Ashley Gerst is a 2D and 3D animator living in Brooklyn NY. She holds a BFA in Digital Arts from Cleveland Institute of Art and an MFA in Computer Art from School of Visual Arts.
In addition to her professorial work at William Paterson, Ashley is a freelance animator working for a variety of production companies and clients in the Greater New York City area. She has created animation and VFX for broadcast commercials, TV shows, and documentaries for AMC, VH1, and BET. Some of her clients include Fast Company, Behance, Credit Suisse, Nivea, Nissan, Afrin, Red Bull, Hudson Media, CBS, Nurturing Press, iNomadics, Redwood Living and more.
Ashley Gerst was also responsible for animating the title sequence for the 2018 feature film 'The Con is On'. The film, distributed by Grindhouse/Lionsgate, is a heist comedy directed by James Haslam and stars Uma Thurman and Tim Roth.
She is currently finishing an animated short film titled the Spirit Seam. The film, taking place in 1952, follows a little girl named Pollywog and her PapPaw as they experience daily life in a small coal mining town in Appalachia. The final project combines a mixture of mediums: 3D animated character, 2D animated effects, and physically constructed sets. The sets were created with a combination of 3D printing, fiber arts, and carved sculpture.
The Spirit Seam's concept art and set construction has been featured in the article “Explore the World of Fine-Art Animation” in Professional Artist Magazine's December/January 2017-2018 issue. The sets and embroidery for the film were also in a solo show at Misbits Gallery in 2018 in Oxford Mississippi.
Other animated films created by Ashley Gerst have been screened nationally in several film festivals including Dam Short Film Festival, Tucson Slow Food and Film Festival, Standing Rock Film Festival (Third Place Award). Her films have also been exhibited in the Cleveland Museum of Art and featured in Cleveland's local newspaper: The Plain Dealer, LA Weekly and Makezine.
  • Animator (1 Credit)
    The Spirit Seam2019
    Animation
  • Writer (1 Credit)
    The Spirit Seam2019
    Animation
  • Director (1 Credit)
    The Spirit Seam2019
    Animation
Official Selection
The Spirit Seam
KinoDUEL International Film Festival
Minsk
2019
Official Selection
The Spirit Seam
WRPN Women's International Film Festival
Nassau, DE
2019
Official Selection
The Spirit Seam
Sunrise Film Festival
River John, Nova Scotia
2019
Official Selection
The Spirit Seam
Feedback Animation Film and Screenplay Festival
2019
Official Selection
The Spirit Seam
Depth of Field International Film Festival
Nassau, DE
2019
Official Selection
The Spirit Seam
Northeast Mountain Film Festival
Dillard House, GA
2019
Official Selection
The Spirit Seam
Smoky Mountain Film Festival
Gatlinburg, TN
2019
Official Selection
The Spirit Seam
CoSM Women's Visionary Film Symposium
Wappingers Falls, NY
2019
Official Selection
The Spirit Seam
Flying Broom International Women's Film Festival
Ankara
2019
Official Selection
The Spirit Seam
Tampa Bay Film Society's Movie Showcase
Tampa, FL
2019
Official Selection
The Spirit Seam
New Haven International Film festival
New Haven, CT
2019
Official Selection
The Spirit Seam
Philadelphia Independent Film Festival
Philadelphia, PA
2019
Official Selection
The Spirit Seam
Festival de Cine Oro Negro
Nanchital, Veracruz
2019
Official Selection
The Spirit Seam
The West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival
Morgantown, WV
2019
Finalist
The Spirit Seam
Canton Film Fest
Canton, OH
2019
Official Selection
The Spirit Seam
Monadnock International Film Festival
Keene, NH
2019
Official Selection
The Spirit Seam
Ozark Foothills Film Fest
Batesville
2019
Finalist
The Spirit Seam
Ridgewood Guild International Film Festival
Ridgewood, NJ
2019
Finalist
The Spirit Seam
Khem Animation Film Festival
Woodbridge, NJ
2019
Finalist
The Spirit Seam
Mountain Tales Film Festival
Enterprise, AL
2019
Best Animation
The Spirit Seam
South Film and Arts Academy Festival
Rancagua, O'Higgens
2019
Official Selection
The Spirit Seam
New York Film Tuesdays
Brooklyn, NY
2019
Finalist
The Spirit Seam
UPIKE Film and Media Arts Festival
Pikesville, KY
2019
Official Selection
The Spirit Seam
Tupelo Film Festival
Tupelo, MS
2019
Official Selection
The Spirit Seam
Highway 61 Film Festival
Pine City, MN
2019
Official Selection
The Spirit Seam
WIFM Short Film Showcase
Pittsburgh, PA
2019
Official Selection
The Spirit Seam
Columbus International Film and Animatoni Festival
Columbus, OH
2019
Official Selection
The Spirit Seam
Boston Underground Film Festival
Boston, MA
2019
Official Selection
The Spirit Seam
HollyShorts Monthly Screenings
Los Angeles, California
2019
Award Winner: Best Professional Short Animated Film
The Spirit Seam
Mosaic Film Festival
Clarkston, GA
2019
Official Selection
The Spirit Seam
James Bond III Film Web / New Media Film Film Festival
Springfield, KY
2019
Official Selection
The Spirit Seam
Athens ANIMFEST
Athens, Greece
2019
Official Selection
The Spirit Seam
Colony Film Festival
Marietta, OH
2019
Official Selection
The Spirit Seam
Cinema Sisters Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
2019
Finalist
The Spirit Seam
Prison City Film Festival
Huntsville
2019
Official Selection
The Spirit Seam
Lost Sanity Film Festival
Hoboken, NJ
2019
Official Selection
The Spirit Seam
Berlin Lift Off Film Festival
Online Festival; Rentable Through Vimeo On Demand
2019
Best Animation
The Spirit Seam
Independent Talents Film Festival
2019
3rd Place Jury Award; 1st Place Audience Award
The Spirit Seam
Standing Rock Film Festival
Kent, Ohio
2019
Official Selection
The Spirit Seam
KWC Film Festival
Owensboro, KY
2019
Best Animation - January
The Spirit Seam
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College
Cleveland Institute of Art
Digital Arts
20022007
College
School of Visual Arts
Computer Art
20092011
Birth Date
September 14, 1984
Birth City
Cleveland
Current City
Brooklyn
Hometown
Cleveland
Height
4ft 10in
Gender
Female
Eye Color
Brown
Zodiac Sign
Virgo
Married To
Benjamin Morse
Children
0
"The only limitation in animation is the person doing it. Otherwise there is no limit to what you can do. And why shouldn't you do it?" - Emery Hawkins (Animator of Woody Woodpecker)
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