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James Burns

170 Boulevard SE | Unit E419

Atlanta, Georgia 30312



Over 25 years experience in the production of television graphics, from conception, to the production of the individual components (including 3D elements), to the final composited final. Well-versed with all major graphic packages, including the Adobe Creative Suite, and especially After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Flash. Knowledgable in utilizing a combination of 2D and 3d software to achieve design goals, most recently relying on 3D Newtek's LightWave 3D and Maxon's Cinema 4D.

Very knowledgeable in website production, utilizing HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Flash, and PHP technologies. I'm a great believer in producing sites that support web standards, display information clearly, and degrade gracefully on less powerful browsers.

In the past I've learned all sorts of technologies; the Quantel Paintbox and Flash Harry, Avid Media Illusion, various Alias-Wavefront software packages, Kaleidoscope and Kadenza, Chyron Scribe, Chyron Infinit, Abekas A64, Diskus and A53D, Sony D1000 and 2100 VTRs, GVC 200 switcher, GVG 51E, and CMX editor. Working experience with the Avid Media Composer, Avid Symphony, Ampex ADO, Abekas A62, Chyron 4100, and the Ampex Century Series switcher.

Possesses the unusual combination of design, verbal, problem solving, as well as technical skills.


Savannah College of Art and Design/Atlanta, Georgia
September 2009-Present
Adjunct Professor/Motion Media Design
I’m teaching 2 Motion Media classes, utilizing some of the accumulated knowledge of decades of television graphic design.
James Burns Design / Atlanta, Georgia
August 1999-Present
Graphic Designer/Animator/Renaissance Man
I’m providing my clients with a variety of services, and emphasizing good design solutions for their communication needs.
Gannett Production Services / Atlanta, Georgia
August 1992-August 1999
Graphic Designer/Editor
Responsible for the design, visualization, and implementation of opens, promotions, commercials and graphics for various clients of GPS. Production includes complete station packages for several Gannett-owned stations, as well as graphics for a wide variety of commercials.

Initiated the Digital Graphics division of GPS.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. / Atlanta, Georgia
April 1988-July 1992
Graphic Designer/Animator
Designed and produced opens, promotions, and support graphics for TBS, TNT, CNN, Headline News, as well as sales-oriented divisions of Turner. Projects entailed complete package design involving the creation of 2D and 3D elements, animation design, complex layering techniques, production design, set design, logo creation, and implementation.

Responsible for establishing the Wavefront/3D capabilities of Turner Production Graphics.

Television by Design, Inc. / Atlanta, Georgia
December 1985-March 1988
Graphic Designer
Created original broadcast logo design and electronic television graphics.

Responsibilities included the maintenance of client packages and the creation of original animation. TVbD clients included more than 35 broadcast stations nationwide.


Received a BFA from The University of Cincinnati; School of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning. March 1981.


April 2001.
Attended NAB.

August 1985, 1986, 1988, 1991 ,1994, 1995, and 1997.
Attended Siggraph computer graphics seminar.

October 1990
Attended training at Wavefront in Santa Barbara, California.

April 1986, 1987, and 1999
Attended BDA/BPME seminars.


June 1998
Awarded a Southeastern Regional Emmy for outstanding achievement.

Fall 1995
Awarded 2 Best of Gannett Awards for outstanding news animations.

May 1995
Awarded Associated Press Award for Best News Series.

June 1993, 1994, 1995, and 1996
Nominated six times for the Southeastern Regional Emmys.

April 1990 and April 1991
Awarded Abekas Corporation’s Global Award for technical achievements.


Computer graphics, digital scene simulation, video animation, user interface design, object-oriented programming, multimedia, computer-aided design and illustration.


...are available upon request.

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