Alex Kline

Animation & VFX

Alex is a 2011 Animation & VFX graduate and he's currently an 3D Generalist/Designer at Sarofsky. We asked Alex a few questions about his current role and here's what he had to say!

What do you like most about working as a 3D Generalist/Designer at Sarofsky?​

There are many things I really enjoy working at Sarofsky, but if I had to nail down one, it'd be the diverse amount of opportunity there is.  I never know what "hat" I'll be wearing the next week whether it's 3d, compositing, designing, scripting, or learning a new tool.  It can be very challenging at times, but I enjoy it.  And being surrounded by very talented individuals has been an amazing experience. 

What piece of advice do you have for TFC candidates currently job searching?


Stay active in the community, continually challenge yourself to learn new things, and don't be shy or afraid to ask for advice.  Look around for meetups in your city relevant to your industry, this will give you exposure to the local community of artists.  A few that come to mind in Chicago are C4D, Nuke, and Houdini.  The technology for our industry is constantly changing and evolving.  Being able to adapt to new trends and software is a must.  That's not to say you have to have practical experience with every application, but just being "aware" of what else is out there can help going into a new challenge.  Lastly, don't be afraid to use your network for help and I don't mean just for job referrals.  There were a lot of things I learned after school regarding freelancing like day rates, challenging bids, and general networking.  Finding someone who has been in the industry and is willing to share their experience, as well as give you feedback, can be invaluable.


How did your experience at TFC help you join your industry? 

Tribeca Flashpoint gave me the exposure to the latest tools and workflows in my industry.  The environment they provided to collaborate and learn with fellow classmates has been applicable to working industry.

What would you look for if an opportunity to potentially hire TFC graduates come along?


In my experience representing Sarofsky at job fairs in Chicago.  It's always more impressive when a candidate is prepared and knowledgeable about the work a company produces, not just the recent work.  And bonus if they took the time to understand the type of company it is.  Most of the time, you can find out what's important to that company by checking the social media posts (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc).

What was your favorite thing about TFC?


I think the one thing I really appreciated was the culture at Tribeca Flashpoint.  Being surrounded by like-minded individuals, who were eager to learn and create something "cool". 

Name one thing that made you choose TFC over other colleges?


While the location was certainly one of the key factors, it was the school's very different approach to education for digital media arts that I found appealing.  Instead of a traditional 4-year school, they offered a two-year program with an exclusive focus on digital media arts.  And tailoring the gen-ed classes and curriculum to help bridge the disconnect between the relevancy of the class subject matter and our industry.  I'm glad I had the opportunity to experience the school in those early years and be surrounded by a talented group of instructors.

If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently?


Knowing what I know now, and if I had access to the number of online resources related to 3d/vfx.  I'd still attend a 2-year technical school and in addition, take online courses.  The school would provide a good foundation for familiarity with the industry and a network afterward.  The online classes would allow sharpening skills outside of the classroom as well as cover topics that were not covered in school.

Billy Montross


Billy is a 2012 Film graduate who was recently promoted to Editor by Cutters Studio. Check out the story by Screenmag below! 

Cutters Studios has promoted Billy Montross to editor the company announced this week, their latest promotion from within.

"Billy is a rare talent," said Cutters Partner/Editor Grant Güstafson. "He is an incredibly creative and instinctive editor with a very engaging and positive personality. This combination allows him to provide his clientele with beautifully nuanced edits while making the long hours working in the room extremely enjoyable and relaxed. He has been a great partner to me and I look forward to watching him thrive in this new role."

After beginning his career as a P.A. for Chicago-based director John Komnenich, Montross was soon introduced to Cutters editor Tom Brassil. Writing to Craig Duncan led to an internship in 2012, and by early 2013, Montross earned the role of assistant editor, supporting many of the Cutters editors and key clients, but primarily working with Güstafson. Rising as a highly respected creative who consistently earns high praise for his exceptional intelligence, problem solving abilities, teamwork and leadership, Montross has emerged as a client favorite with agency leaders from DDB, Leo Burnett, mcgarrybowen, Ogilvy and We Are Unlimited, among many others. His reel features work for Capital One, Esurance, Fairfield Inn and Suites, McDonald's, Oscar Mayer, Scotts, Spalding and Western Union.

"There's no better place for a young artist than Cutters," Montross began. "One of Cutters' greatest strengths is growing and cultivating young talent and giving them the tools to succeed.

"Personally," he continued, "I've been extremely fortunate to be Grant Gustafson's assistant for the better part of more than four years. Having one of the planet's best editors as a mentor is something any young editor would kill for, and I'm so grateful for the opportunities to learn from him and all the other premier talents at Cutters."

Regarding the unique growth opportunities at Cutters, Montross also nods to the experiences he gained in 2015 and 2016 working at Cutters Tokyo. There, he worked on projects for Jeep, McDonald's, Nissan and Suburu, all of which he said, "definitely made me into a more rounded editor." He also acknowledges Duncan for his leadership and guidance: "He has always been tough in pushing me to work harder and grow," he added.

Over the past few years, several agency creatives who have worked directly with Montross have made a point of calling out his strengths. His vocal supporters include two leaders from DDB Chicago: executive integrated producer Debora den Iseger, and associate creative director/writer Zach Bonnan. Den Iseger called out Montross as being solution-oriented, funny, kind, and a hard worker who showcases great creative taste, leadership and ownership… while Bonnan shared this insight.

"Billy brought so much to the 2017 'Bill's Yard' spot for Scotts," he said. "It's always a bit nerve-racking to watch a first cut, because you never know if the editor will get the feel, tone and story you're going for. Billy nailed it right off the bat. And as I worked more with him on this spot, it was clear that he's not the type of editor that just takes direction, he brings his own ideas, solves and voice to the work. Essentially, he has exactly what creatives want in an editor."

To view the reels for Montross and all the Cutters editors, please visit







If you wish to check out a laptop and/or power supply from the I.T. Department, you MUST LEAVE A FORM OF ID 

(such as a Driver's License or State ID) with the I.T. Department while you are borrowing a laptop and/or power supply.  This ID WILL BE RETURNED to you when you bring the equipment back to the I.T. Department.  



Please note that NO LAPTOPS AND/OR POWER SUPPLIES CAN BE CHECKED OUT WITHOUT LEAVING AN ID!!! There will be no exceptions to this policy.





Beginning this Fall, you MUST LEAVE A FORM OF ID (Driver's License or State ID) at the InfoCommons service desk if you wish to use the TV, Blu-Ray player, and/or one of the gaming systems in the InfoCommons (XBOX360, PS3, Wii). Your ID WILL BE RETURNED when you have returned all borrowed remotes and/or controllers.  




Roughly 50 years after their initial release, these classics remain relevant and compelling standouts among director Stanley Kubrick's relatively small but prolific catalog, each earning Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Director and Writing.

Based on the decidedly un-funny book "Red Alert" by Peter George, with working titles like "The Edge of Doom," "The Delicate Balance of Terror," "Wonderful Bomb," and "Dr. Doomsday or: How to Start World War III Without Even Trying," DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING A LOVE THE BOMB is Kubrick's timely satire chronicling the absurd sequence of events that send humankind hurdling toward nuclear annihilation. As U.S. and Soviet military officials with names like Turgidson, Guano, Kissoff, DeSadesky, and President Merkin Muffley (one of three roles brilliantly improvised by the legendary Peter Sellers) make laughably ill-advised attempts to curb the unchecked bombing orders of paranoid General Jack D. Ripper, only the counsel of a former Nazi named Dr. Strangelove seems to resonate in the War Room.

While shooting DR. STRANGELOVE co-writer Terry Southern shared with Kubrick the Anthony Burgess novel that would become his first solo screenplay, A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, one of the most highly rated, profitable and controversial films of the 1970s. The ultraviolent pursuits of Alex (Malcolm McDowell) and his fellow droogs in a subtly futuristic Britain result in his imprisonment and participation in a government-sanctioned experimental method of psychiatric treatment involving cinematic overexposure to triggering bleak imagery. Making use of the first ever vocoder, the synth-heavy score showcasing Ludwig van Beethoven and Gioachino Rossini creates a "real horrorshow" juxtaposition between high-brow art and low-life criminality, an ominously fitting soundtrack to a provocative story of aggression, redemption, revenge and manipulation.

Fun fact -- The actors who would go on to perform the vocal and physical roles of Darth Vader each make their big-screen debuts in these films, respectively: James Earl Jones as Lieutenant Lothar Zogg in DR. STRANGELOVE and David Prowse as Julian in A CLOCKWORK ORANGE. The two have never met in person.

TH/Cinema makes proud use of Thalia Hall's state-of-the-art sound and digital projection equipment with a full bar, candy, popcorn and plenty of seating available.

7:00pm - Doors

7:30pm - DR. STRANGELOVE (dir. Stanley Kubrick, 1964, 95 mins, PG)

9:15pm - A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (dir. Stanley Kubrick, 1971, 136 mins, R)

$5 advance / $9 at the door


Thursday, January 25, 2018

Doors at 7:00 PM CST


Thalia Hall

1807 South Allport Street

Chicago, IL 60608


RSVP now for this free evening event in Chicago on Thursday, January 18. AbelCine and Vitec are excited to present a lighting masterclass led by Pat Grosswendt, Lighting Director and co-founder of Litepanels. In this masterclass, Pat will discuss the latest in lighting technology and techniques. Using a camera, live monitor, and on-screen talent, he will work backwards to demonstrate, five-point, three-point, two-point and one-point lighting techniques for a complete understanding of what makes good lighting. There will also be ample time for Pat to demonstrate a few "How would I light?" scenarios as well as more audience Q&A.

After Pat's masterclass, please join us for a special tasting of Chicago whiskeys and networking time, where you will get a chance to meet and mingle with your fellow attendees.



6:00 - 6:30pm

Snacks will be served

6:30 - 7:30pm

Lighting Masterclass presented by Pat Grosswendt

7:30 - 8:00pm

Audience Q&A

8:00 - 9:00pm

Whiskey tasting and networking - appetizers will be served



Pat Grosswendt is a co-founder of Litepanels, a Vitec Group brand which pioneered Litepanels proprietary LED based daylight balanced, full spectrum professional lighting devices. He brings the company a wealth of hands-on lighting experience. His career as a lighting technician in Hollywood began in the early 1980s and continued until his first motion picture gaffing job on the feature The Crucible. Since then, Grosswendt has worked on numerous top motion pictures, television dramas, and commercials; his last feature as a gaffer was Gosford Park in 2002 with Director Robert Altman and Lighting Camerman Andrew Dunn. He remains a member in good standing with IATSE: Local 28, Hollywood Electricians as a 35-year member. As the past director of Litepanels’ Broadcast Division and Product Specialist, and as the current Senior Sales Specialist for Litepanels, he is still actively involved in the development of new Litepanels products. He has evangelized the concept and advantages of Litepanels’ LED lighting fixtures for film and television production, network sporting events and television news studios worldwide.


Thursday, January 18, 2018

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM CST


AbelCine / CHI

2602 West 16th Street

Chicago, IL 60608


In Kizuki, we are passionate on giving back to our community and we want to invite you to join us! Participate in our anime nights in January starting 01/02/2018.

  • Guests who make a charitable donation toward the designated foundation (We recommend $2 per guest) will be able to make a seating reservation during movie nights (Up to 10 reservations per event, rest of the seating is first come first serve with free admission).

  • We will take down your reservation based on your doaniton amoun (Example, $6 donation for a party of three)

  • 10% of the Dessert Sales will benefit a specific charitable foundation during the anime night.


Below is the movie night lineup and foundation partners for each week in January.


01/02 07:00 PM: Princess Mononoke

01/13 07:00 PM: Summer Wars

- Dreams for Kids


01/09 07:00 PM: Naruto Night

01/10 07:00 PM: Naruto Night

- Dreams for Kids


01/16 07:00 PM: Your Name

01/17 07:00 PM: Sailor Moon Movie

- Leave No Veterance Behind


01/23 07:00 PM: Howl's Moving Castle

01/24 07:00 PM: Inuyahshi Movie

- Leave No Veterance Behind


01/30 07:00 PM: Spirited Away

01/31 07:00 PM: Redline

- Leave No Veterance Behind


100% of your donation will go toward the designated foundation every week


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM CST


Kizuki Ramen and Izakaya Wicker Park

1482 North Milwaukee Avenue

Chicago, IL 60622


This course will teach you how to launch your business with $500 or less. If you have a great idea for a business but have no access to funding or think you need a million dollar loan to start it up, this course is for you. I launched my business, Guy Bauer Productions, while I was on unemployment - now we have 28 employees and an office in the Loop.

You'll learn:

-The easy and cheap way to test and launch a business
-How to pay $55 for a website - (my website cost me $55 and an afternoon to build it)
-How to appear big when you are really small
-How to sell to anyone
-How to build a remarkable brand
-How to get an advisor that knows the ins and outs of your business - for free!
-The top 5 business books to read after your class
-How to know when to quit your day job

We'll cover a lot more to list and I'll answer all of your burning business questions. If you're ready to get to work, let's do this!


About Guy Bauer

Guy Bauer’s love of video started way back in Middle School. Since then, he has accumulated an impressive line-up of credits, including Comedy Central, Travel Channel, KCBS-FM, WLUP-FM & WKQX-FM. In 2010, Mr. Bauer started Guy Bauer Productions, a video production firm specializing in corporate video.


Event attendees grant 2112 inc and its designees permission to utilize their image or likeness in connection with any live stream or recorded transmission or reproduction of the event, INCLUDING THE PROMOTION THEREOF, IN ALL MEDIA, WORLDWIDE AND IN PERPETUITY.


Thursday, January 18, 2018

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM CST


4245 N Knox Ave

4245 North Knox Avenue

Chicago, IL 60641


Knowing the basics of design is essential to entrepreneurs. Today's DIY culture makes it more accessible to create elements of your brand & promotional materials on your own, but it's important to understand the fundamentals of design and how to use the tools that can save you time & money.

Instructor: ARI KRZYZEK Co-owner of Chykalophia & Founder of Creative Women’s Co.

In this hands-on class you'll learn:

  • The Fundamentals of Design

  • Typography Pairing

  • Color Theory

  • Programs, Tools & Resources

About the teacher:
Co-founder, creative director and chief designer of Chykalophia, Ari Krzyzek implements powerful branding strategies to provide distinctive designs for maximum impact via web, mobile and/or print. Additionally, she founded and hosts Creative Women’s Co., serving as design consultant, mentor and professional peer in support of fellow female entrepreneurs.


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM CST



358 W. Ontario St


Chicago, IL 60654



Meet us on The Corner every Monday night for an intimate musical experience featuring a variety of Chicago's most innovative emerging artists. 


The night kicks off with an open mic hosted by Plus Sign


Open mic guidelines:

1. performances limited to 5 minutes or less

2. all musical performances must be done a capella or with the band (i.e. no backing tracks)

3. The Corner is an inclusive space and that means no racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, xenophobic or otherwise hateful or derogatory content




$5 || all ages 


The Corner is the multidisciplinary performance & open mic series that takes place in the corner of The Promontory every Monday night. We curate an eclectic and interactive night that seeks to build a community of artists across genre and identities. Follow us on IG at @thecornerseries


Monday, January 15, 2018

Doors at 7:00 PM CST


The Promontory

5311 South Lake Park Avenue West

Chicago, IL 60615


Now recruiting for clubs for Fall!

Feel free to let us know via email if you'd like to start your own club or join an existing club.

The more the merrier!







9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


28 N. Clark St. 

Suite 500 

Chicago, IL 60602


Students (Career Services)


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