We had the good fortune of connecting with Café Noir and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Café, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
It came naturally, likely by way of my father being a perpetually creative soul albeit a rolling stone. At an early age I continued to develop it further and as teachers and other creative professionals noticed, here and there I was exposed to their knowledge and experiences that would later help me decide which trade path I’d choose.
Over time, the cross realities of practicality and my refined creative pursuit, I gravitated to the film and tv industry driving me to where I am today.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Since I was 13 years of age, I had a developing interest and skillset in software design but continued practice with other arts such as painting murals, sculpture, technical drawing, welding, fabrication, CAD design and later fashion design.
As I refined my skills and my preferences, my art worlds began to merge digitally into graphic design, animation, and visual effects. However, it wasn’t my intent to come to Hollywood, on the contrary, I avoided Hollywood for the longest time. But eventually my search for work brought me here.
Now I’m a professional motion graphics designer, visual effects artist & 3d generalist for Film & TV with thirteen plus years of extensive agency experience in creating content for a wide variety of clientele.
Some of the films I’ve done work on include Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands: War Within the Cartel (2017), The Darkness (2016), Kidnap (2017), The Happytime Murders (2018), Step Up Revolution (2012), Happy Death Day (2017), Killers (2010), Get Out (2017), Jem and the Holograms (2015), Stephanie (2017) and more.
Some of the music videos I’ve done work on include Switchfoot “Yuppy Words” & “Stars”, T-Pain “Freeze”, Jason Derulo “Riding Solo”, Toby Mac “Boomin”, Fivespeed “The Mess”, Ashley Tisdale “He Said She Said”, Belinda “Ni Freud Ni Tu Mama” & “Bella Traicion”, Jazmine Sullivan “Lions Tigers & Bears”, Margo & The Nukes “Quiet As A Mouse”, Romeo “Can’t Shine Like Me”, JLS “Dreaming”, Escape The Fate “Not Good Enough For Truth In Cliche”, Monster Magnet “Monolithic Baby”, Dizzee Rascal “Fix Up Look Sharp” and more.
Throughout 2020, I’ve done similar work for all the UFC Fight Nights & UFC 246-261 from social media ads, video billboards, broadcast & social media promos.
Recently, I’ve worked on motion design and finishing on The Northman (2022) motion posters/billboards, Morbius (2022) social media ads, Velvet Underground (2021) documentary’s social & broadcast assets, American Underdog (2021) social assets, Flinch (2021) social assets, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent (2022) social assets, and finishing on trailers for The Bree Way, Coded, All My Friends Hate Me, The Larry David Story, Malignant, Ascension, Procession, Rainbow Six Extraction and the re-release of Miracle in Milan.
Beyond VFX, I’ve enjoyed developing software; utilities for generative art and pipeline tools for productivity via Extendscript, IDML, ScriptUI, JQuery, AJAX, JSON, JScript, XML, HTML5, React, Python, MEL, Processing, C.O.F.F.E.E., Applescript, other languages and in various IDEs.
What makes me stand apart from others is my intrinsic interest in Old Hollywood/PreCode, Silent Film, Film Noir, Neo-Noir, Jazz Vocal, Cabaret, Vintage Boudoir, Burlesque as well Goth events and trying to find ways to implement that style into my design when creating content. I’d love to work directly with Turner Classic Movies someday.
So I do keep busy but I’m often hungry for more.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Although it greatly depends on the visiting friends interests, there are wide a variety of venues and events to choose from in Los Angeles county.
On Wednesday we could visit upon Boardners for their Goth evenings entitled “WenzdaysParty” or Saturday for their broader Goth event “Bar Sinister”. Tuesday nights at Rainbow Bar & Grill they host a Vampire-themed event upstairs.
If they were in a jazzy mood, we could venture upon The Airliner for their monthly Swingtronic swing dance/lindy hop event, Burbank Moose Lodge, The Mayflower Club or Cicada for some decadent ballroom dancing with live lindy-esque performances as well a wonderful assortment of food and beverage. The North End in Hollywood has a wonderful aesthetic and regular Burlesque nights. Black Rabbit Rose has regular magic shows and live jazz/ funk shows operated by the Houston Bros who also operate Madame Siam, Dirty Laundry and No Vacancy. No Vacancy is a snazzy speakeasy worthwhile that caters a variety of music; you’ll love their entrance.
A recent favorite of mine is the Escape Hotel LA that now has a second floor restaurant called “Room Number 13” that has food, beverage and on Fri/Sat a fantastic singer, Emily Lopez, who performs a lot of great 20-50s tunes. As well, a new pre-digital arcade bar called “Daddy Diamonds” on Cahuenga Blvd attached to The Record Parlor has become a new favorite I’d lovingly take a visiting friend to.
If they’re craving ramen and beer/sake, I’ve come to enjoy visiting upon a new ramen bar; Kota Ramen. It’s atmosphere, music and floor design is ideal for ramen + sake enjoying experience.
Lastly, if time permitted, we’d visit a new carnival themed restaurant called “Karnevil” with which you’d enjoy a beverage, a snack and procession of vaudeville shows. Perhaps finishing the evening off with classic martinis at Musso & Franks or Micheli’s.
There’s so much more I could share, how much time do I have? Ha!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Throughout the years I’ve been counseled, mentored and both emotionally & technologically supported by a select few. For that I am grateful. Respectfully, I’d to extend a shoutout to Ahlea Khadro, Carlos De Avila, Jennifer Trent, Jason Peterson, Brenda De Flanders, Azariah Owens, Carol Catalano Webb, Shawn Lowen, Philip Matzigkeit, Genna Sharp, Sarah & Artin Daniels, Jared Delgado, Miles Maeda, Jon Chu, Scott Speer, Greg Kupiec, Jason Harvey & Ryan Harvey, Kendra Johnson & Carla North.
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