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Nwar
Board To Death
Cool School Button
Fish Out Of Water
Choosito Button
Socknapped
Birds of a Feather

Playing Duke Ellington Dan Markowitz
Playing Duke Ellington
TVPaint
A frame-by-frame animation drawn in TVPaint. For this assignment, I was given a short excerpt from Jules Feiffer's memoir, "Backing into Forward," and asked to animate the scene to music.

The Hunter Becomes Dan Markowitz
The Hunter Becomes...
TVPaint, After Effects
An "illustrated story" about a game which starts out dangerous, then becomes the most dangerous, then less dangerous, then about trees, and finally about pelicans.

Sand and Stars Dan Markowitz
Sand & Stars
Stop-Motion Photography
A stop-motion animation made from soil on a light table. Loosely based on a Walt Whitman poem.

Home Is Where I Neatly Hang My Hat Dan Markowitz
Home Is Where I Neatly Hang My Hat
TVPaint, Digital Photography
For this assignment, I was asked to tell a story of my "home" using photography, frame-by-frame animation, text, and narration.

Product Design Dan Markowitz
Product Design
Stop-Motion Photography
A stop-motion animation made with books, scissors, hammers, and more, about product design.

Rise And Shine Dan Markowitz
Rise And Shine
Live-Action Film, Final Cut Pro
An experimental film involving multiple channels to depict a branching story. I storyboarded, wrote, directed, shot, and edited it myself.

Modern Man Biopond Dan Markowitz
Modern Man
Live-Action Film, Final Cut Pro
A "visual poem" set to a reading of "Modern Man" by George Carlin. The film was shot, and then effects were added in Final Cut Pro.

Easy Money Dan Markowitz
Easy Money
Live-Action Film, Final Cut Pro
A short dialog exercise for a film class, involving discussion of a bank robbery. As with my other films, I did everything but act. The script can also be read here.

The Gift Dan Markowitz
The Gift
Maya
A short animation involving a dinosaur who discovers a gift in the desert. I did everything involved, including modeling, rigging, and animating, myself.

Robot Versus Skateboard Dan Markowitz
Robot Vs. Skateboard
3D Studio Max
A short animation involving a battle between a robot and his natural predator, a skateboard. I did everything involved, including modeling, rigging, and animating, myself.

The Bat And The Hat Dan Markowitz
The Bat And The Hat
Flash
A frame-by-frame animation made in Flash. The assignment was to convey 8 basic actions: press, thrust, glide, dab, wring, float, slash, and flick.

Blocked Out Dan Markowitz
Blocked Out
After Effects
An animation made in After Effects. The assignment was to take a piece of artwork (I chose Mondrian's "Blue Plane") and challenge it: I pitted his bold lines against a mischevious ball.

One Gel At A Time Dan Markowitz
One Gel At A Time
Live-Action Film, Final Cut Pro, Photoshop
A short documentary interview with Dr. Lonny Levin, illustrated with brief animations and cartoon cutaways.

Cleaning Supplies
Clean Sweep
Live-Action Film, Final Cut Pro, Maya, Photoshop
A short film involving competing cleaning supplies. Also, textured models of cleaning supplies that I creating Maya and Photoshop.

The Head Dan Markowitz
The Head
Maya
A model of a human head that I created in Maya. Contains two turn-tables, one with contours visible, one without.

Captain Pessimist Dan Markowitz
The Brief Adventures of Captain Pessimist
Maya
A short animation involving cynical superhero, Captain Pessimist. I modeled, textured, rigged, and animated this myself. Captain Pessimist can also be found in The Pancake Chronicles.

Explosions Dan Markowitz
Explosions!
C++, BOOST Library, OpenGL
A physically based simulation of explosions that I programmed with Omar Maskati. This was based on the paper “Animating Suspended Particle Explosions” (Feldman, O'Brien, Arikan).
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