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I have been a motion graphics designer for longer than I care to admit. I went to school for graphic design but my static graphics always moved in my head and it was frustrating. But then I was introduced to After Effects and 3D and my whole world changed.
As I've gotten older, I appreciate my graphic design background but feel very lucky to be able to do what I do and get paid for it. Currently, I am the Senior Motion Graphics Designer for the Los Angeles Dodgers. I've been with the team for over 10 years and although it can be kind of an odd place for a designer, it really suits me.
I get to wear many hats...2D animator, 3D generalist, writer, director, character animator, sound editor...I love that I don't just do one thing. I look forward to coming to work every day and I'm guessing not too many people can say that.
I find inspiration from music, movies and sports. I've been listening to Grimes, Chvrches, The Joy Formidable and a lot of EDM lately. I'm a Pixar snob, a David Lynch apologist and I'm a sucker for anything that has the word "Star" or "Wars" in the title. Besides baseball, I love soccer. Played it, coach it and watch it. And I've been known to snowboard when the white stuff falls from the sky in the colder parts of the year.
The "punk" in monkeypunk is not necessarily mohawk inspired but a DIY attitude I've had since I was a kid. I'm a hard worker and I sweat the small stuff. Punk is more of a mindset than fashion, to me.
I occasionally do outside projects but the Dodgers keep me busy. My work is varied enough that I don't feel the need to look elsewhere for creatiive satisfaction but if you like what you see here and feel I can help you out on a project, let's talk. I'm completely booked from February to April each year but other than that, I can be tempted by outside projects.
Video CoPilot Element & Optical Flares
This reel is a culmination of my past and present work with the Los Angeles Dodgers, where I serve as their Senior Motion Graphics Designer.
There is some outside freelance work sprinkled amongst the Dodger projects but the team keeps me pretty busy year round so my freelance work opportunities suffer a little bit. I'm not complaining.
Virtually every shot is created by myself; which includes conceptualization, art/creative direction, 2D/3D animation, 3D modeling, sound design, editing and anything else needed to get the job done. If I worked on a team for a certain project, I will note that on the individual project(s) below.
I work primarily in Cinema 4D and After Effects. C4D is my jam and I feel more comfortable working in 3D but C4D and AE are so integrated now, that the two are almost seamless and I can't live without either one.
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