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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.
Video CoPilot Element & Optical Flares
This is a sampling of the headshots from the Dodgers' 2020 season. 2020 was to have been our first All-Star Game since 1980. We designed our look to go with the ASG theme and then...Covid hit.
In fact, we shot these on the day that the NBA shut down. Everything changed from there on. We had to ditch the ASG look with the hope of bringing it back in some form in 2022 when we get to host the game again.
It was very disappointing but we did end up using them at our home games (to no crowds) but then they were shown in Texas for the postseason (with crowds) so although still disappointing, I guess it could have been worse.