Dan Hopen


Animation and Visual effects

Emmy award-winner Dan Hopen has been producing animation and visual effects in New York since his ground-breaking years at the renowned NYIT Computer Graphics Lab.  Throughout an illustrious career, he has produced commercial work for Armani, Calvin Klein, MTV, Sting, the Jackson family and the Sinatra family, amongst many other top tier clients.  Dan co-founded the digital media and effects company Great Big TV, which was the creator of the first virtual-studio production to win an Emmy for a major network primetime show.

Concurrent with all of this; Dan has taught at the Ringling College of Art and Design – a leading world-class animation institution.   There he trained and mentored many students, many of whom have since been hired by major CGI studios. Trained as a classical animator, Dan brings a hands-on animator’s feel and offers the full spectrum of production skills, be that creating 3D, 2D, virtual studio or motion-graphics.

Professional Experience

Aug. 2011 – Present
Ringling College of Art and Design, Professor, Sarasota, FL
• Educate students in the broad area of Motion Design and its related disciplines including broadcast video/graphics software, sound design, animation, special effects and film and TV production.
• Researcher and implementation specialist for state-of-the-art new media tools including compositing and emerging special effects technologies (eg. Nuke, Sapphire plug-ins).
2002 – Present
Great Big TV, President, Principal and Director, 79 Fifth Avenue, 14th Floor, NYC, NY 10003
1999 – 2002
Sorceron, Senior VP and Creative & Technical Director, NYC, NY
1992 – 1999
New York Film & Animation Company, Creative Director, NYC, NY
• Responsible for all video department logistics/operations and client relations
• In charge of all video/animation/special-effects/editorial production for broadcast, film and special venues
• Researcher and implementation specialist for MPEG-4 and related internet formats
• Regularly direct, animate and produce television commercials and web content for fortune 500 companies
• Responsible for all computer, video and related system infrastructure maintenance and procurement
1985 – 1992
New York Institute of Technology Computer Graphics Laboratory, Animator/Editor, NYC, NY
• Responsible for designing, animating and producing video and film for a variety of venues
• Assisted senior system programmers and “beta” tested new graphics software
• Produced digital music and effects for animations and video productions
• Created many proprietary Unix based shell programs for complex animations/special-effects
1994 – 1998
New York Institute of Technology, Assistant Professor- Adjunct, New York, NY
• Created “Philosophy of New Media in the Arts” course for Masters Degree candidates
• Introduced students to broadcast video/graphics software, internet tools, animation and film production
Sheridan College, Digital Music Production Professor, Oakville, Ontario, Canada
• Created workshop to teach graduate students how to coordinate music with animation

Honors and Awards: Was principal, director and producer for New York Film and Animation’s TV show which produced an Emmy Award winning virtual-studio production: “The CBS News/Time 100” primetime television series
• New York Institute of Technology post-graduate presidential scholarship recipient
• Production team member that produced the Emmy Award winning “CBS sports opening” animation
• Contributing video artist/animator at multiple Siggraph exhibitions
• Presenter at Imagina in Monte Carlo and NAB in Las Vegas on topic of Virtual Studio Production
• Listed on www.imdb.com as “CGI Supervisor” for the famous director Sydney Lumet’s feature film “Critical Care”