Scott Paul Dunham | www.semafx.net
What do you do?
I founded The SEMAFX Network, an awesome digital artist networking community in Michigan. We are celebrating 17 years of networking, collaboration and inspiration! In the daylight, I work with special needs kids at our local high school. In the wee hours, I do design, animation, visual effects- and run SEMAFX. I also cook.
What do you see as the biggest opportunity in your industry?
We ride the waves of new techniques and evolving technology. As a community, SEMAFX offers support and mentoring, to increase skills, promote high quality, professionalism, a strong work ethic and customer service. We get together to pas on these values to news generation of artists. Networking is crucial to success, and we work to promote our Craft and inspire new businesses and industries, by applying the new tools for creating amazing, high end visualization.
What impact will changes in your industry have on consumers? the world?
We have already seen so much change, and as entrepreneurial artists and visionaries, we embrace new tools and techniques, to create new industries and new markets, to keep our community on the leading edge!
What is your biggest goal right now?
Building a strong community that works together to inspire, support, mentor, collaborate and share. Connect with schools, teachers and their students, to guide them into a successful career in visualization.
What kind of support or types of people do you need to accelerate your success?
More toolmakers, gurus and industry leaders to come and speak, in person or with Google Hangout, etc… to help keep our community on the leading edge. Sponsors to provide support so we can offer more training, support and inspiration!
What makes you or your work different from everybody else?
I have become known as the hub of the animation and digital community. My meetings are legend. Through SEMAFX, I’ve helped create jobs and inspire entire new businesses. I was personally instrumental in the pioneering of Detroit’s 3D automotive visualization industry- I coined the term “Virtual Garage.” That’s what we call the accurate modeling and rendering of photo-realistic automotive parts and vehicles for sales and marketing. Most of the local car companies still use this term.