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Sopwith Studios Motion Graphics

Motion Graphics

94 Fernbank Place - Whitby, Ontario - L1R1T2 - Canada

2016:Promax/BDA Decision Canada, Best Intro
2008: Gemini Awards Nomination: Best Sports Analysis or Commentary Program, Series or Segment (created opening, graphics, etc)
2007-08: Promax Bronze Award: best promotional spot live single event
2007-08: New York Festivals Finalist Certificate: Best Promo 3D Animation NBA Alley basketball Promotion
2007-08: New York Festivals Finalist Certificate: Best Promo spot NBA Alley Promotion
2007-08: New York Festivals Finalist Certificate: “The Season: ‘07 Jays” Sports Special (created opening, graphics, etc)
2007: Promax Gold Award: Best Promotional Animation; NBA Alley Campaign
2006: BDA Gold Award: Art Direction & Design: Topical Campaign; NBA Chess
2006: BDA Silver Award: Opening; Team Canada Rugby on Rogers Sportsnet
2006: Promax Silver Award: Best Promotional Animation; NBA Chess
2005: Rogers Sportsnet Creativity Award
2005: Promax GOLD Award Best Promotional Animation for “Soccera” EPL Soccer Promo Campaign
2005: Promax SILVER Award Best Promotional Animation for Sportsnet’s Major League Baseball “Metropolis” Promo Campaig
2004-05: New York Festivals Finalist Certificate: Sportsnet NCAA “Road to the Final Four” Promo Campaign
2004-05: New York Festivals GOLD Medal Winner: Sportsnet Major League Baseball “Metropolis” Promo Campaign
2002: BDA Bronze Award: Sports: Topical Promo “Tin Player, Regional Hockey” Promo Campaign.

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ExperienceMICHEL (Mike) LAPALME
94 Fernbank Place Whitby Ontario
phone C (905) 925-1399 or

To strive and grow as a Creative Person. Adapt to the needs of the workplace, my co-workers, and clients.

Art/Creative Director
Well versed in Client Services, Marketing, Idealization and Execution
Years of Pre and Post Production experience to offer
Video Production
Team Player
Bilingual (English and French)


Motion Design Consultant (GENERAL ELECTRIC)
Lead designers in Art direction, and development for GE's Digital Energy Sector
Designed, built 2D /3D products and animated assets for the company's Grid Explorer Application
Trained other designers in proper motion design techniques and applications
Edited video, audio, and other elements into high end presentations for in-house, online, and GE Clients
Created virtual assets for GE's online Product Explorer application

Art Director/Designer Sopwith Studios 2011-present
Designed the Complete branding package for the Blackbelt TV Network, California, France, and Mexico
Lead designers and 3D modellers in Art direction, and creative development
Fully Produced Commercials (Including Storyboards, Scripts, Talent Acquisition, Animation, and Production)
Digital Signage and Jumbotron Animation for Panasonic, Forresters Insurance, NASCAR, Charlotte Raceway, Ottawa Senators, Ottawa 67's, Detroit Tigers, CFL and MLS Teams, NASDAQ, Princess Cruise lines, Fantrax and Charlotte 49ers
Package Design, Architectural Rendering, and Print Elements
Designed and animated shows for WFN (World Fishing Network)

Senior Broadcast Designer CBC Network 2011-2012
Animated for Hockey Night in Canada, CBC Sports, CBC News, and Current Affairs Programming. show packages, promotional pieces, and graphics
Other properties include the Rick Mercer Report, Steven and Chris, Air Farce, CBC News, CBC News Network
Created documentary pieces for Marketplace, CBC's 75th Anniversary Programming, as well as CBC's Olympic Broadcast promotions

Senior Broadcast Designer CTV/Rogers Sportsnet 1998-2011
Lead Animator/Art Director /Producer/Scriptwriter
Designed and executed most of Sportsnet's on-air content, including; Logos, Openings, Promotions, Sports Elements, Set Design, Digital and Print material
Shows designed include “Hockeycentral”, “Soccercentral”, Toronto Blue Jays Baseball, NHL, CHL, CFL, NFL, UFC, MMA, NBA, UEFA Soccer, and FIFA Soccer, the Olympics, Sportsnet Connected, and many other programs
Established Creative guidelines, Best Practices, and Standards for the Department
Helped with purchasing of new equipment and department evaluation
Assisted in the hiring process and evaluation of new employees

Broadcast Designer CTV Network 1992-1998
CTV National News, CTV NEWSNET, CTV Sports, W5, CANADA AM, The Olympics, Comedy Network, OLN and CTV Newsnet
Work included graphics, animations, news, weather, sports, business and breaking news stories

Animation/Designer YTV Network 1991-1992
Cell animator, and 2D compositor/designer

Hardware and software purchasing, budgeting and evaluation for art departments
Mac and PC literate
Trained employees on the proper use of the graphics servers, database and still-stores, as well as the Quantel editing/storage server systems
Mentoring employees in best design practices, branding and animation at CTV, Sportsnet, Sopwith and GE.
System installations, file management and data base Systems, MS Office including word, excel
Avid, Premiere, and Quantel Editing/Server Skills
1st Party Applications; Adobe CS* and Autodesk. 3rd Party Applications IE: Mocha, Knoll, Trapcode, Mental Ray, Vray, Sapphire, Syntheyes, Plexis, Away 3D, Flare3D
Deko Still Store, Aprisa, DDR, Infini, and Chyron knowledge

Humber College 2005-present Professor Visual Effects, and Motion Design (part time)
Taught 2D and 3D animation, visual effects, graphics, video techniques and design. mentored and art directed classes.
Developed Curriculum, Course Outlines, and Study Material for Classes
Member of the Humber 3D Animation Board of Review

CTV/Rogers Sportsnet Media Trainer 1998-2011
Designed and conducted full courses and workshops for Producers and Executives in Adobe CS packages

Sheridan College Oakville (1991-1992) Diploma Computer Animation
Canadore College North Bay (1987-1989) Diploma Graphic Communications
Northern College Timmins (1986-1987) Fine Art

9 Promax/BDA awards in promotional design, animation, art direction, and execution
5 New York Festival awards in art direction, animation and design
Directly involved in Gemini Nominated Productions. A Promax/BDA, and Gemini Awards Judge
References are available upon request

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