Character TD

Daniel Barnes

805-368-1942 •

Summary of Qualifications

Dedicated professional seeking a position as a Character Technical Director.  Strong background in programing and able to pick up new programing languages easily.  Capable of working both individually or collaboratively in large groups.

• Developed a refined taste for painting skinCluster weights to create realistic deformations
• Strong organization skills to better meet deadlines


Academy of Art University                                                                                                                                                         2009
Bachelor of Fine Arts - Visual Effect and Animation

Moorpark Community College                                                                                                                                                  2005
CompTIA A+ Certification
Dean's List

Areas of Expertise

Autodesk Maya
• Attained a reliable understanding of the AutoDesk Maya architecture for creature setup
• Utilized AutoDesk Maya dynamic solvers for dynamic deformations and automatic overlapping action
• Programmed extensively in Maya Embedded Language and Python to create custom tools

Adobe Photoshop

•Adept at adjusting images in Camera Raw to color and exposure correct and remove lens distortion

•Familiar with batch processing to efficiently edit large numbers of photos

•Proficient at working in layers to adjust images

• Analyzed human bone structure and movement for optimal joint placement
• Applied knowledge of anatomy to fictitious creatures to deliver realistic motion
• Implemented the movement of muscles to convey believable deformation

Additional Experience

Freelance Family Photographer                                                                                                                                    Present
• Evaluated complex lighting situations to produce impressive photographs
• Adept at using TopazLabs photo editing software to remove noise, blemishes, and camera mistakes

McNair Post-Baccalaureate Autonomous GPS Robot Project                                                                                                2013
Lead Programmer
• Designed dynamic code to guide a custom built four wheeled robot through a set of GPS coordinates
• Collaborated with a small team of engineers to overcome hardware and programming limitations

Itsy Bitsy Stories                                                                                                                                                                           2013
Character TD Internship
• Built customized rigs for highly stylized characters
• Setup Maya Jiggle Deformer to create subtle automatic secondary action

Software Skills
Adobe Photoshop, Luxology Modo, AutoDesk 3ds Max, AutoDesk Maya, Blender