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Hi, my name is Adam Katz and I'm a freelance digital artist with a strong technical background.

I have created content for film, television, interactive installations, and projection mapping.
This has been for Peter Rabbit, The Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and the Vivid and Beams festivals in Sydney among others.

My work experience covers a comprehensive range including Character FX, VFX, Character Animation, and Motion Graphics.

Additionally, I develop pipeline tools for a variety of projects. This include digital assets in Houdini and After Effects tools.

You can contact me at: Katz.Adam.R@Gmail.com
You can also reach me at LinkedIn


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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

ANIMAL LOGIC, Sydney, Australia 2017
A high end animated film production company
Character Effects Artist
  • Peter Rabbit (2018)
  • Character effects on hero and secondary characters
  • Cloth and fur simulaion setups
  • Tool creaion in Python
ACADEMY OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, Sydney, Australia 2013-2017
A higher and vocational education college
Senior Teacher
  • Oversaw all 3d subjects, Visual Effects, and uoion Graphics
Software Development and Projection Mapping
  • Wormhole Galaxy - Vivid 2016
  • Vital Spark - Beams 2016
  • Lightwell - Vivid 2015 (Winner 2015 APDG Interactive Design Award)
  • People Beats - Beams 2015
Experiments created for virtual and augmented reality
ILOURA, Melbourne, Australia 2016
A high end visual effects and animation film company
Two week secondment in Character Animation and Visual Effects departments
  • Worked in order to get upskilled and help create a new visual effects class for Academy of Information Technology
MODIO, San Francisco, California 2014-2017
A motion design studio
After Effects Tool Developer
  • Custom creation of After Effects pipeline tools
FREELANCE AFTER EFFECTS PIPELINE TOOLS, Aescripts.com 2012-2017
MADE IN KATANA, Sydney, Australia 2012-2013
A digital entertainment agency working with local and international clients
Lead Character Animator
  • 3d character animation for music videos
  • Animation of humans, animals, and robots
BIG TEN NETWORK, Chicago, Illinois 2010-2012
Internationally distributed television sports network covering one of America's premiere college sports conferences.
3d Generalist, Motion Graphics, Pipeline Tools Creation
  • Created graphics packages for long term shows and live productions
  • Developed pipeline tools for automating After Effects workflow
MATTHEW BYRNE FILMS, New Orleans, Louisiana 2012
Independent movie company
Head Graphic Artist
  • In charge of overall quality of all graphic elements
  • Created main titles, special effect shots, and compositing
RIVERS FOR CHANGE, Los Angeles, California 2012
A non-profit devoted to the protection and health of rivers and watersheds.
Motion Graphics Designer, Web Application Developer
  • Created animations to enhance promotional videos
  • Developed interactive web application
IMPROVITECTURE, Chicago, Illinois 2010-2012
Walking tours led by comedians.
Owner, Founder
  • Started and managed a walking tour company led by improvisational comedians in Chicago
TOWERS POST, INC., Chicago, Illinois 2005-2009, 2011
Produces programming for US and international TV networks.
3d Generalist, Motion Graphics Designer
  • Created content for: The Discovery Channel, The History Channel, National Geographic, The Weather Channel
  • Created stereoscopic 3d animations, including cleanup of 3d photos and compositing
  • Collaborated with a medical doctor to create accurate scientific animations
  • Created Renderfarm pipeline and tools for use in daily and final renders
ONE 6 PRODUCTIONS, Chicago, Illinois 2004
Documentary company
3d Generalist, Motion Graphics Designer
  • Modeled and animated a character for integration into live action footage
  • Composited different elements to make transitions and credits
MERCER, Chicago, Illinois 2003
Global leader for trusted HR and related financial advice, products, and services.
Motion Graphics Designer
  • Created interactive game show for corporate education
TOON RANCH, Chicago, Illinois 2002-2003
Animation company who made kids shows
3D Animator, Technical Director, Modeler
  • 3d rigging and animation for an animated television pilot
  • Developed pipeline tools for Lightwave renderfarm



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TECHNICAL SKILLS

3d Software
  • Houdini
  • Maya
  • 3d Studio Max
  • Cinema 4D
Compositing Software
  • Nuke
  • After Effects
Real Time Software
  • Unity
  • Touchdesigner
Programming/Scripting Languages
  • C#
  • Python
  • MEL
  • Maxscript
  • Extendscript
Render Software
  • Qube
  • DrQueue
Still Graphics and Editing Software
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • Premiere
Web
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • PHP
  • MySQL
  • Javascript
Operating Environments
  • PC
  • Mac
  • Linux



EDUCATION

  • B.A. with Honors, Film and Video
  • Concentration: Computer Animation
  • Columbia College, Chicago, Illinois 2004

REFERENCES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST