After completing his studies in Architecture at the University of Cape Town, Alan went on to complete his training as a 3D animator with the Graphics Group, before beginning his career as a 3D designer. His first project was to create the computer graphics for the award winning documentary, “We’ve Got the Power”, which looked at the emerging local music industry in SA. Subsequent commercial projects included animated work for Coca-Cola and the 3D animated fly-through for the Cape Town Olympic presentation to the IOC in 2004.
Having recently completed his work at Siemens Ltd as the in-house architect for the company’s transition to it’s new Midrand headquarters, the Olympic bid re-kindled his passion for design in the virtual 3D space and he spent a year teaching the 3DS Max Introductory course to students at City Varsity, Cape Town.
Following that Alan moved into the film industry, where he used his architecture and 3D skills to pre-visualize set design and construction for a number of television series’ and feature films being shot in and around South Africa and Namibia.
His time at Siemens had also sparked his interest in the emerging mobile handset technology and he joined iTouch Labs as the Content creator, producing animated mobile content for global customers, as well as the graphic design of various web-based interfaces for iTouch clients.
After leaving iTouch he did further contract work with Scan Mobile in the UK, producing animated content for their clients, which included MTV Europe and MTV Asia.
Following that, Alan designed and developed a web & mobile phone pilot project for his company, 5th Digit, which looked at merging language learning with mobile handsets. He was subsequently invited to present the proposal to the International Mobile Learning conference in Cape Town.
In 2005 he was the Lead Animator on “Beyond Freedom”, an animated documentary looking at the life journeys’ of four individuals from diverse backgrounds, during the first ten years of democracy in South Africa.
The documentary was subsequently selected for the short film competition at the 2006 Berlinale Film Festival.
In the same year Alan directed and animated a rotoscoped educational story, “Building Story Bridges to Literacy” for PRAESA’s early literacy program at the University of Cape Town.
At this time, he also completed the ‘Project Management for Design Professionals’ course at the University of Cape Town.
In 2006 he was responsible for the project management of the construction and refurbishment of the new office for Interactive Africa. Upon completion, he was hired to take charge of the construction of the new Gucci store at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.
In 2007 Alan was the Lead Animator on Blue & Red, two commercials for Ogilvy Cape Town, as part of their campaign for Nedbank.
In 2008 he was awarded an Artist in Residence grant as an animator in New York, through the Ampersand Foundation, to further his skills as an artist and continue his research on an ongoing animation project.
In 2009 Alan designed and produced an Interactive CD ROM for South South North, a climate change NGO, funded by the Dutch government, for distribution amongst their global partners.
In 2010 he was a presenter on the Toon Boom Animate Roadshow, where he showcased their Animate PRO software in Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town to industry users.
In 2011 he completed work as an Art Director on ‘Dredd 3D’ a feature film, which was shot at the Cape Town Film Studios, and around the City of Cape Town.
In 2012 he was commissioned as an artist by the MyCiti bus terminal project. His mural ‘South Easter Bunnys’ can be seen at the Table View incoming and outgoing bus stations.
His most recent formal employment was as the Creative Director for Bozza.mobi, a content distribution platform for local artists to upload, share and connect with their fans.
A Pan-African mobile and web based platform, it aimed to provide an environment where musicians, poets and creative people could showcase their work and gain followers.
As Creative Director, Alan was responsible for all the design aspects of the product. These included working closely with the Product Owner to understand the user requirements of the application and how they could integrate within the current software environment.
He was also tasked with creating wireframes based on user scenarios and working these through to full snapshots to be used by the development team as well as liaising with the Marketing team to establish a brand identity that was consistent throughout the platform and compiling brand guidelines as a template for the various content creators to work within.
Embracing the start-up culture, Alan also took responsibility for shooting, photographing, editing and packaging artist performances, interviews and promos for use on the web and the mobile platform.
He was employed for two years in this position, but when the company’s funding was withdrawn in 2014, and subsequently downsized, he chose to leave.
Alan is currently self-employed and works as a freelance designer, animator and architectural consultant.