Designer in Many Disciplines.
I see design, whether Architectural or Engineering; to be natural in form AND function. When we take our considerations and our references from nature, we have boundless opportunities to make amazing discoveries in our designs and applications.
Inspired by nature, science, and design with an artistic flair.
Hi, I’m Brian.
Growing up in Southern California the outdoors was my playground. A natural water baby in pools and the ocean. I grew up loving nature and the science of nature. I used this curiosity and brought it into the arts through TV and film. After nearly 15 years in the entertainment industry, I decided to change the dial and focus my energy on the creation of real products, real landscapes and compositions.
Virtually under the cloak of COVID, I was able to go back to school attending Glendale Community College. Not only achieving an Associates of Science in Engineering Technology and making Dean’s List all semesters but nearly double majoring with the additional supplemental classes in Architecture.
This pursuit for excellence is only in its infancy. I desire to change the way we look at design in our daily lives. How we interpret architecture as much as we embrace the next new designer product. What will be in mind is our environment and how the design resonates with ideas of green and sustainability.
My entrance into this new space has allowed me to work with Biomimicry LA and The Glendale Historical Society in independent ideas of conservation. My assistance was given to Biomimicry LA in the form of research assistance in developing a city initiative to restore post-industrial areas back to livable spaces. Working with The Glendale Historical Society, I was able to design detailed PDFs of historical properties as part of an overall collection and organization of property listings. Contributed to the Doctor’s House documentary with behind-the-scenes (BTS) photography and video as well as creating style templates for post-production graphics.
Looking to the future, the possibilities are endless with the abilities to make sustainable change while creating mind-blowing products and stunning architecture.
If you’re still interested in knowing what I was doing for the last 12 years in the entertainment industry, here’s a summary.
12+ years as a VFX artist:
Compositor, 3D Modeling (Maya), Lighting, Photo Retoucher, TV, Film, commercials, interstitials, advertising/marketing, magazine, and education.
Career encapsulates 3D animator for PBS, Stereoscopic Compositor for Harry Potter (as well as many other films), VFX TD for Warner Bros. Animation, Retoucher for 3 Satellite Magazine Issues & High End Clients as well as Onset VFX Supervisor on many independent projects.
Interim College Professor. Teaching digital lighting and VFX, Created instructional manuals to private clients, worked onset within many roles of production.
Retouched catalog and website photography for high-end clients under strict deadlines. Troubleshooting/coding/decoding basic HTML code, overseeing logistics and installations on multiple projects, data entry, artist files and day to day operations. Social Media content creation was always in the works.
Proficient in computer rendering/creative programs: SolidWorks, Revit, SketchUp, AutoCAD, 3D Studio Max, TwinMotion, Maya, Mocha, Nuke, Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, After Effects, Lightroom, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere).
Other Journeys & Adventures
I’ve always been one to be fascinated with the world around us. How everything works and how it works together. From how does a car work and how do you fix it to why is the ocean blue and how does it change colors? The world just makes more sense when you know why and how.
Well to find out the answers, they must be researched but not all answers are best found in books. They are found by doing, failing and trying again (and again and again). Besides, I don’t know about you but I learn best by doing.
So here’s a list of what I’ve done that doesn’t fit into the nice fruit bowl of VFX…
Studied to be a Marine Biologist or Oceanographer (undecided, withdrew 2nd year)
Learned Corel Draw / Photopaint in 1992 (first experience with clip art, vectors, and photo manipulation)
Automotive General Mechanic (garage mechanic since I was 15, 3 years as a job)
Oil changes, tire rotations, basic automotive upkeep
General 100K mile part replacements
Pizza Hut Customer Service Rep. Yea I was the guy that made sure your order was right every time.
Stocker/Customer Service Rep & CSM in training for Office Retail
Earning an achievement of largest 1-day sale of office furniture ($8,000.00 pre-tax)
Running the front end (opening and closing)
Knew every product in inventory and how it was used
Overnight Mass Receive Forklift Driver for Lowes
Hired to do mass receiving for a newly opening store
Worked 16-hour shifts offloading 60’ trailers
Stocked Hardware Plumbing Top Stocks (3 stories off the ground)
Vinyl Sign Installer
Installed vinyl on all kinds of materials and substrates
Installed Illuminating Signs 3 stories off the ground with just a simple extension ladder
Vinyl wrapped cars and taxis
Installed construction site “V” signs (hole digging, concrete, tamper-proof screws and lots of labor)
Bouncer and Head of Security
Bouncer & Head of Security for 3 years at multiple bars in Savannah, GA
Ran my own private security company in college.
Worked in the Georgia summer heat w/o fans or AC
Offloaded 60’ trailers of fans (oh the irony)
Worked onset for a couple of music videos
Head PA for Sketchers Commercial
DIT for a Meghan Trainor video
Onset graphic designer for Lana Del Rey music video
Security Guard for Kaskade