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Limerick Studios Project Breakdown

This is the project that Jon and Michael will be discussing at CAVEMODE 12.

Check it out below, it is a great piece.

Raleigh Job Openings

3D Motion Graphics Designer

Centerline Digital is a strategic, content marketing agency crafting compelling digital experiences.

We are looking for talented 3D Motion Graphics Designers who can transform ideas and words into fluid, highly kinetic pieces for screens of all sizes—from large-scale events to websites to mobile devices. Must be driven, and have the aptitude to make projects come alive.

In this role, you’ll have the opportunity to work on projects from long-form narrative animations to event openers. You’ll be called on to:
• Conceptualize, design and craft motion graphics solutions for clients
• Translate others’ concepts and existing client information into visually compelling stories under tight deadlines
• Be creative working within client brand guidelines, templates and the creation of new and existing campaigns
• Illustrate the technical and creative vision to work with writers and directors prior to shoots and concepts

3D designers must be experts in:
• Cinema 4D, 3DS Max, Maya or equivalent
• Strategic and artistic 3D design, animation and compositing
• Effective lighting, texturing and camera movement

To join Centerline, you’ll need to show
• Positive, enthusiastic attitude
• A drive for continuous learning and skill development
• Effective time management and multitasking ability
• Collaborative teamwork as well as effective independent problem solving

ABOUT CENTERLINE DIGITAL We are a carefully assembled group of talented people, working together to provide great ideas and flawless execution for our Fortune-type clients. We are located in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina within a late1800’s warehouse that has been renovated into a modern, loft-style headquarters. The open plan reflects our commitment to free-flowing communication, process transparency and team effort.

To apply for this position and learn more about Centerline please visit our website at http://www.centerline.net/careers/detail/?p=1235 This is a full-time, on-site job. Be sure to include your resume, cover letter and a link to your online portfolio. No phone calls please.

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Motion Graphics Designer

Centerline Digital is a strategic, content marketing agency crafting compelling digital experiences.

We are looking for talented Motion Graphics Designers/Animators who can transform ideas and words into fluid, highly kinetic pieces for screens of all sizes—from large-scale events to websites to mobile devices. Must be driven, and have the aptitude to make projects come alive.

In this role, you’ll have the opportunity to work on projects from long-form narrative animations to event openers. You’ll be called on to:
• Conceptualize, design and craft motion graphics solutions for clients
• Translate others’ concepts and existing client information into visually compelling stories under tight deadlines
• Be creative working within client brand guidelines, templates and the creation of new and existing campaigns
• Illustrate the technical and creative vision to work with writers and directors prior to shoots and concepts

Designers must be experts in:
• After Effects
• Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite. 3D experience a plus
• Strategic and artistic design, animation and compositing

To join Centerline, you’ll need to show
• Positive, enthusiastic attitude
• A drive for continuous learning and skill development
• Effective time management and multitasking ability
• Collaborative teamwork as well as effective independent problem solving

ABOUT CENTERLINE DIGITAL We are a carefully assembled group of talented people, working together to provide great ideas and flawless execution for our Fortune-type clients. We are located in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina within a late 1800’s warehouse that has been renovated into a modern, loft-style headquarters. The open plan reflects our commitment to free-flowing communication, process transparency and team effort.

To apply for this position and learn more about Centerline please visit our website at http://www.centerline.net/careers/detail/?p=1240 This is a full-time, on-site job. Be sure to include your resume, cover letter and a link to your online portfolio. No phone calls please.

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5 Reasons You Should Join a User Group

It’s Thursday afternoon and the workday is wrapping up. You are aware of a local user group meeting but haven’t committed to going yet. As you leave work, do you cross town to check out the meeting or spend the evening on the couch watching TV again? Many people have discovered the benefits of participating in a local user group, but many more have not. I will cover what I think are five areas in which a user group can work for you.

1. Education

One thing I have learned from being in this business for more than twelve years is that everything is constantly evolving. You can’t learn how to complete a task and expect that to be the best method in the future. Staying up to date and current enables you to be effective and efficient, traits that are a must for business survival in this era. A user group will allow you to witness other users demonstrating workflow and practices that you haven’t seen up close. Students should jump at the opportunity to watch a professional explain a project.  Even if you may know some of what they are discussing, there is always some gem you can take away from what was presented, however small. We can never let ourselves become complacent and haughty enough to think we have gotten good enough to stop learning.

2. Inspiration

If you have ever been to a trade conference you know the energy that is generated by just being in the same room with people who deal with the same day to day challenges that you do. Seeing creative work and hearing the creators talk about how they accomplished it inspires the artist inside us. The doldrums of the workweek can suck the life out of creative and it can be a breath of fresh air to get some new ideas.

3. Networking

Today’s job market is tough and in most areas, getting a job is a difficult and competitive undertaking. We need to be maximizing our talent and skills but also working to develop a professional network of peers and potential employers. Whether you are a seasoned freelancer, long term company man, or student breaking into the business, you will be better positioned for the next job by meeting more people. A stellar demo reel will only get you as far as the eyeballs that see it. Meeting someone in person goes a long way toward them giving you a call back when they need to get a job done. So get off the Aeron chair and shake some hands, exchange business cards, and get to know some folks around you. Don’t be shy, this isn’t the 8th grade dance, it’s your livelihood at stake.

4. Competing

One common complaint in smaller markets is that the work always goes out of town. The larger markets have more competition and more people, thus they turn out better work in many cases. Showing off work locally is a great way to push each other to create better content. If a market can successfully generate this kind of constructive competition the quality of work in a locale will rise. The client will ultimately benefit, and if they are better served then the result will bring stability and growth to the market. Everyone will be better served if a group pushes itself to a higher level and ultimately helps bring more work into the market which can create more jobs. If the artists are able to create a positive buzz around town, the clients will be more likely to have the confidence to stick around.

5. Socializing

Despite the previous reasons, it’s good clean fun to go hang out and talk shop with other people who do what you do. Your spouse, friends, parents, and kids can only tolerate your in depth discussion of rotoscoping, typography or 32-bit linear float pipelines for so long. But the folks at your local user group would be delighted to talk for hours about it. Many groups offer raffles and give out valuable prizes too. It’s good for us to loosen up a bit, after all, most of us just sit around behind a computer all day.

My challenge to you is to make the time to get out and get involved. But don’t just be a consumer, be a contributor. In every organization there are more people who come to be served while a much smaller group does all the work. What the consumers don’t realize is that, you get out of it what you put into it. So, the more effort you put forth to help put meetings on, volunteer to speak, or assist in leadership, the more valuable the return is from the group. Look for a group in your area, and if there isn’t one, start one. Attend the meetings, ask questions, and shake some hands afterwards. We all will be in a better spot because of it.