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Julia Tortolani

Julia Tortolani

Julia Tortolani is a commercial director at Wild Brain, Inc., an animation studio located in San Francisco, California. Her recent projects at the studio include a hip new television/Internet show for the female-focused Oxygen Media Networks and the latest national commercial campaign for Nabisco's Ritz. Tortolani has directed commercials for Midas, Mattel, and Parfums de Couer as well as station ID's for Noggin' Network.

Tortolani came to Wild Brain from @Radical Media in New York City where her directing credits included a 90-second trailer for Nike NYC Basketball that received the Ad Age Animation of the Year Award, ten commercials for Coca-Cola and an array of spots for Microsoft, Ford and Hardee's. Her longer format animation work includes a 55-minute animated program installed with a synchronized light show and surround sound mix at Universal Studio's Marvel Mania Theme Restaurant in Hollywood.

Tortolani holds a degree in geology from the University of Vermont. Her artistic career began at Vanguard Media, a small New York-based animation studio, where she worked her way through a second degree at the Parsons School of Design. In 1996, Julia became an associate professor of motion graphics at New York University.


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