What he does: When Tim Thomson was eight years old, he picked up his parents' Super 8 camera and started making monster movies. Today he is the director of Hot Pixel Action!, a video production collaborative that was founded as a separately branded department of Staging Solutions in 2003.
In his industry, work days don't fit neatly into a 9-5 slot. Besides filming, Thomson sees projects through the research phase; to the scripting, designing, filming and editing; and then to the post-production element.
Part of his time is spent in the corporate realm. Companies approach him with a communication problem that affects their staff and he tries to solve it by creating an explanatory video. Thomson also films live events for corporations.
In addition, Thomson has collaborated with several performing art venues including Catastrophic Theatre, Stages Repertory Theatre and Dominic Walsh Dance Theater. He has also done tech work for TEDx, a symposium for local creative professionals.
What inspires him: Thomson has an admiration for "millions of filmmakers." The fantastical and science fiction have always been important to what he does. "My short attention span keeps me motivated," Thomson laughs, "along with realizing dreams and creating ideas." Some of his proudest moments:
"We have completed a two-and-a-half-year-long documentary project for a major oil company, documenting the construction of their deepest water Gulf production platform to date, a project that involved us from the very first designs and steel cutting all the way up to first oil, with an unparalleled degree of access to the whole operation, including shooting all the way from Corpus Christi and Gulf Coast Louisiana to Norway, Scotland and France," Thomson says.
"We also recently completed a great commission to produce the visitor orientation videos for the new MFAH Bayou Bend Visitor Center, which entailed creating a very widescreen viewing experience (64x9) for several short video topics that can be played back on demand via a kiosk system. These videos detail the life of Ima Hogg and the history of her collection; the extensive gardens at the house; and an in-depth look at the Bayou Bend collection itself."
Why he likes it: Thomson says, "I've always been a filmmaker."
Days after graduating from high school, he got a job working for a TV station. Soon after, he and a group of his friends who worked together professionally started filming for fun on the weekends. He got involved in the Houston music scene by shooting music videos.
Projects have taken him around the world, into theater and into corporations, but his pride in working in whatever venue arises from "the ability to create something unexpected," he says.
If not Houston, then where? Boulder, Colorado; New York City; and Barcelona are some of the cities he's worked and liked. But Houston is home.
"It's hard to imagine anywhere else," he says.
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