“Don’t be afraid to try something unfamiliar to you.  To challenge yourself and allow yourself to believe.  Do something that terrifies you every day.  Even with the inevitable and highly probable chance of failure and utter humiliation, at least you can learn something.  When things go wrong and you are at your last thread, remember to listen.  Most likely God is trying to teach you something and even more likely, it will be important and life changing.”

Hello Friends, Fans, and Fellow film fanatics!!

My name is Dawson Burdick. I’m a Visual Effects/Motion Graphics Artist, Filmmaker from Charlotte in North Carolina.  This website is about what a life can be like through filmmaking and how to truly enjoy Experimenting in the world of Visual Effects—and also a little bit about how ‘you’ can learn to do the tricks of the trade as well.  I write my experiences and odd perspectives on this road to Visual Effects that I walk, and on life in general.  You can apply anything you learn in life to your PASSION and I want you to enjoy learning the same way I do.

Now if you really want to know who I am as a person–I am a hobbyist.  I strive to learn a new skill, if not more, every SINGLE day or week if it is possible.  If I am not learning something new, then I don’t want to be a part of it.  My current hobbies, when I am not working on my next Visual Effects project, are playing the piano, writing scripts, analyzing Television Productions, Acrobatics, pen and ink drawing/any kind of art, juggling, and even riding a unicycle!

My past is a strange one as I grew up overseas in Manila, capital city of the Philippines, and my family spent a grand total of 20 years there before moving to Charlotte, North Carolina.  My Father is a Pastor and my family was called as Missionaries to the Philippines–that was the reason we were there.  After making the adjustment of moving to America on my own for college, I took one year of Music Education at Southern Wesleyan University before I switched majors and got an Associates Degree at the Art Institute of Charlotte for Digital Filmmaking and Video Production after 3 years of working towards my Bachelors.

What will I do with it?  We will all just have to wait and see, but for now I am doing Visual Effects and serving the Lord in any way I can and I will continue to do so until the day I die.

I hope that you enjoy reading my blog and stay connected.  Feel free to comment on my posts as well, I enjoy communicating with my readers!

-Gearbendr Signing Out

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