Terrence Masson

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Terrence Masson
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Terrence Masson opening address as Conference Chair of ACM SIGGRAPH 2010 in Los Angeles, CA
Born (1966-09-20) September 20, 1966 (age 56)
Alma materUniversity of Massachusetts Lowell, William Paterson University
Occupation(s)Interactive media visionary, producer & educator, Founder and CEO of Building Conversation[1]
Years active1985 to present

Terrence Masson is a computer graphics educator, producer and lecturer, specializing in animation, storytelling and executive leadership. He is the chair of the MFA Computer Arts Department at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City.[2] He was also founder and CEO of Building Conversation,[1] an augmented reality company located in Boston, MA.[3] He was both the ACM SIGGRAPH 2006 Computer Animation Festival Chair and 2010 Conference Chair. He also wrote the widely acclaimed book CG 101: A Computer Graphics Industry Reference,[4][5] and has contributed to films, television programs and video games.


Masson graduated from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 1989 with a BFA in Graphic Design and a minor in Art History, followed by William Paterson University in 1990 with an MFA in Computer Animation.[6]


Masson was the Founder and CEO of Building Conversation, an augmented reality company serving the AEC[clarification needed] and real estate industries.[1]

He came up through the ranks with credits in approximately 20 feature films, including three Star Wars movies, Hook, True Lies and Interview with the Vampire. Masson began his own consulting company "Digital Fauxtography" in 1994, working as a Creative Producer, Director, and VFX Supervisor. He also single-handedly developed the original animation technique for South Park in 1996.[7]

Masson's interactive projects have included Siberia 2, Sim City 4, Batman: Dark Tomorrow, and Alter Echo and the Xbox launch title Bruce Lee: Quest of the Dragon. As an award-winning Director and Producer his short animated film Bunkie & Booboo won first place in the World Animation Celebration in 1998.[8] from Animation World Network. As Creative Producer, he consults with major production studios worldwide on creative development and pipeline efficiency. Masson has also served as an on-camera image analysis expert for the History Channel's Ancient Aliens and UFO Hunters.[7]

As Founding Director of Creative Industries at Northeastern University[9] in Boston (2008-2013), Masson oversaw seven combined majors in Game Design and Interactive Media as well as the Creative Industries minors. He is a longtime member of the Producers Guild of America, the Visual Effects Society and has been active in SIGGRAPH since 1988, as Outstanding Service Award Chair,[10] 2006 Computer Animation Festival Chair[11] and SIGGRAPH 2010 Conference Chair.[12][4][13]

Masson is a Master of Animation and Film Special Effects with the Beijing DeTao Masters Academy (DTMA),[14] a high-level, multi-disciplined, application-oriented higher education institution in Shanghai, China.






  • CG101: A Computer Graphics Industry Reference (1st ed.). New Riders Press. 1999. ISBN 978-0735700468.
  • CG101: A Computer Graphics Industry Reference (2nd ed.). Digital Fauxtography. 2007. ISBN 978-0977871001.[5]

Special venues[edit]

  • Luxor (ride film) (1993), Trumbull Co.
  • Mars Odyssey (ride film) (1995), Simex Digital Studios


  1. ^ a b c "Building Conversation". buildingconversation.com. Retrieved October 26, 2022.
  2. ^ Masson, Terrence (January 6, 2017). "SVA Names Masson as MFA Computer Art Chair". sva.edu. New York City: School of Visual Arts. Retrieved October 26, 2022.
  3. ^ "Terrence Masson". art.neu.edu. Archived January 16, 2011, at the Wayback Machine from Northeastern University. Retrieved 2011-01-26.
  4. ^ a b Desowitz, Bill (July 4, 2010). "Terrence Masson Talks SIGGRAPH 2010". Animation World Network. Retrieved January 26, 2011.
  5. ^ a b "CG100: (2nd edition) A Computer Graphics Industry Reference". CG101.com.
  6. ^ a b "Terrence Masson Bio". Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. Archived from the original on July 22, 2011. Retrieved January 26, 2011.
  7. ^ a b Linberger, Rachel (2007). "Multimedia Professor Turns Eye on UFOs". Northeastern University. Retrieved January 26, 2011.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ Kenyon, Heather (1998). "The World Animation Celebration: Pasadena's Festival". awn.com.
  9. ^ Masson, Terrence (January 30, 2012). "Northeastern University Creative Industries". Animation World Network.
  10. ^ "Outstanding Service Award Chair". siggraph.org. ACM SIGGRAPH.
  11. ^ "2006 Computer Animation Festival Chair". siggraph.org. ACM SIGGRAPH. 2006.
  12. ^ "SIGGRAPH 2010 Committee". siggraph.org. Archived from the original on November 18, 2016.
  13. ^ "Visual Effects Society Member List". visualeffectssociety.com. Visual Effects Society. Retrieved January 26, 2011.
  14. ^ Masson, Terrence. "DeTao Master of Animation and Film Special Effects". DeTao Group Masters Academy.
  15. ^ a b c d "Terrence Masson Developer Bio". MobyGames. Retrieved January 26, 2011.
  16. ^ Desowitz, Bill (May 13, 2009). "A Closer Look at UFO Hunters" from Animation World Network. Retrieved 2011-01-26.
  17. ^ "Season 4, Episode 8 – Ancient Aliens". history.com.[permanent dead link]

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