Now this is the story all about how
My career got started, turned upside down
And I'd like to take a minute just sit right there
I'll tell you how I became an atd who rarely gets fresh air
In Napier New Zealand born and raised
On the playground where I spent most of my days
Chilling out, maxing, relaxing all cool
And all playing some video games sometimes after school
When a couple of guys, who made a hobbit movie really good
Started making movies in my neighbourhood
I signed up for a course and my mom got scared
And said "I'm going to make movies but I'll still be near"
I learned Maya and Photoshop and then it got real
Weta came calling and I got myself a deal
If anything I could say that I thought I would go nowhere
But I thought nah, forget it, I'll be a millionaire!
I pulled up to Weta about seven or eight
And I yelled to the world "I'm home smell you later!"
Looked at my cubicle I was finally there
To sit on my throne as the atd extroadinaire
On a more serious note:
Born and raised in Napier, New Zealand, I moved down to Wellington to study 3d animation.I've been working for over 5 years professionally now in a range of 3d disciplines, animation initially, but I've since moved into other areas such as lighting, shading, rendering, and dynamics. I also like to mess around with scripting and that's an area I really want to push into in the future.
I've worked with/for a number a companies in the Wellington area during my time working, this has mainly been with my company Polytronik (www.polytronik.co.nz), doing work for clients, working with larger companies, and doing collaborations. My current position is at Weta Digital as an assistant technical director in the shots department.
My primary 3d package is Autodesk Maya, but I like to complement this with other software such as Realflow, Nuke, Vue, Houdini, 3ds Max, and anything else I can get my hands on. I'm also fairly competent with the Adobe software, such as Photoshop (who isn't?), After Effects, Flash, Dreamweaver, and Premiere.
I've also worked on the side as a web developer throughout my time working as a 3d artist, it was only ever intended as a hobby, but grew to the point where I could do professional web sites. Contact me if you would like a quote on a website, I can provide a range of different options, my main area is Flash, but I can also do php and cms based sites.
Like most people I enjoy all forms of entertainment, movies, music, reading, video games etc, though movies would have to be the area I see myself working in in the future, my 3d work thus far is all leading to that area. I also am a keen martial artist, I have a 1st degree black belt in WTF Taekwondo (that's World Taekwondo Federation, not the internet slang), have competed nationally and have a number of medals, unfortunately work has seriously hindered my tkd time, and while I may not be training consistently, tkd is something I don't ever see myself giving up.
That's enough about me for now, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for any further information.