We had the good fortune of connecting with David Wave and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi David, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Taking risks is imperative to success. If you only work within your comfort zone and never push the boundaries, you’re limiting your chances of success tremendously. I grew up in a very small town in Spain, Girona, about 90 miles outside Barcelona. To achieve my dream of working in Hollywood movies, I accepted a two-week job offer and left everything behind, with no guarantee of what the future would hold. I’m happy to say that because I took that chance, I’ve worked on some fantastic projects that I would have never imagined would come my way.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What sets my art apart from others is that I believe in mixing digital and analog styles when crafting a piece. The computer is just one more tool, not the only resource for creating great art. For example, I love making my own textures. Typically, I will use some photography and/or stop motion techniques combined with 3D digital designs that I comp all together using the computer. However, my favorite part of the process is getting my hands dirty and manually crafting the piece’s tone offline. Using traditional techniques and combining them with today’s technology is something that I believe contributes to my unique design style.
I love the juxtaposition of a futuristic/digital style mixed with traditional techniques. It helps bring the animations to life, and they feel more organic— less produced looking than with plugins or using digital-only methods.
The path to success is never easy; it’s a continual learning process. The trick is to put forth your best effort and consistently deliver great work, no matter how big or small the project is. I find that my process and style are forever evolving, so there’s always an opportunity to learn along the way. I always push to over-deliver on every project and continue to produce my very best work.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I think this is my favorite question thus far, as I am a HUGE foody and love entertaining. I definitely spend most of my time on the westside of LA, it’s a more relaxed beach vibe and local town feel. Something I definitely appreciate being from Barcelona and also where I reside with my wife and son. As a Venice Beach local, I would of course take this person to our weekend hangout spots: Gjelina or Gjusta for lunch/brunch. You can never go wrong with either. Then we would cruise Abbot Kinney on our bikes or walk, take in the scenery, and maybe hit up the beach for a couple of hours. Grab an evening espresso at Deux Machina, and relax on their patio before dinner. Tasting Kitchen and Scopa are two of my favorite dinner spots on the Westside and right in our backyard — so we would definitely visit those restaurants for dinner throughout the week. I’m also a huge fan of Fia in Santa Monica for their weekend brunch/dinner and also enjoy dining al fresco at Casa Del Mar’s restaurant for a drink and some appetizers. I would be remiss not to mention our favorite Mexican hangout joint, La Cabana, we visit this place weekly and have celebrated many birthdays/special occasions on their patio. It’s also open until 3AM, so it was our late night eating spot, and reminded me of home where everything is always open late.
I would of course cross the 405 for any friend or family visiting, and show them the typical eastside sites. A good downtown rooftop (Perch, Upstairs at the Ace Hotel, or Broken Shaker) is always a safe bet. Maybe catch a Dodger or Laker game (I always have a blast watching a live sporting event). One of my fav restaurants in the city is actually in the basement of our old apartment building downtown and across from the Staples Center, Broken Spanish. Such an amazing chef and atmosphere — can never go wrong there. I also love EP/LP rooftop in Weho, huge fan of the new Pendry hotel, and Everleigh is always a good idea for a meal.
During the week I would also explore Manhattan Beach and Malibu, neighboring beach towns that have some amazing restaurants and shops. Overall, I wouldn’t try to pack too much in our visitor’s agenda, but it’s easy to get carried away in LA because each part of the city is so different and has multiple vibes. At the end of the day, I moved here from such a long distance, so there are days I still feel like a tourist in my own city…
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’ve been lucky enough to work with some of the industry’s best television and film title creators, who continue to inspire me daily. When I first arrived in LA, I reached out to Danny Yount. He was very kind and took a chance on me. While working with him, I learned the importance of being extremely demanding with each deliverable. He also taught me to constantly push myself to the limits to deliver the highest quality of work to each client. While working at Yu+Co for nearly three years, I had the chance to learn all about the title design industry. From pitching to presenting, and everything in between, I’ve had the opportunity to work with A-List Hollywood directors on several blockbuster films. I’ve recently got an Emmy Nomination for my work on WandaVision thanks to the collaboration with the studio Perception in NY and their stellar team such as Executive Creative Director John LePore, Creative Director Doug Appleton, producer Eric Daly and 3D Lead Nick Woythaler. I also enjoy working remotely with Creative Director Steven Panicara and Managing Director Jared Doud at Ranger and Fox in LA, the vibe is great!. And last but not least, my most recent collaboration was with Elastic Studio in Santa Monica, and by far, it has been one of my best studio experiences in my career. I worked with the Creative Director Paul Mitchell and Art Director Carlo Sa, 3D lead Lee Buckley, editor Jessica LeDoux and an all-star of 3D designers and animators. I was gladly surprised by how talented the team was, and there were no attitudes or egos like you get at most big studios. Each individual was focused on doing their best work and collaborating with others to make a stellar end product.