Dakota Hopkins

Motion Designer / Compositor

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Work Experience

Freelance Motion Designer

October 2015 -


Motion Design Apprentice

July 2015 - October 2015 Illinois, United States

TV Land

Animator/Designer Intern

Motion Designer Intern creating on-air motion graphics and design for the Brand Creative Group at TV Land.
May 2014 - August 2014 New York, New York, United States

Primal Screen

Motion Media Design Intern

Aided this growing studio in a variety of critical client projects. Creatively oversaw, designed, and animated 2D & 3D on-air broadcast spots for Nickelodon and in-house projects using Maxon Cinema 4D and After Effects. Composited visual design elements and animation into final sequences in After Effects to embrace clients’ messaging under tight deadlines.
May 2013 - August 2013 Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Ringling College Of Art And Design

Motion Designer for President's Office

Created multimedia print designs, animated works, and VFX composites using After Effects, Cinema 4D, and Nuke for Ringling Public Relations and in-house promotion over numerous projects as a freelance Motion Designer for the Ringling College Office of the President.
November 2013 - Present Sarasota, Florida, United States

Meoli Digital

Digital Artist & Retoucher

Digitally manipulated, color corrected, and composited final imagery for this well-established commercial photography studio in 100+ client projects in both print and digital mediums using Adobe Photoshop, Capture One, and Media Pro. Successfully communicated client objectives through striking imagery created in a team environment under deadline.
June 2011 - Present Saint Louis, Missouri, United States


Web Designer / Developer

Built and maintained entire website and backend systems for this creative representative agency using PHP, WordPress, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Managed web servers per client needs in creating a digital brand for this agency. Created dynamic email marketing campaigns sent to thousands of creative professionals and advertising agencies worldwide.
July 2010 - Present Saint Louis, Missouri, United States

Meoli Digital

Photographer Assistant & Digital Technician

Assisted lead photographer in on-location and in-house production process of commercial photography for countless client projects. Set up camera systems, built set lighting, and managed all image acquisition and processing from on-set to digital asset management using Capture One and Media Pro.
June 2009 - Present Saint Louis, Missouri, United States

McCord Design Group

Freelance Designer & Developer

Various client work in design, image manipulation, and email marketing design and development.
May 2012 - July 2012 Saint Louis, Missouri, United States

Group360 Worldwide

Photographer Assistant

Photo Assistant on various jobs at various times as a photographer assistant and digital technician.
June 2012 - July 2012 Saint Louis, Missouri, United States

Meoli Digital

Archival Specialist

Digital asset management and digital pipeline management for media production and archival of all this studio's assets.
June 2007 - June 2009 Saint Louis, Missouri, United States


Ringling College Of Art And Design

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Motion Design

Motion Design graduate of the Ringling College of Art + Design. President's List, 2012–2014.
August 2011 - May 2015 Florida, United States


American Advertising Federation (AAF) - ADDY Awards

Student Gold ADDY for "Support the Arts PSA"


American Advertising Federation (AAF) - ADDY Awards

Student Silver ADDY for "Intimacy"


Adobe - Design Achievement & MAX Awards

Semifinalist in Animation for "Ideation – Sarasota Film Festival"


Adobe - Design Achievement & MAX Awards

Semifinalist in Animation for "Cartoon Network + Nickelodeon IDs"



Acrobat, After Effects, Animation Principles, Audition, Capture One, Cinema 4D, Color Theory, Commercial Photography, Compositing, CSS, Design Layout And Composition, Digital Asset Management, Digital Imaging, Dragonframe, Expressive Motion Design, Hiero, HTML, Illustrator, Image Manipulation, Indesign, Java, JavaScript, Lightroom, Mac OS X, MAYA, Media Pro, Modo, Nuke, Photoshop, PHP, Premiere, Python, Typography, Unix, V-Ray Renderer, Visual Effects, Windows Os, ZBrush,


Proficient: After Effects, Cinema 4D, Nuke, Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, Premiere, Audition, InDesign, DaVinci Resolve, Capture One, Media Pro, RED Epic + Scarlet, RED Cine-X, HTML, CSS, Mac OS X, UNIX, Windows OS.

Working Knowledge: V-Ray Renderer, DragonFrame, Hiero, PhotoScan, VDMX, Java, JavaScript, Python, PHP, Maya, ZBrush, Mudbox, Modo, Mari, RealFlow, Logic Pro.