Elise Holst



Produce Digital Art Media for web, print, or screen
using Photoshop, Media Shout, After Effects, Drawing, HTML, InDesign, Maya 3D Animation, and other software


  • MFA 3D Animation and Visual Effects, Academy of Art University, 2004
  • Multimedia Production Certificate, UC Santa Cruz Extension, 1999
  • MS Computer Science, Santa Clara University, 1982
  • BS Computer Science, Iowa State University, 1975

    Work Experience

    Media and Publications at Bethel Lutheran Church in Cupertino, CA / Fall 2004-present

  • Create Media Shout scripts that are used to project images, video, animations, and text during Sunday morning services and Christmas Concerts. Create printed bulletins for church services. Create weekly emailed eNewsletter. Make minor edits and create announcement slides for Bethel Lutheran Church & School website.
  • Update online calendar for congregational events.
  • Create posters, banners, and postcards to advertise events. Create ads published in local newspapers and brochures.
  • Created imagery and layout for two church photo directories.
  • Prepare, create, select, purchase digital images, motion backgrounds, videos, short animations for media and publications.
  • Coordinate with Pastors, Worship Leaders, Staff, AV tech team and Congregation for all publications.
  • Use Photoshop, inDesign, After Effects, Drawing, HTML, and occasionally Maya 3D Animation.

    Freelance Projects / Fall 2009-present
  • Created five motion background movies in Photoshop and After Effects for Common Ground, a traveling performance choir, in 2009.
  • Created two digital images in Photoshop for a piano teacher website, in 2013.
  • Created program for a wedding ceremony, in 2017.

    Instructor for University of Advancing Technology Online (located in Arizona) / Spring 2009 (1 session)
  • Provided instruction to online students in 3D Modeling with Maya.

    Instructor for Art Institute Online (located in Pennsylvania) / Summer 2007-Spring 2008 (6 sessions)
  • Providing instruction to online students in Digital Art classes, using Photoshop and Maya.

    Teaching Assistant for Digital Media Academy at Stanford University, CA / Summers 2007,2008
  • Assisted instructors in Photoshop, Maya, and After Effects classes. Provided individual tutorial support to students.

    3D Art Instruction in San Mateo, CA / Summer 2004
  • Provided individual instruction in modeling, texturing, lighting, and animation in Maya, to create a short animation.

    Advanced Software Resources in Sunnyvale, CA / 1996 - 2001
  • Designed and developed a resource allocation server in C++ on Unix,
         for a distributed image management system.
  • Developed software for a Java graphical user interface.

    Advanced Technology Associates, Inc. in Mountain View, CA/ 1990 - 1996
  • Led the development of the preliminary software design of an orbit analysis workstation product on Unix/RS6000.
  • Performed quality assurance testing and demonstrated system functionality of an embedded orbit determination system running on SCO Unix PCs.
  • Presented data base and software detailed designs to customers.

    Link Flight Simulation in Sunnyvale, CA / 1977 - 1990
  • Led 3D modeling & effects software tools development for flight simulation applications, in Fortran on Vax.
  • Presented preliminary and detailed designs to customers.
  • Developed graphical user interface software, and 3D graphics tools for users (artists and pilots)to generate 3D models for flight simulation applications.


  • Prepared/created images and animations for "Daughters of the King," Bay Area Christian Women's Conferences in years 2006 & 2007.
  • Photography and Photoshop assistance for short film "Who Is A Daughter of the King?" shown at a conference in Cupertino, CA.
  • Motion Capture assistance in Michael Cole's "Hyper Alarm Dance," a 3 minute computer animated dance work. Public Screening at "West Wave Dance Festival" in SF 2002, and "Dance On Camera Festival" in NY 2003. Nominated for Jury Prize for Best Film.
  • Led "Alpha" religion discussion group in year 2000.
  • Stanford Art Museum (Cantor Art Center) Volunteer, Siggraph Volunteer .
  • Created Invitations for Mountain View High School Graduation 2003 Party. Painted large scenic backdrop for photo shoot used at the party.
  • Designed Tshirts and designed/created Programs for Los Altos Youth Theater 1998 "The Miracle Worker."
  • Designed/created Invitations, Mugs, Mousepads, Tshirts for Los Altos High School Graduation 1997 Party.
  • Superior Performance Award for "CacheServer" (a resource allocation server) software development.
  • Piano playing just for fun