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James Murray

Animator, Illustrator, Graphic Designer & Actor

Qualifications & Work History

* James' professional profile is also available at Linkedin and has a Facebook page.

Education/Training

1988 - 1991
Fine Arts Diploma from Champlain Regional College, Lennoxville, Quebec, Canada.
Courses involved life drawing and perspective drawing, composition, two dimensional design, computer design, colour theory, watercolour & acrylic painting, printmaking, photoetching, sculpture, pottery and art history.

1991 - 1993
Animation-Television diploma from Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Strong emphasis was on classical cartoon character animation production for TV. The animation program provided sufficient experience for a graduate to work in the animation industry.

2003
Actor training for Granite Forks (TV series).

2009-2010
Actor training: Animation Voice-over

Work Experience (Freelance)

For the lastest work, return to the home page and scroll to What's New!

Art/Animation (1996 - 2010)

Finalist in the Starz Character Idol, a character design/development competition at the 2008 Ottawa International Animation Festival.

Character designs, illustrations and animations for the Sword of Trauma cartoon.

Logo/Opening for Stirring Up Trouble with Angela Shelton

Web Site Graphics & Animation for PB Publishing who publish Scenes of Vermont, a popular Vermont travel and tourism e-zine. Animation samples: Eggplant Character || Ski Report Icon || Banner Advertising || Tourist Map || Graphic sample: Scenic Icon

Cartoon Logo for Dirty Hairy Mobile Dog Grooming.

Cartoon Illustrations: Construction worker || Beaver & Kangaroo T-shirt Image

Illustrations: School Portrait Drawings of Hockey / Basketball 1 & 2

Print and logo design for a nonprofit community organization.

Graphic Designs & Book Illustrations for Aura Publishing. View Icons || Logo || Animated Logo || Book Illustrations: Book Cover, Dream art & Line art || Web Site Design

Aura Publishing publishes an e-magazine, books, stories, music and Web site focusing on life after death or afterlife experiences. James is (1) the production manager for their books and e-magazine and (2) designer and manager of their Web site. He also writes advertising copy to promote their material.

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Please see James' home page and Portfolio for much more of his art and animation samples.

Acting

(2004 - Present) For James' acting experience, click here or scroll down this page.

 

Computer Experience

Mac 0S 9.1, 9.2, OS X Tiger, Leopard through to the latest operating systems. Also, iOs 8 and iCloud on the iPad 2. Plus some experience with Windows 7.

Tablet: Cintiq 12WX Wacom tablet.

From 1993-1995, he assisted in the installation of prepress computer systems for service bureaus (prepress) and printers.

Macintosh Computer Software + Web Browsers Used:

Adobe CS5: Adobe Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere & Soundbooth, Flash Professional, Fireworks

Adobe CS3: Photoshop, ImageReady, Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks, Illustrator, Acrobat Professional & InDesign.

Pagination software: QuarkXpress 7.31, Pagemaker 5 & 6.5, Fetch 5.7.3 (FTP), WordPerfect.

Other: Final Cut Express HD ver. 3.0, HTML 4.0 coding, and Fractal Design Painter 3.

Web/Mobile Browsers:

Safari, Firefox, Chrome and Opera

 

Other Work Experience

Carpentry, groundskeeping and maintenance of residential properties.

 

Volunteer

Habitat for Humanity. In 1994, a one day project was organized by Habitat for Humanity. He assisted in the construction of a residential covered porch.

The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. In 2005 & 2006, Stanstead College organized a one day shoreline cleanup of the Tomifobia River, Stanstead, Quebec, Canada. See his illustration of the cleanup.

Nonprofit Community Organizations. In 2006 and 2008 - present, James has also donated his graphic design services. He has designed a print publication and other communications including a logo.

 

Hobbies

He also enjoys dancing, yoga, tai chi, swimming, walking, cross-country skiing. He watches feature films, television shows (sitcoms and animated cartoons) and sporting events. He collects sports cards.


         
         
 

     

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TV SERIES (in post-production)

Granite Forks (TV series) -- Lead Actor --
Focus Television, Directors: Bashar Shbib and Jon Deitcher
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Preview the series - At sunsetpictures.ca, view a video by clicking the Television link, then click read more or the poster.

www.sunsetpictures.ca

 

FILMS (in post-production except for P.T. Barnum and Misbehaviour)

THE MAKING OF...Indie Television (Movie)
Sunset Pictures, Director: Bashar Shbib

Catharsis (Short film) -- Supporting Actor --
Sunset Pictures, Director: Sidrah Laldin

P.T. Barnum (TV movie) -- Extra --
Hallmark Entertainment, Director: Simon Wincer.
Actors: Beau Bridges, Jordan Bridges, Cynthia Dale, Natalie Radford, George Hamilton

Misbehaviour (Feature Film) -- Extra --
ZGA Films & Television Corp.

Zombie Maniacs (Feature film) -- Lead Actor --
Sunset Pictures, Directors: Bashar Shbib and
Stephen De Oliveira

The Upside (Feature film) -- Supporting Actor --
Sunset Pictures, Directors:
Gabe Brown. Preview.

Lulu (Feature film) -- Supporting Actor --
Sunset Pictures, Directors: Bashar Shbib and
Gabe Brown

Get It Together (Feature film) -- Supporting Actor --
Sunset Pictures, Director: Damon Cox


New VOICE-OVERS

Link to James Murray's Animation Voice-over page/demo
Click here for James' Voice-overs.

ACTOR TRAINING / EDUCATION

2003
Actor training for Granite Forks (TV series).

2009
Stevie Vallance’s Tooned In! Animation Voice-over Workshop
Diploma, Animation Voice-over.
The 8-hour day class focused on character development from the audition p.o.v. by way of improvisational exercises and monologues. I also learned audition etiquette, mic technique, basic ‘ins & outs’ of the Industry and how to make an Animation Acting Demo.

2010
The Masters series: On-line Privates. Instructor: Stevie Vallance
The animation voice-over Masters course consists of 6 one hour sessions via Skype. The series is a continuation of the Stevie Vallance’s Tooned In! Animation Voice-over Workshop that I completed in 2009.

 
     
     

 

     
   
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