pix-us

April 2017

PIX-US Welcomes Steve Carnish

Steve Carnish worked at a major signage company where he was a designer, production artist, modeler and marketing guy, before joining the PIX-US team. For years, Steve wanted to work as a full-time 3D modeler, and that’s exactly what he found as a CG artist at PIX-US. “It was either that or go back to bartending full time,” he quips. Steve’s history as a quick study—he’s self-taught on all programs—was integral in his first few weeks with us. Steve thrives when challenged to learn and do more. “So far, I’ve been putting together the scenes and handing them off to other team members to texture and render. It’s been a little intense learning new software, but everyone here has been really helpful. The whole team is fantastic. It’s a relief to focus on my 3D modeling skills.” Born and raised in North Carolina’s Randolph County, Steve keeps busy in his spare time. “I take motorcycle rides to pretty much anywhere the road takes me. I also experiment with cooking different types of food and, as a 20 year veteran in the bar industry, I can mix a mean cocktail.” Steve enjoys music festivals, plays in a dart league and is currently learning cigar box guitar....

PIX-US Welcomes Eileen Heilsnis

A 2015 college graduate, Eileen Heilsnis joins us from Dallas, where she was working as a junior look development artist. “Ultimately, I like creating pretty pictures,” says Eileen. “That’s what I left the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) looking for.” And she’s found it at PIX-US, which is also close enough to her family for weekend visits. While at SCAD, where she majored in visual effects, Eileen worked on a video for NASA with other students in a collaborative learning center. They created a short animation with graphics explaining the purpose of NASA's ICE-Sat 2 satellite. When her mind wasn’t on the stars, Eileen took advantage of historic Savannah. “The town itself is very picturesque 100-year-old oaks and Spanish moss hanging down,” she says. “Our classes were spread all across town by the river or the railroad tracks. The college bought historic houses and turned them into classrooms.” Eileen has enjoyed her first few weeks at PIX-US where she gets to use her lighting, texturing and modeling skills. “Just because I majored in visual effects, doesn’t mean I do explosions or blow things up,” she quips. “There are many disciplines.” In her spare time, Eileen plays video games, watches movies, hikes and explores the outdoors....

PIX-US Welcomes Julia Cox

The PIX-US family is growing! We have three new team members, and this week we’re shining the spotlight on Julia Cox, our new senior designer. Julia is a veteran of the design business, having worked in residential, kitchen and bath, and commercial design sectors. She has spent much of her professional career working in studio photography, something that’s very close to her heart and ours. While employed in High Point’s studio industry, Julia worked with physical sets, oversaw carpenters and other professionals, to get the right look. Now at PIX-US she does all of that with computer software, working closely with clients and CG artists, to create stunning imagery in line with client objectives. “Now instead of meeting with painters and carpenters in a brick-and-mortar studio, I meet with our CG artists,” she says. A graduate of Salem College’s interior design program, Julia wasn’t looking for a new job when we began recruiting her, but after “a three-hour meeting that felt like five minutes,” she was hooked! During her first few weeks at PIX-US, Julia has been learning a lot from the team and vice versa, thanks to her 16 years behind the camera, which promises to be instrumental in creating stunning photorealistic imagery. In her spare time, Julia enjoys time with friends and family, watching the Carolina Panthers and the Tar Heels, playing cornhole, hiking and listening to music....