Animation / Modeling / Special FX

3D Animation Magic is the internet home of Steve Davidson, Animator & SFX Designer, a professional in 3D animations and graphics for video productions, broadcast ID packages, TV commercials, industrial process animation, product visualization, architectural walk-throughs, and green screen compositing.

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." - Arther C. Clarke


Places I've been and things I've done.


3D/2D Freelance, 3D Animation Magic, Margate, FL

Create 2D/3D animation and special effects for digital video. Clients range from direct marketing to virtual 3D visualization of inventions. Although most clients’ animation requirements are video for broadcast, as today’s video technology changes, clients also require other forms of digital media, such as DVD, HTML5 video, QuickTime movies, YouTube, MP4, AVI, etc. Animations are created using Softimage XSI, Adobe Creative Suite - Master Collection, Particle Illusion software, and others. I have worked with many clients that use my services to produce broacast commercials, industrial training, and even legal animations used in court. I am also fully versed in print graphics.


Assistant Art Director, RMS Networks, Inc., Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Lead artist in the graphics department. Designed and created broadcast graphics and 3D animation used for in-store broadcast networks and Comcast cable broadcast advertising spots. Assisted and managed other artists in the department. Help coordinate the production schedule of the graphics department with the video editing production schedule. Software required to use included Softimage 3D, Adobe After Effects, Photoshop, CorelDraw, Illustrator, Illusion, Poser, and some Bryce to produce the graphical elements required for network shows.


Owner/Operator - Magic FX, Inc., Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Independent graphics and animation production facility located within BRT Video Productions. Worked with two other animators to produce all the in-house requirements of BRT Video, in addition to our own independent contract work.


Animation Production Director, Smoke & Mirrors, Inc., Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Produced broadcast graphics and animation using Softimage 3D, Matador 2D, Photoshop, CorelDraw, Elastic Reality, and various other graphics software. Produced national advertising spots as well as 3D animated architectural walk-through of large-scale construction projects.


3D Animation Instructor, School of Communication Arts, Raleigh, NC.

Taught the 3D animation class which was based on the 3DStudio, Photoshop, CorelDraw, and PageMaker software. Developed the advanced 3D animation production class, which was based on the Softimage 3D software running on the SGI platform.


Freelance 3D Animation Artist, Raleigh, NC

Designed and maintained a 3D and 2D Animation and graphics department for the in-house video production department at Carolina Power & Light. Transformed the graphics production equipment from a PC based Cubicomp Picturemaker to an SGI based Softimage 3D with Matador compositing graphics station. Provided all the broadcast and print graphics for the video production department.


Stuff I can do.

3D Modeling

Products and processes can be modeled in 3D. I use photometry, scanning, and 3d modeling software to produce 3D models that can be used in a variety of CAD and animation programs. Surface textures and colors are created using various software and digital painting techniques.

3D Animation

3D models can be animated using 3D animation software. The motion can be captured from real life objects, if needed. I can add particle effects with flow simulation and collisions.

Digital Paint

I use a pressure sensitive tablet/display to create digital paintings that can be used in illustrations, animations, and print medium. I primarily use Photoshop, in addition to other software packages I use in creating digital artwork.


Rotoscoping is an animation technique that animators use to trace over footage, frame by frame, to produce realistic action. Originally, animators projected photographed live-action movie images onto a glass panel and traced over the image. This projection equipment is referred to as a rotoscope. It is now done digitally in the computer.

Green Screen

Items can be shot on green screen, so that anything green becomes transparent. I can take any green screen footage and incorporate it into animations. Green screen footage can also be inserted into 3D scenes.

Broadcast Commercials

I have extensive experience producing 3D Animation, Special Effects, and Rotoscoping to create content for broadcast TV commercials. I can produce from a treatment or script.


My 3D Animation and SFX demo reel.


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Ft. Lauderdale, FL