Paint and Roto Supervisor, Compositor, 3D generalist and all-around graphics and design utility infielder.
The Summary is--Fast learner with a demonstrated talent for creativity, management, and adaptability to a rapidly changing work environment, with proven record of success.Detail oriented.
But I'm more than that.   I'm a team player and a problem solver.I like implementing good ideas as much as I like brainstorming them.I like figuring out how to make things better.
20 years of production and post experience, leading groups as big as 80 people across 4 countries, evaluating, training, and managing them to be a high-performance, problem-solving, cost-effective force, while keeping high morale.   Consistently working to improve workflows and output.
Tackling challenges alone or as a group, to realize or implement a client's creative vision within the constraints of the schedule and budget.   Looking for every opportunity to "plus" a job creatively, whether it be developing new graphic and design looks for a job or writing scripts and marketing copy.
Behind-the-scenes knowledge in setup, pipelines and systems challenges, from scheduling labor and shot bidding, to SQL databases and asset management, picking up whatever knowledge is needed to complete the new task at hand.   Even if it means *developing* new solutions myself.
I've worked 10 years as a 3D Generalist on everything from OS install videos to features.   I composited for a few years on features before moving into 7 years of straight supervision.   I've previously done, on-set supervision, video production and editing.   I've devoted myself to post, 3D and VFX since college, with almost 15 years at a world class Visual Effects facility, Rhythm and Hues.   (I was a History major in college, BTW.)
I've trained teams overseas, and regularly interface with international divisions.   I evaluate working methods, production pipelines and software for future use.   All of those skills work not only for Visual Effects, but a wide variety of fields.   And the ability to properly and concisely communicate applies everywhere.
I've worked by myself and in large teams, and I can take direction as well as give it.
Aside from spending the last 7 years supervising Paint and Roto for Rhythm and Hues Studios, I do a lot of other creative projects to keep my skills up.   I do a lot of 2D design work, from websites to physical products.   It allows me to learn new things, in a creative outlet that crosses over with all the skills I already have.
Expanding the boundaries of what I can do I think is critical for future-proofing myself.   Need to make a patch; better learn about minimum embroidery widths.   Website needs 1000s of people to log in for custom downloads; better learn some php scripting.   Want T-Shirts with user resizeable and customizable images; better be really familiar with SVG and vector art.   You can't be well rounded enough!
The Thrilling Adventure Hour Website
Website with integrated Tumblr, RSS and Twitter feeds, and back end password area for digital Kickstarter downloads.
T-Shirt designs for my T-Shirt website cbbdesigns.spreadshirt.com
And if you're thinking, "Well, he doesn't know X," I can learn it.   Quickly.   I decided I needed this site on Monday, and I'm finishing it on Wednesday.   Did I do every last letter of code myself from scratch?   Knowing what to do yourself and what to capitalize on from others' good ideas is kinda important, don't you think?
If I could be proficient in Rhythm and Hues' legions of proprietary software and workflow, I can learn *anything*.   Not a boast, but a promise to do my best.   And then we can talk about how best to improve your workflows next.
I'm a fan of starting with a good foundation and building on it. (Like this website.)
"Hard sell.   Does the guy do anything else?"   Sure!   Love sci-fi.   Star Wars got me interested in Visual Effects.   I love to walk around Disneyland, even by myself, learning about theming and pre-show entertainment.   I love to see the mechanics of how rides work.   I still read comic books.   I love The Venture Bros.   I've been to Petra, Ankor Wat and Nepal.
I *need* to go back to Japan and just take photos of everything.   I think Matt Smith is a great Doctor.   I have 3 great kids, and I love building LEGO sets with them.   We all watch "How It's Made" together.   My wife is way smarter than me, if you're looking for an MBA with marketing and telecom experience.   She's also better at any first-person shooter.
Team Management (Including Excel and Word!)
Compositing (Nuke/Digial Fusion ages ago)
2D Software (Inkscape/Gimp/Photoshop)
3D Layout and Lighting (LightWave/Maya)
Web Design and Coding (HTML/CSS/PHP)
Paint and Roto (Yes, I still do that sometimes too.)
I'm capable of a lot when given the opportunity.
Yeah, this is pretty sales-y.   Not because I think I'm the greatest thing ever, but because I think my best work is still to come.   I can help design the next great theme park ride.   I can lead the next paint team on that Oscar winner.   I can design that next merchandise line.   I can still do much more.
I'd love to talk to you about what I can do on YOUR team.   How I can get up to speed and really make things better for you.   Just drop me a line and let's talk.   Please? And thanks for reading all the way down to here.
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