Outstanding Live Special, Winter Olympics Games, ABC, 1980
Outstanding Live Series, NCAA College Football, ABC, 1979
ANIM 100: Fundamentals of Animation
ANIM 103: Introduction to Digital Art
ANIM 112: Fundamental of 2D Computer Based Animation
ANIM 203: 3D Animation
ANIM 213: Character Design, Rigging and Animation
ANIM 218: Advanced 2D Animation
ANIM 310: The Business of Animation
ANIM 413: Television Graphics
ANIM 450: Special Effects for Film & Television
ANIM 480: Special Projects
ANIM 496: Culminating Project
CTV 645: Tools of the Trade
CTV 646: Special Effects Editing
CTV 650: Special Effects for Film & Television
CTV 638: Advanced Motion Picture Production
Researching how to implement the "One Laptop per Child" education system for the South African education system in conjunction with the ANC.
Because the function of all art is to show God's glory to His people, my philosophy is to help each student mature as a Christian as they mature as artists. Helping them to see God at work through their work is my goal. I feel that my role is to be a mentor until they become colleagues, to help them learn to deal with a world that thinks of being a Christian is limiting rather than freeing. I want to help them find the freedom to be a functioning Christian artist in today's world. I do this through reading, discussion and questioning as we work on honing their skills as animators.
I was born and raised in the Baltimore, MD area where my mother still lives. I have 5 brothers and 1 sister. I have 1 daughter, Kristine, and by the time this is published will have welcomed my first grand baby into this world - Dawson Wade Murchison. I like movies, animation, cooking and reading mystery novels.
My Undergraduate degree is in Theatre from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. My emphasis there was in the technical areas of set and lighting design. After graduation I worked at WJZ-TV in Baltimore for 3 years as the resident set designer and member of the art department. From there I went to New York to work at ABC-TV as a member of their technical engineering staff. I worked in a variety of jobs - sound assistant, camera operator, cable kicker, floor manager, Chyron operator, teleprompter operator, technical director and graphics operator/coordinator. My favorite was, of course, graphics operator/coordinator. In that position I was able to create graphics (and new Emmy winning graphics systems) for such shows as 20/20, Good Morning America, ABC Nightly News, NCAA College Football, Monday Night Football, Monday Night Baseball, several telecasts of World Series, College Bowl Games, Super Bowls, 5 different Olympics, Election and Convention coverage, Kentucky Derbys, Indianapolis 500s, Wide World of Sports, etc. I also learned the art of animating while working on promos for all the above mentioned shows. I have travelled to 46 states and 7 foreign countries while doing this work.
I left ABC to work for a Post Production company in Dallas, Texas so that I could become more proficient in computer animation. I produced graphics for music videos for people like Leon Russell, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. In 1992 I moved back to Baltimore to teach at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. While there, I helped set up the Imaging Research Center and their in-house internship program where we worked on projects like additional animation for the Discovery Network's 5 part series on the brain. From there I came to Virginia Beach to take the job of Animation Director for the Family Channel. I had my own animation company for several years and then folded its assets into Regent University to create the Animation Department here on campus. I teach classes in the areas of Animation Business, Television Graphics, Editing, Special Effects, Maya and basic Tools of the Trade.