C.G.I Class

Gabriel Teo
CGI501 Professional Practice

Gabriel Teo is Principle Programme Manager at Nelson-Marlborough Institute of Technology in Nelson, New Zealand. He headed the Digital Media and Animation Department at New York Institute of Technology’s Beijing campus and developed the Visual Effects department at SCAD Hong Kong. In October 2014, he earned the Master of Animation accreditation through the recommendation of Huhu Studios, which now extends throughout Asia. Gabriel, originally from Singapore, has 20 years of global industry experience working in major film and game studios. In 2001 he headed the cinematic department at a game development studio in Dubai Media City and founded an animation studio in 2003 in Dubai with Disney Channel ME as his primary client. He became compositor for Weta Productions in 2005 before teaching at Auckland University of Technology, lecturing and heading the animation and moving image departments. As head of Media Research and Development at Huhu Studios in Auckland, he supervised visual effects for Noah’s Ark, as well as developed collaborative cloud technologies for games’ cinematic production. He is actively traveling between the United States, Asia, and New Zealand to foster studio project collaborations and international student exchange programs. Gabriel is also appointed as the Visual Effects and Animation VR/AR Advisor and CTO at Shaanxi Innovation Hub, the largest entertainment media facility in Xi'an, China.

Klaas Breukel
CGI502 3D Modelling 1, T1-19 & CGI503 Rigging and Animation

NMIT Creative Industries tutor Klaasz Breukel is a graphic designer and visual artist. After graduating with a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts (Utrecht School of the Arts) in 1999, Klaasz established a successful design studio in Amsterdam the Netherlands, the city where he was born and raised. In 2009 Klaasz moved to New Zealand with his partner and young children, continuing to run the business while exploring a new lifestyle in sunny Nelson. With over 10 years’ experience as a designer and art director Klaasz continues to work for a wide range of local and overseas clients alongside teaching at NMIT. Klaasz is also a keen video performance artist (VJ) and has been providing live visuals at numerous national and international gigs and festivals. Klaasz enjoys initiating art projects, has extensive knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite software and is a dedicated tutor who is very passionate about visual communication and graphic design.

Neil Benson
CGI504 Dynamic Effects & CGI505 Lighting and Post-production

Neil lectures network infrastructure on the following courses: The Bachelor of Information Technology, Diploma Courses and on the Certificate in IT and Service & Support.