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    David Hixon


    David graduated with honors in 2006 from George Mason University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Digital Art. The skills he learned combined with his eye for detail earned him a place as an Imaging Specialist at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C. While there he edited images from famous photographers and artists, and often worked on restoring and archiving photographs. After leaving NGS, he worked as a freelance artist for several years before deciding to move to Atlanta so he could return to school in order to follow his true passion: Animation. In 2014, he graduated magna cum laude from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Atlanta with a BFA in Animation. He has since worked as a freelance artist and animator. While he loves to wear many hats in any production, his specialty lies in lighting, texturing, and shading in 3D.
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    When you think of animated films, usually the name Disney comes to mind. Most people can list a cornucopia of films either made by Disney or a Disney-owned property, such as Pixar. However, there are so many other studios out there that make amazing films that deserve more attention. So...
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    Once again I have come to the rescue of a client who didn’t plan everything out. Too often someone decides to add on a graphic or animation or logo resolve without any warning or enough time. And, as always, I deliver without complaint and prepare, as always, for their feedback....
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    There is no denying that the world of animation has opened up its doors to adult audiences in recent years. Outside of anime and its multitudes of adult-focused movies and series, we have seen a slew of shows like Rick and Morty, Futurama, Archer, and even Agretsuko which have catered...
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    Since the dawn of art, mankind has struggled with depicting a basic function of vision: depth. Ancient cave drawings, Egyptian hieroglyphs, and even Medieval paintings depicted the world as flat. Attempts at capturing the idea of 3D space in a 2D medium were difficult. But by the Renaissance, the most...
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    It’s Oscar season, and as an animator, Pixar’s Coco is almost a shoe-in to be the Best Animated Film (although the looming shadow of Boss Baby might just steal…lololol). However, as an avid fan of all things animated, I was very happy with this movie when it came out in...
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    I want to get one thing clear here: sexual assault and abuse, sexual harassment, rape, and all sexual misconduct is deplorable. It has no place in society, let alone the film industry. As we’ve seen, high profile figures have come under fire for the past few years for sexual assault....
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    For this blog post I thought I’d try my hand at a simple tutorial. I was recently working on a project that required an outline of an object to be animated in Adobe After Effects, but instead of using an image, I decided to use an existing 3D object (an...
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    Everything you know about color is (probably) wrong. Color is a topic that deserves volumes of books, and I will probably dive into color several times in other posts, but for now I will cover the basics of color and some lesser known facts about how it relates to film....
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    Ever wonder why a family-friendly movie feels so different than an action film? It isn’t just the story and characters: music and lighting have a lot to do with it. How you light something, the colors you use, the light levels, and what you choose to show all has a huge impact...
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    In continuing with my series on lighting, I would like to discuss how you can use light to establish a setting. People have been manipulating light in film since the medium began, often to illuminate a dark object. But one of the first uses was to trick the audience into...