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Alex Dawson

Director, Animator, Screenwriter, Storyboard Artist, Visual Effects, Motion Graphics Designer, Cinematographer, Compositor, Editor, Sound designer

Great Britain , London

Current Work Details

What I do

Animator, Animation Director, Flash animation, Live Action Director, After Effects animation, Motion Graphics and Title Sequence Designer, Storyboard Artist, Concept Artist, Editor, Compositor, Illustrator, Documentary Filmmaker, Artist

Company

Carnival Figures Ltd

Website

http://www.carnivalfigures.com

Blog Feed

http://carnivalfigures.blogspot.com

Where I work

I run my own company or organisation

Technical Skills

After Effects, Flash, Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, Media 100, Avid, and (previously) linear editing packages. Live action direction of crew and actors, Green Screen filming of actors and products, experience using Sony HD, Panasonic HVX200 , Canon XL1 and Sony DV cameras, as well as (previously) various SVHS and VHS cameras, Photoshop image manipulation and After Effects compositing and animations, including title sequence animation of text, images and graphics. Character animation (Flash, 2D traditional, rostrum camera) Alex specialised in animation during his MSc in Electronic Imaging at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Dundee University. Previously Alex studied Film & Media (2.1 BA (Hons)) at Stirling University, where he also made a number of experimental short films, radio plays, sound compositions and radio journalism pieces.

Resources / Expertise

2D animation, Flash animation, 3D Animation, Motion Graphics, Camera and Lighting, Green Screen Filming, Direction of Actors and Crew, Photoshop artworker, After Effects animations, title sequence animations, Ident Designs and animations, compositing, Editing on Premiere Pro, Illustration ( combining digital and traditional media ) Design Web design

Availability

Paid Work or Collaboration

Training

1999-2000

Duncan of Jordanstone Dundee University,
MSc Electronic Imaging / Animation, Pg Dip Electronic Imaging / Animation

1993-1999

Stirling University,
Film & Media, 2.1 BA (Hons)

Shooters Q&A

Films I wish I had made

Mulholland Drive, Blue Velvet, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Bladerunner, Star Wars, Suspiria, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Phenomena, Beetlejuice, 2001 A Space Odyssey, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Don't Look Now, David Cronenberg, Videodrome, The Fly, Existenz, Jaws, The Muppet Movie, Planet Earth etc (D Attenborough docs), Back to the Future trilogy, Ghostbusters, Batman (1989), Vertigo, North by Northwest, Hitchcock, The Goonies, Ferris Bueller's Day off, Donny Darko, Woody Allen, Michelangelo Antonioni, Nausicaa of The Valley of the Wind, Princess Mononoke, The Big Lebowski, Being John Malkovich, The Graduate, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, Lost in Translation, The Shining, Dr Strangelove, Poltergeist, Superman trilogy, Mars Attacks!, Big Fish, Vincent, Edward Sissorhands, The Nightmare before Christmas, Batman Returns, Pleasantville, Beevis and Butthead Do America, The Incredibles, Juno, Hedgehog in the Fog, Mike Leigh, Naked, Happy-go-Lucky, Andrei Tarkovsky - Solaris, Rain, Jean Vigo, Jean Renoir, Georges Méliès, Dziga Vertov, Man with a Movie Camera, Salvador Dali, Luis Bunuel, Orson Wells

Directors I love

David Lynch, Wes Anderson, Alfred Hitchcock, Michelangelo Antonioni, Spike Jonze, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Hayao Miyazaki, Michel Gondry, Richard Linklater, Nicolas Roeg, Dario Argento, Ridley Scott...(see above)

My desert island discs

Brian Eno, David Bowie, The Cure, Lou Reed, The Velvet Underground, Pixies, Black Francis, Prince, Plastikman, Richie Hawtin, Plaid, Two Lone Swordsmen, Hardfloor, Susumu Yokota, Pete Namlook, Nick Cave, Boards of Canada, Future Sound of London, The Smiths, Depeche Mode, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Freddy Fresh, LFO, Adham Shaikh, Amon Tobin, Fuse, Gerd, the song 'Prince' by Global Goon, Luke Slater, Gotan Project, Johnny Cash, The Violent Femmes, Bauhaus, Love and Rockets, Daniel Ash, Tones on Tail, Peter Murphy, Mercury Rev, Echo and The Bunnymen, Ian McCulloch, The Beatles, Sun Electric, Harold Budd Higher Intelligence Agency, The Irresistible Force, Global Communication, Spacemen 3, Spectrum, Japan, Jedi Knights, Sonic Youth, Lenoard Cohen, Fleetwood Mac, Kraftwerk, Kruder& Dorfmeister, Janes Addiction, Manu Chao, Mercury Rev, Miles Davis, Mogwai, My Bloody Valantine, Pavement, Pentatonik, The Psychadelic Furs, Radioactive Man, Radiohead, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Ride, Robert Fripp, Robot Man, The Sabres of Paradise, Slam, Sonic Boom, Spectrum, Speedy J, Spiritualized, The Doors (especially 'Strange Days'), The Stanley Brothers, Stephan Micus, Steve Reich, The Stone Roses, The Strokes, The White Stripes, Sugarcubes, Syd Barrett, Technasia, The The, Theorem, Tortoise, Tosca, Toto, Vapourspace, Vincent Gallo, ...

Books I have given my friends

Italo Calvino, Neil Gaiman, Umberto Eco, Philip K. Dick (read v v slowly), 'Cyberia' Douglas Rushkoff, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S Thompson, Clive Barker, Edgar Allan Poe, Snr Shakespeare, Asterix, Kaz (comix), Ernest Lehman, M. R. James victorian ghost stories, Faery tales, Carlos Castaneda, R J Stewart, myths and magic, Lewis Carrol, Basho / Japanese Haiku, Brothers Grimm, Roald Dahl, Fungus the Bogeyman by Raymond Briggs, JD Salinger: 9 Stories, Haruki Murikami: The Wind Up Bird Chronicles, E Annie Proulx: Shipping News, Charles Bukowski: Factotum --- books on illustration / art, film, photography and animation. I love screenplays of my favorite films (recently, Charlie Kaufman)

My death row meal

something with advocado..?

The best thing I own

my collection of coloured pencils...my new mountain bike! ...

My Work & Credits

  • The Midnight Magician

    My role: Director / Animator / Editor / Sound Designer

    Format
    HD
    Production company
    Carnival Figures Ltd
    Category
    Animation
  • McQueen Puma Aut 07

    Format
    Digi-Beta
    Production company
    Carnival Figures Ltd
    Category
    Animation
  • McQueen Puma Spring 07

    Format
    Digi-Beta
    Production company
    Carnival Figures Ltd
    Category
    Animation
  • Puma Black Label Aut 08

    Format
    Digi-Beta
    Production company
    Carnival Figures Ltd
    Category
    Animation
  • 'Echaskech' Idents and Animations

    Format
    Digi-Beta
    Production company
    Carnival Figures Ltd
    Category
    Animation
  • McQueen Puma Aut 08

    Format
    unspecified
    Production company
    Carnival Figures Ltd
    Category
    Animation
  • 'The Hunchback and the Ladybird'

    Format
    Digi-Beta
    Production company
    Carnival Figures Ltd
    Category
    Animation
  • McQueen Puma Spring 08

    Format
    Digi-Beta
    Production company
    Carnival Figures Ltd
    Category
    Animation
  • Orange

    Format
    Digi-Beta
    Production company
    Carnival Figures Ltd
    Category
    Animation
  • AC/DC

    My role: Animator

    Format
    Digi-Beta
    Production company
    Carnival Figures Ltd
    Category
    Animation
  • Lenovo

    My role: Director

    Format
    Digi-Beta
    Production company
    Carnival Figures
    Category
    Animation
  • Preta Deal

    My role: Director

    Format
    Digi-Beta
    Production company
    Carnival Figures
    Category
    unspecified
  • Nike

    My role: Animation Director

    Format
    Digi-Beta
    Production company
    Carnival Figures
    Category
    unspecified
  • Once Apon a Time

    My role: Director

    Format
    HD
    Production company
    Carnival Figures
    Category
    Commercial

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