Art Director & Animator
(215) 800 7469
To the Hiring Manager,
I am currently the Art Director and Digital Artist for the independently owned Hearst television channel WMOR, in Tampa, Florida. Working with a close-knit group, I have consistently improved the quality of work put out as a team and in turn, as a station that directly impacted its overall success and made WMOR the number one independent station in the US.
I am the point person for all things creative. This led to me re-designing the look and feel (channel packaging) of the entire MOR TV station. This was something that had been on their back burner for a considerable time before my arrival, and I am proud that I helped it come to fruition.
The success of this project led to redesigning key aspects of their sister channels – ThisTV and Estrella TV. I also redesigned their entire print-based marketing, from banners for the Rays and Rowdies games to parades, Tampa Bay Comic-Con, Florida State festival, company vehicle wraps, and presentation look and feel templates.
I assist and support the producers, ensuring they have the tools and resources they need to follow the style guide that the redesigns created. I frequently teach them about new technologies and plugins to make their work more efficient and sophisticated.
I am resourceful, organized and always strive to improve myself as an artist and leader. I continually keep myself up to date with new software and workflow methods in order for my work to remain exciting, informative, entertaining and engaging.
My resume below spans the length of my career from design faculty, to the present day. Additionally, I have included links to a comprehensive collection of work samples and my website.
Thank you for your time and consideration with regard to this opportunity. I look forward to speaking with you in the future.
Work Samples: https://rainasawrus.com/workings/
1996 – Arena Aptech Multimedia
Diploma: Advanced Computer Graphic Imagery
Graduated with high honors (resulting in direct employment)
Studied 2D & 3D computer graphics, graphic design, principles of animation, editing, video post-production, web design, traditional drawing, composition, color theory, and photography
Create and execute high-quality imagery
Exceed client expectations
Work toward the best possible team effort
ProMaxBDA Gold Award winner
Platinum Pixie Award for Outstanding Animation
18 years of video production experience
10 years as a Compositor, 3D generalist for television, motion graphics and visual effects
8 years as a compositing artist for cinematics, show packaging, and film promos
6 years as a compositing supervisor
Knowledge of all aspects of production (Pre-visualization to final delivery)
Provided direction, artistic & technical support, and mentorship as a Post Production Supervisor
Implemented visual station & rendering workflows at multiple television channels
Proven creative problem solver
3D Software: Blender, Cinema 4D, Maya, Modo, ZBrush, Houdini, PFTrack, RealFlow, Quixel Suite, Marvelous Designer, Marmoset Toolbag 2, Octane Render, RenderMan, Redshift, VRay, MentalRay, XParticles.
2D Software: Nuke, Fusion 8, Autodesk Smoke, After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, Mocha
CG lighting and rendering techniques: HDRI and traditional CG lighting models, HDRI capture and light-rig creation, character beauty lighting, matching lighting, lighting to integrate into matte painted background
CG Compositing techniques: Compositing multiple lighting passes for separate rendered elements integrating 3D rendered or stock effects elements, lens effects, and final shot polish
3D Generalist: modeling, texturing, animation, rigging, particle systems, camera match-moving, pre-visualization, lighting and rendering
Art Director & Digital Artist – WMOR, Hearst Television
November 2015 – October 1, 2019 (Tampa, FL)
All creative aspects of the channel
Visualize and create graphic elements
Mentor promo producers
Upgraded producers on in-house software capabilities
Implemented a more efficient workflow pipeline focusing on organization
Design posters, banners, digital boards, sales presentations, keynotes & in-house artwork
Complete channel rebrand:
tags, Aston bands, idents, lower thirds, billboards, moments, show times, weather, snipes
squeeze backs, now-next-later, show donuts and templates for producers for dailies.
Channel branding vehicle wraps
Channel rebrand for Estella TV (Hearst Network)
Newspaper ads for ThisTV (Hearst Network)
Introduced a Movie of the Month spot for ThisTV and designed its look.
Motion graphics elements for Estrella TV and ThisTV
Daily On-Air graphic elements through VizRT
Banner design for events
All in-house design needs. Calendars, programming Schedules, Client PDFs, Client animations.
Medical Animator/Motion Graphics Designer – 3FX Media
August 2015 – October 2015 (Blue Bell, PA)
Storyboard layouts and design flow.
Design based animated and still images/typography/elements for compositing in Cinema 4D, composited them in After Effects.
Completed a design package for the biggest yearly event in the Medical Industry held and organized by Roche, involving 9 countries and 3 very reputable and successful cancer-fighting brand name medicines.
Owner/ Contributor – rainasawrus.com
July 2011 – Present
Creating and selling assets for designers worldwide. Work includes rigs, models, projects, templates, animated elements, references, and tutorials. The site has more than 3000 monthly visitors and over 100,000 downloads since inception in 2011.
Working on Freelance Per-Project contract basis for Advertising/Print/Television and Independent studio clients.
Post Production Supervisor – Sahara News
Jan. 2010 – Feb. 2012 (Mumbai)
Supervising animation and visual effects teams for various shows (28 shows)
Bidding and project scheduling
Creating Design themes for shows and deliverables daily.
Determining stylization for Banners, Lower Thirds, Aston Bands.
Attending dailies, walk-throughs, and production meetings.
Point person for animation/ News clients
Assigning tasks/ shots to artists and monitoring shot progress
QC of sequence continuity
Identifying problems and implementing effective solutions
Providing quality control for all department work
On-set VFX supervisor
Motion Graphics Supervisor – Bag Films News 24 Nov. 2007 – Dec. 2009 (Mumbai)
Planning, designing and executing daily design based projects
Writing copy for ads, websites, social media, newsletters, statements, etc.
New website design and construction
Producer & Senior Compositor – Zee MusicArabiya
Jan. 2005 – Jan. 2006 (Dubai)
Planning, designing & executing show packaging
Writing copy for promotional material and ads
Designing and building channel on-air identity
VFX Compositor – Sahara One
Feb. 2003 – Jan. 2004
Archiving & Designing/Compositing show packaging, texturing, lighting
Working with producers on copy and stylization
Organizing all show elements & design references
VFX Compositor – Sony Entertainment Television
Jan. 2000 – Jan. 2002 (Mumbai)
Archiving & organizing show elements, modeling assets, texturing
Ensuring accessibility and operability of Beta Tapes
Assisting producers with show copy and style
Compositor Intern – Prime Focus March 1999 – Jan. 2000
Archiving Beta Tapes
Organizing layers and elements for Sr. Compositor
Assisting producers with assets for composites
Graphic Designer – 0800 Freedom
Dec. 1997 – March 1998 (London, UK)
Created online graphics, banners, templates, splash screen animations
Graphic Designer – Archies Limited
April 1996 – May 1997
Designed over 150 Heritage India greeting cards for charity
Multimedia Faculty – Arena Aptech
June 1996 – March 1997
Taught Adobe Photoshop Version 1.2, Adobe Illustrator, Macromedia Dreamweaver, Macromedia Director, 3DS, Premiere, and Sound Forge