Work Experience

Senior motion graphic designer / September 2008 – Present / e.tv - Television broadcaster

Channel identity and promo production for the broadcaster

Managing the creative and technical output of a 10 person team

Involved in planning and implementation of massive expansion from 1 to 7 channels and SD to HD

Responsible for design and execution of 7+ channel identities

Special focus on budgets, workflows, training and project planning

Art direction and creation of 3D & 2D animation, compositing and grading of program promos

Designed and implemented new Orad on-air graphics system

Motion graphic designer / 2008 - 2012 / e.tv - Television broadcaster

Responsible for design and execution of channel identity and promos on the channel

3D & 2D animation, compositing and grading were the main areas of focus

Promoted to senior motion graphic designer

 

Lead graphic designer-art director / July 2003 – August 2008 / Arqiva (Formerly Inmedia) - Studio and production facilities

Head up graphics department

Liaise closely with clients and other studio divisions to manage output

Manage jobs from concept to delivery and billing

Art direct all graphic output for studios

 

Motion graphics designer / April 2002 - July 2003 / Gamer.tv - Production company focused on computer and video games content

Designed and created graphics packages for television series and features

Manage jobs from concept to delivery, often in small teams

Met day to day needs of TV and web departments

 

Motion graphics designer for sports channel / March 2001 - January 2002 / NOW TV - Broadband and cable broadcaster

Designed and managed sports identity package

Created intros/stings/break bumpers for inserts and features

Met day to day graphic needs of sports channel

 

Senior animator- designer – contract position / October 2000 - January 2001 / Atomic Visual Effects

Worked on M-net (satellite broadcaster) re branding campaign

Worked principally as an animator

Involved in pre-production and process set-up

 

Freelancer / May 2000- September 2000

Vuka Awards finalist. Created a public service commercial

Creating my own short films and commercials, Intensive studying programme

NTVA Western Cape Chairman, Stone Awards Co-ordinator

Regular columnist for NTVA Magazine, Occasional feature articles and cover pictures

 

Senior motion graphic designer / January 1997 - April 2000 / Libravision - Full service video production facility

Senior broadcast designer/graphics room head

Created animations for commercials and corporate videos

Involved from conception to creation, modelling, texturing, animating and compositing

Worked closely with graphics team and editors/directors 

Built and maintained workstations in graphics and editing rooms

 

Primary Design Tools

3D programs - Cinema 4D, Blender

Adobe tools - After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro

Live graphic systems - Orad 3Designer, Orad 3Dplay

Programming - Javascript, Applescript, Python

Environments - Windows OS, Mac OS, Linux OS

Legacy Design Tools

3ds Max, Lightwave, Orad VR sets, Quantel Paint Box, Aston, Amiga system and it's tools

Formal Education

1993 - Advertising and Marketing Diploma (Honours), AAA School of Advertising

1993 - International Diploma in Advertising, International Association of Advertising

1990 - Marketing and Business Management Diploma, Damelin Business School

1989 - Graduated Muizenberg High School with matric exemption

Awards

2009 -  Silver Promax 'Africa', Best typography Design for e.tv March Channel Generic

2002 -  Finalist in Rushes Soho Shorts Festival for ’10 Play’ graphics package

2000 -  Finalist in MultiChoice Vuka Awards, newcomer category

1996 - NTVA Avanti Bronze Award, student/novice category, for my show reel

1993 - Distinction for my thesis on ‘Interactive Advertising’ at AAA School of Advertising

Personal note

The visual medium enthrals me like no other. Specifically I have a passion for design, animation, film and games. I find they are perfect blend of technical and creative skills. I started playing with computers in 1980 with the Apple II. Lots of gaming and some programming transpired all the way through my Vic 20, C-64 and Atari ST. 

My design interest started on the Amiga in 1991, teaching myself the basics. Initially working as a freelancer in 1993, I then started full time work and have not looked back since. I really enjoy working in a team and have been fortunate to have worked with some really talented and engaging people. 

I have created work in areas of motion graphics design, technical animation, compositing, visual effects, set/environments and character animation amongst others. I am a specialist in a wide variety of areas, with a working knowledge and interest of production fields outside of broadcast design.

Over the last decade, I have had an increasing interest in open source design tools. Apart from experimenting in my on capacity, I have successfully integrated open source tools into e.tv’s tool chain after getting Board approval.

Education has also become a passion of mine. I have run Blender workshops at schools and at work. I am constantly analysing the best methods to pass knowledge on in informal and formal environments.