Martin Heigan

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Total Work Experience:
Experience:  Over 20 Years.
Software:    Maya, MotionBuilder and Motion Analysis Cortex.

3D Work Experience:
Currently
2012-2017
Company:     The Flying Circus - a division of Primedia.
Position:    Visual Effects Supervisor / Motion Capture Technical Director.

2010-2012
Freelance VFX Supervisor

My clients included:

Masters and Savant Worldwide.

Sinister Studio.

Ministry of Illusion.
The Refinery.
Clearwater.
AnimMate.

2007-2010
Project:     Jock the Hero Dog.
Company:     Jock Animation.
Position:    3D / Lighting Supervisor.

2005-2017
Company:     Ministry of Illusion.
Position:    Head of 3D / VFX Supervisor
.

2004-2005
Freelance 3D Artist

My clients included:
Video Lab.
AnimMate.
Ministry of Illusion.
Moving Picture Company (London) - BBC/Discovery Channel - Body Story 2.

1993-2004
Company:     The House Next Door / Video Lab (now part of The Refinery).
Position:    From Intern to 3D Artist, to Head of 3D.

Film Credits:
* The Last Leprechaun(UK, 1998)
* The Little Unicorn (UK, 1998)
* Pirates of the Plain (USA, 1999)
* Merlin - The Return (UK, 2001)
* Berserker (UK, 2001)
* Mr. bones (SA, 2001)
* Fairytale (UK, 2003)
* Sunflower (SA, 2003)
* Coastal Murmurs (Portugal, 2004)
* Number 10 (SA, 2006)
* Jock the Hero Dog (SA, 2010)
* Vehicle 19 (SA, 2012)
* House Party - Tonight's the Night (USA, 2013)
* Inside Job (SA, 2016-2017)

Television Series and Documentaries:
* Tarzan - The Epic Adventures (USA, 1996)
* Body Story 2 (BBC Channel 4/Discovery Channel/ITEL, UK, 2000)
* Alien Nursery Rhymes (South Africa, 2001)
* Sesame Street (For South Africa, commissioned from New York, 2002)
* Silly Seasons Pilot (The Flying Circus, South Africa, 2013)
* Inside Job Pilot (The Flying Circus, South Africa, 2014)
* Silly Seasons - SAFTA Nomination (The Flying Circus, South Africa, 2014-2015)

Photography:
Some of the Companies, Institutions and Organisations that published my photographs include:
National Geographic Magazine, USA.
National Geographic, Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs, Week 16|17|18|19|23|33|35|39|68|69|79, USA.
National Geographic, Top 25 Photographs from the Wilderness, Week 4|7, USA.
National Geographic School Publishing/Hampton-Brown, USA.
Africa Geographic, Top 5 bird photographs, Feb 2013, SA.
Dorling Kindersley/Penguin Publishing, "The Natural History Book", UK.
The Astronomical Society of Southern Africa, SA.
ARKive by Sir. David Attenborough, UK.
Cambridge University, UK.
Cambridge University, UK.
University of Antwerp, Belgium.
Cornell University (Cornell Lab of Ornithology), USA.
University of Virginia Library (Scholars' Lab), USA.
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA.
UNESCO World Heritage Magazine/Pressgroup Holdings Europe.
United Nations International Year of Biodiversity/CTBI.
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)/Banson Publishing.
Marriott Hotel Panoramic QTVR in collaboration with Don Riddle Photography, USA.
My Astrophotography was featured on Stargazing Live (BBC2 and ABC), UK and Australia.
Automobile Association Travel Magazine/HSM, SA.
Chicago Botanic Garden, USA
Kew Botanic Garden, UK.
Smithsonian Magazine, USA.
Getty Images, USA.
The New York Times, USA.
South African Tourism, SA.
Terra Seca Magazine, France.
Astrophotography Magazine, UK.
Photographer Magazine, Russia.
The Mail & Guardian Newspaper, SA.
Yahoo! Photo of the Day, Worldwide.
Asklepios Magazine by the I.A.S, UK.
Quintentially Magazine/FMS Publishing, UK.
Awesome South Africa (Coffee Table Book), SA.
Reflex Numerique Photography Magazine, France.
Qatar Airways Oryx Magazine via Agency Fish, UK.
New Media Publishing/Mango Airlines Juice Magazine, SA.
University of Minnesota/Institute on the Environment,USA.
Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden in Poortview, Gauteng, SA.
Greetings from South Africa (Postcatds)/Janus Multi-Media, Croatia.
Hester Malan Wildflower Garden, Goegap Nature Reserve, Springbok, SA.
Unforgettable Sunny South Africa/Global Calendars & Publications, SA.
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences/Batwin & Robin Productions, NY.
SANBI (Gold Award Winning) Exhibit at the 2009 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, UK.
Centre de Recherches sur la Cognition Animale - Université Paul Sabatier, France.
Earth Science Picture of the Day (EPOD), NASA/Universities Space Research Association.
Various other Books, Publications, Botanical Publications, Magazines, Postcards & Calendars.

Books:
Publishing:  Books I published
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3D Books & Research Papers:
Details:     Mentions in 3D Books and Research Papers:
3D Book:     
Inside Maya 5 (by Mark Adams, Max Sims & Erick Miller).
3D Book:     Cyberarts 99 (by Hannes Leopoldseder & Christine Schöpf).
R&D Paper:  
 HDR Rendering Deep Exploration FAQ (by Right Hemisphere).

Education:
Studies:
* ND Graphic Design (VUT)
Post Graduate Studies:
* NHD Graphic Design (VUT)
* Graduated with Full Distinctions (Cum Laude)
* Awarded Honouree Academic Colours
* Practical Component: 3D Design and Illustration
* Theoretical Component (Dissertation): "The 3D illustrator's technique handbook". 

Projects that I worked on that won International Awards:
* VEAF Award (Vancouver Effects and Animation Festival)
Category    : Effects Created for a T.V. Series/Pilot/MOW
Position    : 2nd Prize
Project     : The Little Unicorn
Company     : The Video Lab
My Role     : Character Setup, Texturing, Lighting, Animation Lead, Hair Particles
.

* LEAF Award (London Effects and Animation Festival)
Category    : Special Animation Award
Position    : 1st Prize
Project     : Body Story 2 (BBC and Discovery Channel)
Company     : The Moving Picture Company (London)
My Role     : Animation, 3D Match Moving, Particles (freelance vfx animator at MPC)
.

* SIBGRAPI Award (Symposium on Computer Graphics and Image Processing)
Category    : Presentation at the Brazilian Sibgrapi 2000 Animation Festival
Project     : The Little Unicorn
Company     : The Video Lab
My Role     : Character Setup, Texturing, Lighting, Animation Lead, Hair Particles
.

* VEAF Award (Vancouver Effects and Animation Festival)
Category    : Effects Feature Film / TV Series / TV Special
Position    : 1st Prize
Project     : Merlin
Company     : The Video Lab
My Role     : On set CG Supervision, Character Setup, Texturing, Lighting, Character Animation
.

* VEAF Award (Vancouver Effects and Animation Festival)
Category    : Simulation/Education/Training Award.
Position    : 1st Prize
Project     : Body Story 2 (BBC and Discovery Channel)
Company     : The Moving Picture Company (London)
My Role     : Animation, 3D Match Moving, Particles (freelance vfx animator at MPC)
.

* SIGGRAPH Electronic Theatre (Siggraph - Special Interest Group Graphics)
Category    : Siggraph 2001 Electronic Theatre
Project     : Body Story 2 (BBC and Discovery Channel)
Company     : The Moving Picture Company (London)
My Role     : Animation, 3D Match Moving, Particles (freelance vfx animator at MPC)
.

* MEDIARAMA Electronic Theatre (Othello Revista Digital, Granada, Spain)
Category    : Mediarama 2001 Electronic Theatre
Project     : Body Story 2 (BBC and Discovery Channel)
Company     : The Moving Picture Company (London)
My Role     : Animation, 3D Match Moving, Particles (freelance vfx animator at MPC).