3D Stereoscopic Technology) - Auckland University of Technology

It was truly a privilege to have been taught by a person with such a passion for digital compositing, photography, film and color. The Eye that Gabriel has for details and working with color to set the correct mood and output of a film/photo is truly amazing and it is a level of skill that I one day aim to achieve. He has an enormous amount of knowledge in his field of work and it really inspired me ; and many of my fellow students to pursue the fields of Photography and extend their skills in the field of Digital Compositing. Gabriel was one of the most fun , approachable and knowledgeable lecturers I have had in all my years as a student, And it really pays to have someone that is dedicated to making the learning environment a valuable,comfortable and fun learning experience.He went out of his own way to host workshops on Film / Cinematography to give us all a better understanding of how certain movies are shot and why they would shoot it in this specific manner and the goals they would achieve by doing so, Everything was interesting when something was explained and there was never a dull moment having Gabriel around He is a true asset to any company / school and I highly recommend his skills as an professional artist.

Christopher McCartney – Nuke Compositor, Concept Artist & Texture Artist

Gabriel is a talented CG artist who is great to deal with and pays a huge amount of attention to detail, the quality of his work is of a high standard. It was a pleasure to work along side him and I hope to work with him again in the future.

Nikora Ngaropo, Layout TD at Weta Digital Layout TD

I came to know Gabriel while I was the programme leader of Digital Media at Lifeway College and he was the head of the Media Research and Development department at Huhu Studios. Gabriel quickly established the R&D department at Huhus and successfully inducted several of Lifeway College’s level 7 students into an applied educational setting within an industry context. Gabriel’s resourcefulness, friendly nature and generosity were key to repairing bridges between our two organisations, and re-establishing a level of collaboration that had been absent.

We have both moved forwards with our careers but have stayed in contact, which I believe is a testament to Gabriel’s character; he is able to establish strong industrial and academic ties and maintain them. I have no hesitation whatsoever recommending Gabriel, and I am personally interested in any of the exciting initiatives he may decide to pursue in the future.

Sean Castle, Academic – University of Waikato

Gabriel is a dedicated and very talented guy that i have worked with in nearly an year, he gets the job done quickly, efficiently , he knows exactly wht he is doing, an outstading professional i am very pleased to work with him.

Fabiano Petroni, Animation Technical Director at Weta Digital

Gabriel was one the most influential lecturer’s I had while studying at Lifeway College. His ability to impart his passion for art and storytelling through film is second to none. His practical knowledge of cameras, lighting, colour and composition, is invaluable. Gabe gave me a lot of motivation while in the midst of my studies.He has a kind heart and great sense of humour, I would work with Gabe again in a heartbeat!

Mark McNicholl, Lead Lighting TD at Weta Digital

Gabriel is a truly professional in film & visual effects industry. I am impressed with his rich experience in film post production area, especially with his composting knowledge and excellent pipeline planning skill. Gabriel is also a very easy going team member, I enjoy working with him, and looking forward to working together again in the future!

Ben Yang, Lighting TD at Huhu Studios

Gabriel is the one who can “cook” the visual arts. Knows the taste of colour, and even the function of ingredients and seasonings. During the time I spent time with him, he told me the importance of “feeling” the arts. It was honour of me to work with him, who encouraged me a lot to pursue my career.

Taka Ino, 3D Generalist at Podlance

Gabe. uff.. :D
this guy is a walking talking legend. with the particular attention to the small things, really small things ;)
I would call him a Napoleon of work. every week its a new battle what he has to plan. on the meetings, diagrams, numbers, intense internet research.
finally it looks like blueprint of space ship :) but somehow everything is simple and it works.
here at huhu studio he was a soul of the company. there was no one who didn’t liked him.
he is always looking for his people, and he is really good friend.

Piotr Fox Wysocki, Senior Texture R&D Artist at Weta Digital

Gabriel was the most inspirational mentor i have ever had. His passion for creativity and artistry is both obvious and infectious. The extensive knowledge already at his disposal hasn’t at all dampened his ability to learn new things and keep an open mind. In everything i asked him, he would always surprise me with the excellence of his answers content and delivery. I think any employer would find Gabe to be more than sufficient in any creative position.

Douglas Viljoen, Administrative Manager at Podlance Academy

Gabriel Has been an excellent influence on my life. He helped me greatly when he was a lead at Huhus and i first started in teaching. He all ways had time to sit down and share his extensive knowledge. He is a natural leader and inspires his peers to take great pride in their work. He has the unique ability to inspire people so naturally has been a valuable asset in teaching. Everyone has all ways looked up too Gabe and hold him in high esteem.

Matthew Guinibert, Lecturer at Auckland University of Technology

Gabe is quite possibly the best supervisor you could ever wish to have, he’s awesome to work with and far, keeps things clear and is willing to go to war for his team. He’s also one of the best compositors I have ever worked with. Highly recommend him.

Jason Brown, FX TD at MPC

I had the privilege of being taught by Gabriel while studying at Lifeway Advanced Animation College. His creative in-sites into composition, colour, and film production were an invaluable asset to my learning and his challenging, out of the box way of thinking has inspired my work and helped push it to the next level. I would not hesitate to recommend Gabriel to anyone wanting a professional, highly talented artist in his fields of expertise.

Shem Dawson, Senior 3D Artist I at Blizzard Entertainment

Gabe is the easiest person to work with. His light-hearted humor makes working under pressure a less stressful ordeal & his excellent Compositing skills ensures he delivers top-quality shots. Besides being an expert in his field, he is generous with his knowledge – which makes him a great team player as well.

Kenneth Garcia, Lighting TD/Digital Artist at Animal Logic

I have worked with Gabriel for almost a year and have the utmost respect for him and his skill. He is always ready for a challenge and a good planner and problem solver! It has been a pleasure to work with and him and to call him my friend!

Allan Sheblom, Senior Lighting Artist at Oktobor Animation

Gabriel was pleasant to work with and he possesses the capacity to contribute professionally in the production environment.

TeckChee Koi, FX TD ILM Singapore

i got the pleasure to work with gabriel on diferent project as he was the vfx supervisor at BlankCreative LLC | Disney Channel ME

he was very efficient and determined to get the best result out of his team of artists
his personality and skills are hardly matched in our industry

Christophe Desse, Technical Artist @ Naughtydog

Gabriel was by far the best tutor of digital arts which I had during my study abroad in New Zealand. He has not only an outstanding ability to motivate his students, but also understands to great a creative work environment for his students.

He is passionate about digital art and his work is brilliant. Gabriel is a great team player and ensures that nobody is left behind. With his excellent experience and knowledge, he focuses on individual training to push the creative abilities of his students beyond their limits. Therefore Gabriel taught me professional knowledge in moving image production, which dramatically influenced my work outcomes.
Gabriel is a superior choice for every company in the field of arts.

Daniel Hofmann, Media Intelligence Analyst at Booming GmbH

I worked under Gabriel on the Little Creatures film project, where he was the creative director. This project started as a culmination of Gabriel’s passion for film, art and design. Apart from Gabriel’s incredible eye for design, he is a great motivator, pushing everyone around him to go beyond what they thought they are capable of.
Gabriel’s excellent quality of work, professional approach, friendly demeanour and good work ethic makes him a great asset to any company.

Jacques Tredoux, Software Developer at Global Kinetic

I had Gabriel as a tutor for a semester at AUT. I can honestly say he is one of the best tutors I have had in my time at university.

Gabriel is such an inspiring person to work with. He is so creative himself and encourages us to pursue with our individual ideas giving us the confidence to see them through.

I feel so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with him.

Petra Wood, NZ Direct Travel Consultant at Intrepid Travel

Gabriel is an awesome guy. He helped us (Huhu Studioes) out a lot with our production pipe line and was a big asset! I know Gabriel personally and can honestly say he’s one of the nicest most honest guys I know. Gabriel would be an asset to any company as he is very skilled and easy to get along with!

Aaron Clement, Animator at Rising Sun Pictures

Gabriel was my Visual Effect/ Motion Media Design professor when I was at SCAD Hong Kong in Fall 2012. Under his inspirational and insightful instructions, my understanding of motion media/film elevates to a new level. After one class with Professor Gabriel, I am able to applied illustration/fine art skills into my motion works freely to create amazing portfolio pieces. Gabriel is definitely a great instructor and educator who helps his students to find their ways to be a multi-facet visual artist.

Chieh Lee, Motion Designer at trivago

Gabriel was my supervisor at Huhu Studios Research and Development department. It was a total privilege to have met and worked with him, he was always easy-going and approachable, took responsibility and cared for his team. He is a natural teacher, who gives helpful critique, always pushing the quality to a higher level. He gave me confidence in my abilities while helping me to advance them further. I look forward to working with him again in the future.

Matt Crisp, CG Artist at Darkroom

As a colleague I’ve witnessed how professional Gabriel is as a compositor, his work is alway of very high quality even under time pressure. In addition, his friendly & lighthearted nature made him a great person to be around with.
It was a real pleasure to work with him.

Edwin Liu, Software Engineer

I’ve collaborated on several projects with Gabriel and his visual effects team for the last few quarters at SCAD HK. Not only has he shown a marvelous ability to lead and guide a group of people through both smooth and rough times during projects, but I have seen how he has trained and influenced everyone (even non-VFX people) to unlock their talents and potential. Gabe is passionate about people going for what they love, what makes their heart pound, and spreads this message in everything he does, especially in the classroom setting. His laid-back nature charms anyone around him and draws in students from any and all departments at SCAD HK! He also encourages collaboration among all programs – I’m in advertising and have become part of the VFX family at SCAD, as well as other illustrators, game designers, motion media and fashion students…to name a few. Gabe’s reputation among the students here at SCAD HK is golden. He’s successfully created an army of artists and designers to conquer the world – starting now.

Sydnie Wachs, Screenwriter/Videmus

Gabe’s the man. Incredible passion and work ethic. The students follow him like sheep. He could open his own school and half of our students would follow him bleating. A rare gem indeed.

Curt Neilson, Professor of English at SCAD

I took Gabriel’s Digital Design Aesthetics class (ITGM 130) at Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD), the Hong Kong campus, in the Fall of 2013. I walked into the class expecting to learn the basics in Maya and ZBrush for use in digital art, because that’s what I heard most professors did for this course. However, I walked out with a strong foundation for modeling and texturing in Zbrush, and rendering the final images in Maya.

I never planned to learn so much about either of the softwares, but Gabe’s positive attitude and engaging teaching style took my work to another level. He was clear and concise in his tutorials, and very well-organized with his presentations. Having never created concept art with ZBrush or Maya, none of us in the class knew what the process was. But Gabe guided us all through the project, giving us an overview of what we would be doing on the first day, and coaching us through the details as the quarter went on.

All in all, at the end of 10 weeks in Gabe’s class, I was able to return back to SCAD’s Savannah campus and obtain a position tutoring not only Sophomores, but Juniors who had have taken classes at higher levels than ITGM 130, because Gabe prepared us all for much more than just “a basic understanding of Maya and ZBrush.” Instead, he taught us three major things. First, in-depth skills with ZBrush. Second, a moderate understanding of Maya, focusing on: lighting, materials, and rendering. Third, how to appropriately execute a project for Visual Effects. Essentially, his performance shows that Gabe is an exceptional leader and teacher, and I’m sure that extends far beyond just the classroom.

Hannah Moyers, User Experience Designer

I took Gabriel’s computer applications class (CMPA 100) back in the spring of 2013, and I do not regret my decision. Although the class was about learning about basic computer skills and understanding such as photoshop, Gabe inspired me to go beyond my comfort zone and find my own style as a designer. I still find it amazing how I managed to make my own 30 second video in Adobe After Effects, considering that I never knew how to use the program and we only had 3 to 4 weeks to complete the assignment.
If I ever have the opportunity, I would love to learn from him again. Although he isn’t my major professor, I was glad to be under his supervision and learn from his style of teaching. Today he continues to be a great inspiration and a great friend for me.

Heejung Kim, Marketing Intern at Hypebeast

Gabriel Teo showed great leadership as the Head of Media Research and Development at Huhu Studios with enough enthusiasm to make even the most uninspired get motivated. Gabriel demonstrated a vast knowledge, worked long hours to meet deadlines, had an indepth understanding of the production pipeline and was fun to work with. He will be a great asset to any creative studio.

Quannah Scarrow, Support worker for WorkBridge Inc

Gabriel Teo has been one of the most influential persons ever to have affected and guided me with my work and studies. His mentoring abilities have been able to help me grow as an artist and greatly improved my eye for a professional level of work.
One his most distinctive characteristics, besides his easy going friendly and fun nature, is by far his passion for the industry he works in. This passion was able to re-lit my own passion for the same industry and his vast knowledge of the area has never left me without the answers I’ve been looking for.

His excellent quality of work and all his other personal traits will make him a great asset for any company. I am personally looking forward to work with him again in the future.

Tapani Heikkinen, Character and 3D design

Gabe was my tutor at AUT and he is the most inspirational person i’ve come across. He is warm, funny, talented and packed with passion which has effectively rubbed off onto his students. He is open to ideas and just a create joy to be around. He allowed students to feel fearless in the industry and to go that extra mile of achieivng excellent work. He treated us not only as students but as young adults about to the enter the industry which gave us confidence and an insight into the real world.

I would highly recommend Gabe with confidence as he is an amazing tutor. It is sad that we won’t have him around though I wish him all the best with his future.

Varsha Karan, CCS

I Highly recommend Gabe as someone to work with or work for, or even have as a friend!!! Having gathered an incredible amount of experience and expertise- he is an inspiration to us who are entering the design world! :)

Whitney Wainui, Freelance Production Coordinator

Gabriel is one of the top compositor artiste I e havever work with. He is talented and a hard worker and he also gives that final subtle touch that makes the film look high top quality.
Gabriel has been chosen by Weta because he is among the top CG artistes in the world. And his friendliness makes him very easy to work with.

Jean Banville, 2D/3D Animation

I have worked with Gabriel for approximately 6 months, in this time i am honored not only to have had the chance to work with Gabriel but be a friend.
Gabriel is a extremely talented artist with a eye for detail and a mind for originality. He has the drive to make a company succeed with the highest caliber work possible and is willing to take on any challenge make it happen. He is a natural leader and is not scared to take control, is a excellent problem solver and works logical in a very structured manner.
Not only talented in his art and occupation Gabe also has an amazing gift of being able to make people laugh and feel content around his presence, lifting the mood of people everywhere
he goes. Extraordinarily loyal to whatever company he may be working for at any given time, words just cannot explain how much of an asset he will be to the company.
I hold Gabriel in the highest possible regard as a artist,coworker and friend.
I wish him all the best for his future.

Kyle Dey, Texture artist

Gabriel is a very technically oriented and knowledgeable person, who brought some new and fresh perspective to the way some things were done at Huhu Studios. He was also responsible to redesigning the 3D Curriculum at the Lifeway College, due to which the students were able to perform better in their course.
He would be an asset to whichever company he goes to in the future.

Pritish Dogra, 3D Generalist

Gabe was a tutor and a guide throughout my time at university. His friendly attitude and great outlooks on life are infectious and is a great asset to whatever projects he works on.
His creative flare and constructive feedback inspired me. It helped me to develop myself and my skills throughout university.

I feel very privileged to have worked with Gabe and wish him the very best.

Joshua Sumich, Pre Sales Support at Fujitsu

SOFTWARE KNOWLEDGE

Pixologic Zbrush

Pixologic Zbrush

Luxology Modo

Luxology Modo

Autodesk Mudbox

Autodesk Mudbox

Autodesk Maya

Autodesk Maya

Mari

Mari

Maxon Cinema4D

Maxon Cinema4D

Vray

Vray

Mental Ray

Mental Ray

Keyshot

Keyshot

HDR Light Studio

HDR Light Studio

PTGui

PTGui

AutoPano Pro

AutoPano Pro

E-on Vue

E-on Vue

3D Coat

3D Coat

Adobe Creative Design Suite

Adobe Creative Design Suite

Adobe After Effects

Adobe After Effects

Final Cut Pro

Final Cut Pro

Adobe Premiere

Adobe Premiere

Foundry Nuke

Foundry Nuke

Autodesk Combustion

Autodesk Combustion

 

 

 

 

 

 


Capturing Emotions

Capturing Emotions

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Revelation – The Fallen Angels ©

Revelation – The Fallen Angels ©

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Jane and the Dragon

Jane and the Dragon

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WotWots

WotWots

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Branding Creative Technologies ~ Motion Graphics

Branding Creative Technologies ~ Motion Graphics

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Studio Supervison at Creative Technologies ~ AUT

Studio Supervison at Creative Technologies ~ AUT

Motion Capture pipeline with Kinect ~ Creative Technolog...
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Students’ Showcase

Students’ Showcase

 3D Matte Painting I introduced our new 3D matte pa...
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Sculpting Workshop at AUT

Sculpting Workshop at AUT

Sculpting and make-up special effects workshop I invi...
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Production Session with Film Students at AUT

Production Session with Film Students at AUT

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Photometric 3D

Photometric 3D

The objective of this 3D photometric experiment is to de...
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Saturated Film Production at Creative Technologies

Saturated Film Production at Creative Technologies

This is one of the short film projects I s...
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The Iraqi Children ~ Documentary Production

The Iraqi Children ~ Documentary Production

In early 2003, I applied for a visitor’s visa to Iraq. I...
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The Little Creatures

The Little Creatures

Little Creatures is a fantasy short feature animation th...
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Visual Effects Supervision at Huhu Studios

Visual Effects Supervision at Huhu Studios

My work at Huhu Studios involves creative supervision fo...
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Huhu Studios | Promenade Pictures

Huhu Studios | Promenade Pictures

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