DON J. MYERS
West Hollywood, CA 90069  ' 

SKILLS

3D Animation/Lighting
I create photorealistic 3D animation for movies, TV and commercials using NewTek's Lightwave 3D. I do lighting, layout, key frame animation, character animatin/IK, particles, voxels and more while taking into account the specific limitations of film, video or digital media.  I've animated oceans, shoes, sharks, Xena's skeleton, Gotham City, fish, lizards, robots, spaceships, zero-G debris, ancient Egypt, Las Vegas on the moon, etc! I majored in helicopter crashes at sea with a minor in flotsam and jetsam.

3D Modeling/Texturing
I'm known for quickly and accurately modeling complex structures from photos without measurements, especially rigid bodies like machines and architecture, but I've also made my share of mummies and monsters. I use polygon, spline and algorithmic creation methods. Learning 3D on slow Amigas in the 1990s and working in interactive games taught me the importance of good looks with low poly counts and tileable textures. Nevertheless I most often work on extremely high poly film res scenes doing the tough stuff like storms at sea.

Compositing/2D Art/Animation
I composite my own shots using Digital Fusion and they are usually showstoppers. I often get to do openings that go on and on, a very exciting challenge! Someday I would like to create a shot that is 3 minutes long so it could be my entire demo reel! I am getting close as my opening to the WB TV show "Birds of Prey" was over a minute. I use Photoshop and Corel Painter to create backgrounds and seamless textures for characters and objects. My style incorporates great detail, realism and chiaroscuro.  It is more painterly and naturalistic than many, more antiseptic, computer artists.

Video Editing/Production
Since 2008 I've created hundreds of short subject videos for YouTube documenting the atrocities of the dying Church of Scientology.  Even six lawsuits from the Church have not prevented me from racking up 3.2 million views on one YouTube channel alone!  I shoot material, edit it and do all the graphics and sound. Some videos are comedies and street theater, other document Church abuses. I was never in the Cult, I just hate it.  And when I joined with some ex-Scientologists to make sit-down interview videos we started a Youtube channel "Surviving Scientology." This channel has several hundred thousand views as well and 15,000 subscribers.  The Church detested this work so much they made a hate video accusing my producer of being seventy year old prostitute.

Analog Media
I've drawn and painted since high school in the early 1980's using charcoal, colored pencil, pastels, pen, acrylic, egg tempera, and oils. I rarely use these any more since their undo function is poorly implemented (despite a great user interface). I'm good at highly textured and detailed organic images like landscapes and rocks. I stink at drawing people. But many famous artists are bad at drawing people. Adolph Hitler was.  Uh, he may not have been much of an artist but he WAS famous.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
You can see by my long list of studio features that I'm not one to screw around.  I have been on teams which have won both Emmys and VES awards.

PROJECTS HOUSE DUTIES
FEATURE FILMS
the librarians dvd  The Librarians - Season 1
(Turner Network Television)
Flash Film Works   3D modeling, animation and compositing 
HBO miniseries The Pacific
(Dreamworks/HBO - 2010)
Flash Film Works 3D modeling, animation and compositing Emmy Award winner
Sandra Bullock All About Steve
(Sony - 2009)
Flash Film Works 3D modeling, animation and compositing
daniel craig Defiance
(Paramount - 2008)
Flash Film Works 3D modeling and animation
Keanu Reeves Day The Earth Stood Still
(Fox - 2008)
Flash Film Works 3D modeling, animation and compositing
Leonardo Di Caprio Blood Diamond
(WB - 2006) (Uncred.)
Flash Film Works 2D compositing.
Kevin Costner The Guardian
(Disney - 2006)
Flash Film Works 3D modeling, animation and compositing.
Tommy Lee Jones Man of the House
(Sony - 2005)
Flash Film Works 2D compositing.
tom cruise The Last Samurai
(WB - 2003) (Uncred)
Flash Film Works 3D modeling, animation and compositing.
Shia Labeouf Holes
(Disney ' 2003)
Flash Film Works 3D modeling, animation and compositing. 
Eddie Murphy Adventures of Pluto Nash
(WB '2002)
Flash Film Works 3D modeling, animation and compositing.
Arnold Schwarzenegger Collateral Damage
(WB ' 2002) (Uncred)
Flash Film Works 3D modeling, animation and compositing.
Val Kilmer Red Planet
(WB ' 2000)
Flash Film Works 3D modeling, animation and compositing.
monster sharks Deep Blue Sea
(WB ' 1999)
Flash Film Works 3D model supervisor, animator.
Michelle Pfeiffer Deep End of the Ocean
(Sony ' 1999)
Flash Film Works 3D modeling and animation.
TELEVISION
Lost In Space Pilot The Robinsons: Lost In Space Pilot
(Sci Fi Ch. - Unaired, John Woo Dir.)
Zoic Studios 3D modeling, animation and compositing.
Batman WB Birds of Prey
Pilot (WB ' 2003)
Flash Film Works 3D modeling, animation and compositing.
Lucy Lawless Xena Warrior Princess
(Renaissance Pictures ' 1998)
Flat Earth Productions 3D modeling and animation.
kevin sorbo Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
(Renaissance Pictures ' 1998)
Flat Earth Productions 3D modeling and animation.
COMMERCIALS
Onstar/Batman Series
Batcave, Minor Setbacks, Jokerface, Hot Date, Riddle Me This
(2001)
Flash Film Works 3D modeling, animation and compositing. 
VIDEO GAMES
black dawn playstation 1 video game helicopter sim Black Dawn helicopter sim, untitled action game
(1996-1997)
Black Ops Entertainment 3D modeling, texturing,
level design, UI prototyping. 

SOFTWARE
3D: Lightwave  2D:  Photoshop, Illustrator, Digital Fusion, Adobe Premier, Corel Painter.

EDUCATION/SPECIAL SKILLS
I'm a professional computer doctor and have fixed PCs and Macs for over sixteen years. I also design websites like this one plus I'm a writer with a BA in English from Indiana University of PA, Indiana PA 1988. Communications minor. Typing speed: 80 wpm.

Online Portfolio: www.DonJMyers.com