About Me

Kevin 'Basir' McKalpain ・ バシア

Highly skilled and multitalented VFX supervisor, camera operator and commercial film producer with 20 years experience in live action production and CG effects for advertising and design. I’ve worked in the Automotive, Fashion, Lifestyle and Film industry as an on-set producer and cameraman as well as post production effects, compositing and finishing. Accustomed to working within clients requirements and performing in tight deadline environments.
 

Nationality: American | Hometown: Detroit, Michigan | Based in: Tokyo, Japan since 2004

History


 

Spade Inc  Spade Inc.

CG Visual FX Supervisor
VFX Supervisor for Entertainment, Advertising, and Automotive industries. Tokyo, Japan.
March 2014 – Current

  • Managed Visual FX CGI projects from beginning to end. Main software 3DS Max
  • Managed software, network rendering and post-production tasks
  • Project scheduling and timing
  • Sim and dynamics using FumeFX, Rayfire, PullDownIt, Thinking Particles, Frost
  • Compositing, Color-Correction, and Finishing using After Effects
  • Red Epic Dragon 6k production and post workflows

 

DMM.com  DMM.com

Creative Director
Branding and Design for overseas market expansion. Tokyo, Japan.
November 2012 – February 2014

  • Responsible for designing a broadband digital media EC website which provides streaming and downloadable digital content including movies, TV dramas, anime, comics, video games and other digital content.
  • Development, marketing support and distribution planning
  • Graphic design and online advertising strategies
  • Creating brand guidelines and art direction

 

Future Sound TV  FutureSound.TV / Ju-X International

Founding Creative Director and Producer
Video production and CG animation for Entertainment and Advertising. Tokyo, Japan.
7+ years. September 2004 – November 2012

  • Produced promotional advertisments for major corporate clients ( see right bar Clients list → )
  • Produced original web shows, promotional events, and video content
  • CG titles and effects using Maya/After Effects
  • Development of FutureSound.TV concept and design
  • Hiring and managing a new team of camera crew, budgeting and payroll

Ford Motor Company  Ford Motor Company

Senior CG Design Visualizer and Animator
Exterior and interior automotive design. Detroit, Michigan.
5 years. December 1999 – August 2004

  • Senior Maya and Alias AutoStudio Animator, interior and exterior
  • Created CG animated digital prototypes for future production cars and trucks using Autodesk Auto Studio/Maya/Mental Ray
  • Worked directly with the ‘pen and paper' design team to showcase new design concepts
  • Created CG scene environments to match the design concept
  • Material and Lighting development
  • 'GLOCAR Concept Animation', created for Ford Brand Imaging Group, featured on The Learning Channel, TLC cable TV network & American Airlines in-flight short film.

 

General Motors, GM  General Motors

CG Surface Modeler and VR Design Team
Exterior and interior automotive design. Detroit, Michigan.
2 years. May 1997 – November 1999

  • CG Animation and digital prototypes for Cadillac, Buick, and Pontiac cars
  • Class-A surface modeling of interiors parts and wheels using Alias AutoStudio
  • Data was shown and reviewed on SGI Power Walls using active stereo Virtual Reality

 

Education


College for Creative Studies  College for Creative Studies

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Industrial Design. Detroit, Michigan
1993 - 1997
Focus on CG Animation for Design and Entertainment industries.
* First Freshman student allowed to study CG CAID animation due to an exceptional entry portfolio.

 

Skills

  • Creative Direction
  • Project Management
  • Motion graphic and title effects
  • Promotional video production for advertising and web campaigns
  • 3D CG animation and visualization for entertainment and design.

Tools

  • Autodesk MAYA/Mental Ray
  • Autodesk 3DS Max / V-Ray
  • Autodesk Alias Automotive / VRED
  • Adobe After Effects, Element 3D, Particular, Video Co-Pilot Plugins, etc.
  • RED Epic 'Dragon' 6K Camera Operator and Post
  • FumeFX, Rayfire, PullDownIt, Thinking Particles, Frost, Forest Pack Pro
  • Final Cut Pro