Jon

dawe

SENIOR MECHANICAL DESIGNER

ABOUT ME

Jon

Dawe

Jon Dawe, a 30+ year master creative mechanical designer - Movie career spanning almost 20 years in film creature FX. 9 yrs finding design challenges in the high-end Contemporary Art world with robotic sculptures. Recently, 5 years in Theme Park Entertainment designing dynamic animatronic figures for rides and attractions. Jon is a prominent expert in finding innovative solutions to seemingly impossible designs, big or small.

 
 

ANIMAX  DESIGNs 

Senior Mechanical Designer  

2015-2020  

Senior Mechanical Designer

Animax Designs is known for creating animatronic characters for some of the largest operators in the world in the themed entertainment, live attractions, and location-based entertainment.

Responsibilities:​

Innovative mechanical designs for Integration with flexible organic shapes. Robust structural weldments. Detailed documentation of parts, assemblies, and weldments. Design for SLS rapid prototyping. Collaborative design work and reviews using SolidWorks & PDM tools. Safety & Failure analysis documentation. Client Interaction, troubleshooting & diagnosis.

McCarthy 

Studios 

Mechanical Designer  

2005 - 2015  

McCarthy Studio is the home of influential American artist Paul McCarthy. McCarthy was immortalized by the NYT with the moniker “The Demented Imagineer,” for his prolific output of large mechanical sculptures/films that lampoon Disney and other Americana.

Responsibilities:​

Design, engineering, and fabrication for mechanical/robotic art sculptures. Collaborated with electronics engineers to integrate custom-developed servo and motion control systems for interaction and show

performance.

Stan Winston 

Studio 

Mechanical Designer  

1992 - 2001

Stan Winston Studio is the Academy Award-winning FX shop that set the industry standard for animatronic creatures and prosthetic makeup in the motion picture industry—known for such classics as the Jurassic Park franchise, Aliens, and Terminator 2.

Responsibilities:​

Design & development of animatronic creatures, characters, and various other mechanical props.

Spectral 

Motion 

Mechanical Designer  

2004 - 2005

Spectral Motion specializes in the design and creation of cinematic creature effects, prosthetic makeup effects, state-of-the-art animatronics, dynamic costumes, and action props. Spectral is a multi-tiered design studio working in film, television, commercials, art gallery installations, and theme parks.

Responsibilities:​

Design & development of animatronic creatures, characters, and various other mechanical props.

Patrick Tatopoulos Design is the personal design studio of famed production designer Patrick Tatopoulos. Patrick's signature style is recognizable in such notable feature films as I, Robot, Independence Day, Underworld, Underworld Evolution, Godzilla, Silent Hill, Van Van Helsing, Dracula, Demolition Man, Alien vs. Predator, and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Responsibilities:​

Design & development of animatronic creatures, characters, and various other mechanical props.

Patrick 

Tatopoulos

Designs 

Mechanical Designer  

2003 - 2006  

 

PRESS / MEDIA

 

Interviews

Journal Citations

Special Effects Filmography

Puppeteer

Filmography

 

Screen Actors Guild - Puppeteer / Performer in good standing since 1990

 

case studies