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WHO AM I?

I'm Steven Olver, 29, and I'm a multi-disciplined CG artist and technical guru. I have over 6 years of experience in the industry working in broadcast, film and video.

WHAT DO I DO?

As a generalist I tackle almost all aspects of post production whether it be 2D or 3D animation, motion graphics, titles, visual effects or compositing.

HOW DO I DO IT?

With a wide breadth of software experience using 3ds Max, After Effects, Maya, VRay, Cinema4D, FumeFX, Photoshop and many others in production environments.

WHERE AM I?

I live in London, UK but I'm originally from beautiful Cape Town, South Africa. I love travelling and I'm open to moving all over the world for great work opportunities.

PORTFOLIO

All
3D
Animation
Motion Graphics
VFX
Sandisk Connect Drive for Apple
compositing / motion graphics
Skill Titles
3d / animation / vfx
Lamborghini Reventón
3d / compositing
Manchester United Epson Viral
3d / compositing / vfx
SanDisk Extreme Pro SSD
3d / compositing / vfx
PEP Map of South Africa
3d / animation / compositing
Mzanzi Ridez
3d / rigging / vfx
SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive
compositing / motion graphics
PEP Most Amazing Teacher Competition
3d / compositing / motion graphics
The Legend of French Classics
animation / illustration
PEP Commercial Shots
3d / compositing
CBS Drama – CSI Miami promo
3d / animation / compositing
Horror Channel – Sci-Fi Zone promo
3d / animation / compositing
F1 Snake
3d / animation

NEED MORE INFORMATION ON THAT EXPLOSIVE SHOWREEL?

Take a look at the shotlist for detailed information on every shot in the showreel and portfolio.

A specialist in colour

I'm also a DaVinci Resolve colourist with experience in grading commercials, promos, product and corporate videos. I have a long history with colour spanning all the way back to my initial foray into stills photography and my deep understanding of colour theory and science ensures your project is in good hands. I freelance remotely as a colourist with my home setup of colour calibrated monitors and quality check on colour accurate Eizo CG277s. Looking to get your next project professionally colour graded? Whether you've shot on a Canon C100 or a RED Epic, drop me a line and your project will be in good care.

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Résumé

EXPERIENCE

Senior Motion Graphics Designer at AMC Networks International

DEC 2017 - PRESENT | LONDON

Promoted in just over a year, I now handle day to day management in the department and supervise two mid-weight artists alongside my regular graphics and promo work.

Motion Graphics Designer at AMC Networks International

OCT 2016 - DEC 2017 | LONDON

At AMC I create promos, idents and bumpers for all of the network's channels and get to work with some of our biggest intellectual properties like Fear The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad.

Motion Graphics Designer at Fellow Productions

NOV 2013 - OCT 2016 | LONDON

As the sole graphics operator at Fellow, I was given the responsibility of tackling all of the company’s graphics work from start to finish and took on all manner of 2D and 3D motion graphics and visual effects work for some of the world’s leading brands like the Ferrari F1 team, Martini, Manchester United, Bombay Sapphire, Epson, Sandisk and Playstation.

Motion Graphics Artist at Keyframe Animation Studio

APRIL 2012 - SEPTEMBER 2013 | CAPE TOWN

Here at Keyframe I completed TV commercials and VFX shots for some of South Africa's leading brands and provided VFX supervision on and off set. I also helped the other artists in the studio throughout my working day. Whenever an artist had a problem, needed help, didn’t know how to do something or faced a technical challenge, they came to me.

Contract 3D Artist for Trazzy Entertainment

JULY 2011 - APRIL 2012 | CAPE TOWN

Trazzy required a huge volume of game assets to be completed for an upcoming title of theirs. Work included modelling, texturing, shading and lighting of the 3D assets and interiors for a real time game engine. As the second largest contributor I aided the team greatly in completing the project on time.

3D Artist and Compositor at JUJU TV Productions

JAN 2010 - MARCH 2011 | CAPE TOWN

Here I took on all manner of work from TV documentaries involving VFX and animation to commercials and show openers. I helped Juju create amazing work and turbocharged their clunky Maya network rendering with a new render manager at the same time, thus making the render farm more efficient and submission less prone to user error.

Freelancer

DEC 2008 - JAN 2010 | CAPE TOWN

I began my career working as a freelancer for various studios and independent clients, both local and international. During this time I dipped my toes into all corners of the CG industry from architectural visualization to TV and broadcast, gaining experience and deciding where I wanted to direct myself in the field.

EDUCATION

Learn2 Digital Media Academy

1ST YEAR - 2007
3DS MAX & COMBUSTION COURSE

Restricted to only 12 students per year, Learn2’s incredibly limited, full time, Autodesk accredited 3D animation course covered 3ds Max and Combustion alongside traditional animation theory classes.

2ND YEAR - 2008
MAYA, TOONBOOM & AFTER EFFECTS COURSE

Only 6 students made it through to Learn2’s further limited, full time, Autodesk accredited Maya and After Effects course. The software training was paralleled by 2D animation and cinematography classes.

SKILLS

3D modelling and UVW unwrapping.

Detail sculpting with Mudbox.

Texturing, shading and materials.

Rigging and animation.

Lighting and rendering.

Compositing, colour grading and retouching/removals.

Keying footage from a variety of cameras including 4:2:0 HDV, 4:2:2 Arri Alexa, 5D Mk III, Phantom and spectacular 5K RED Digital RAW footage.

Tracking and matchmoving in MatchMover and Mocha.

Visual effects and motion graphics in both 3D and 2D.

Technical supervision of artists in the studio and VFX supervision on set.

Photography and post processing in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Mark Ratcliff"Steve is one of those rare people who demonstrates strong spatial and temporal awareness with equal measure. His highly versatile skill set makes him adept at all aspects of 2D and 3D motion graphic design. This sense of proportion, space and timing is central to the quality of his work and his enquiring nature and logical approach ensure that he is able to over deliver both in terms of quality and deadlines"

Read Mark's full recommendation here.
Vaughan Hudson“Steven gravitated towards more technical tasks and became the studio problem solver. His all round competence meant he could take on almost any task in the studio. Steven has been the epitome of a team player, highly resourceful, willing and able to assist wherever he was needed. It has been a pleasure working with Steven over the last seventeen months."

Read Vaughan's full letter of recommendation here.
David Hecker“Having known Steven both as his lecturer and as a contract employer, he has always impressed me with his incredible work ethic and level of professionalism. He is an honest, hard working young man who will always be at the top of my list of employable people.”
Damien Harrison“Steven did great job creating 3D assets and interiors for a recent gaming project. He has a positive attitude and quickly grasped the tasks appointed to him, he is dependable and hard working. It was a pleasure to have him on the team, I would definitely recommend him!”
Rowan van TonderSteven was a second year student at Learn 2 with me in 2008. I found Steven to be very thorough in his projects and talented in the field of CG. He always went the extra mile to research and know more about his field. I have also recently heard tremendous praise for Steven from his current employer. I would highly recommend Steven as a very dedicated and committed CG specialist.

3D

From modelling, texturing and shading to lighting, rendering and fluid dynamics simulations. My years of experience in 3D content creation can handle any project thrown my way with speed and quality.

ANIMATION

With a deep understanding of animation principles and a keen eye for motion, I’m able to provide 3D and 2D animation. From full character animation to title and product animation, I’ve done it all.

MOTION GRAPHICS

Whether it be TV show title sequences, corporate logo motion graphics or commercial end tags and idents, my motion graphics and typography experience covers all the bases in 2D and 3D.

VFX

Keying, compositing, effects, removals, colour grading, particles and simulations are just some of the techniques I’ve employed completing countless commercials. I also provide VFX supervision and assistance on set and in pre-production meetings.

PHOTOGRAPHY/VIDEOGRAPHY

A simple hobby involving my Canon HDSLR, I take photographs and video footage of the world around me. My knowledge of photography, cinematography and camera rigs also allows me to communicate better with directors on and off set.

TECHNICAL

Any time an artist has a question, needs help or doesn’t know how to do something, they come to me. I supervise artists in the studio and keep everything running efficiently throughout. I even do the odd bit of coding to speed up workflows.

INTERESTED IN MY PHOTOGRAPHY?

Take a peak at my photography gallery where I showcase some of my personal shots from all over the world.

Did you know?

I'm the creator of three Autodesk Maya scripts that make quick work of any randomization and sequencing tasks. They were coded in Maya’s MEL language and were written to further my programming knowledge and give back to the 3D community. They’re all production ready, have been rated highly by users, downloaded thousands of times and have potentially saved hundreds of collective man hours.

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LOCATION
London, United Kingdom

SKYPE
stevenolver

PHONE
+44 (0)7580 254 659

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