Stephen Sayer is a visual effects artist from Toronto, Canada. He works in the dynamics department at Soho VFX, a studio specializing in photo-realistic visual effects for film and television. Before joining the team at Soho, he worked on contract for various other studios in the city, and for his own CG animation and illustration company. Though he originally studied Classical Animation at Sheridan College, Steve always knew his future was in 3D. He learned Maya independently while working as a freelancer. He also attended Trent University, where his studies included undergraduate physics, a field he would eventually find highly relevant to the dynamics-related work he would be doing for Soho. Steve has also been working as an instructor for many years. He has taught for The Art Institute of Toronto, Max the Mutt Animation School, and his alma mater, Sheridan. His teaching career has included Maya-specific courses covering modelling, animation, rigging, lighting, and dynamics, ranging from the introductory level up to the post-graduate. Steve is an expert user of Maya's dynamics tools, including cloth, fluid, and particle effects.