I had a chance to interview Alexander Davidson, a freelance motion designer over at zombie-robot.tv. Thanks Alexander for taking the time to share with us!
Did you go to school for motion graphics?
What did you study at school?
Motion Graphics was the major.
How did you get into your first job in the industry?
I’d been a regular graphic designer for 6.5 years prior so I was used to jumping into the freelance world. All it takes is a basic clean website with great work and an email sent to all of the companies stating who you are and what you can do for them. Also you need to set a decent rate to coincide with your abilities, ex. Junior = 350/day.
I am a freelance designer shuffling around different studios making styleframes for them to get jobs.
How long have you been in the industry?
10 years as a designer total but 3.5 years in Television and Features.
What software do you use?
The regular Adobe stuff and then C4D and Nuke for design purposes.
How would you describe your style?
The goal in this industry is to have no style and be able to do any style asked of you, so that is what I try to do.
Do you have any hints for people interested in the industry, any ideas on how to get started in motion graphics?
Every job or project you do should be the best one you’ve done to date. And don’t be an arrogant tool. Studios like someone who knows what they are doing but doesn’t need to advertise it and make it a competition. Your work should speak for itself.
Are there one or two things you wish you had known when you were just starting out?
How to force companies to pay on time, I’m still trying to figure that one out.
Are there any fantastic plug ins, third party tools or books that you have found recently that you would recommend?
Newton – it is a gravity particle plugin for AE
What is the single most important thing you need to do or be to excel in our industry?
Passionate about the type of work you are doing (not the job itself). You have to love it.
If you could have a dream job in the industry, what would it be?
Doing exactly what I’m doing!
Thanks Alexander! To see his work go to zombie-robot.tv.