We hope you’ve enjoyed our ongoing bio series as much as we have. This week we press on with Brennan Steele, who took the long road to New Orleans and TurboSquid, but is certainly doing his best to leave his mark on both.
What’s your job as Associate Producer?
I manage a portion of the content group inspector team, develop custom 3D content for clients, beta test software, swap the CO2 tank out of the soda machine, and design fun content to 3D print on our Makerbot.
We like hearing about how our staff got into 3D modeling. What’s your story?
I studied Architecture at the University of Oregon and was exposed to 3D modeling there. I started work at an architecture firm 7 days after I graduated, and produced construction documents and presentation renderings for 3 years before I quit and went on an 8 month long road trip that eventually landed me here in New Orleans.
You’re involved in several projects outside of TurboSquid. Can you tell us a little bit about them?
1) Atelier Vie LLC – A Startup artisan distillery located in mid-city built from scratch about two years ago with three other partners. Our sugar cane vodka Buck 25 has been available for a couple months now, but our signature spirit Toulouse Red a red absinthe made its debut on December 5th. Our green and white absinthes are still in government testing and label approval, and should be available shortly after the new year.
2) Bebe Brulee – A Burning Man art installation as part of the CORE (circle of regional effigies) project, where over 30 regional burner communities create their own large scale burnable sculptures. After I completed the design of the installation—with the help of Eric Arvidson and Josh Anderson of TurboSquid, and many others—we constructed a 20’ diameter 7’ tall king cake with a 14’ tall king baby standing on top, and successfully delivered it to the desert in Nevada.
3) Cosmic Convergence Festival – An upcoming epic event that celebrates the end of the Mayan calendar countdown and beyond. It will take place in New Orleans at the Sugar Mill on Friday, December 21st, 2012. I’m the production assistant for the event and will be hard at work making sure everything runs smoothly and the world doesn’t come to an end. Come party with me, Ghostland Observatory, and Giorgio A. Tsoukalos, and help us ward off the apocalypse in style!
Favorite thing about TurboSquid?
I really enjoy working for a company with so many direct ties into interesting fields: art, film, design, architecture, and animation just to name a few. Not to mention New Orleans is a fantastic city where there is seldom a dull moment.
Got a favorite model on the site?
Who doesn’t like robots, and dmitriev makes some of the best on the site. His attention to mechanical detail, distressed textures, rigging, and downloadable preview animations are all great.
A parting note…
I’m allergic to chocolate.
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