Hornet 62

* New work
creative research
Personal project

2022— Professional-Motion/Video Graphex #53 Award (Art Directors Club of Tulsa).

2021— Gold Award, Motion Graphics/Effects : Horizon Interactive Awards
USS Hornet (CVS-12) was an Essex-class aircraft carrier built for the United States Navy during World War II and completed in late 1943. Her primary mission, along with the task group, was detecting and, if necessary, destroying enemy submarines.

I grew up listening to my stepfather's stories as a Navy Veteran aboard the USS Hornet Aircraft Carrier. His memories were even more vivid as he paired his fascinating stories with the Hornet-62 cruise book. The book features anecdotes and photographs of the carrier's task group and the assigned missions during its deployment. I often see these books as movies, waiting to be watched one page at a time. Historical books such as Hornet-62 continue to fascinate me to this day. I particularly enjoy the textures and subtle imperfections of the film photographs. I find it fascinating to imagine the static illustrations, maps, photographs, and other intricate details in motion as I turn each page.
Original Hornet cruise book
I took on the mission to design a motion sequence for the Hornet-62 cruise book as an alternative way to experience this captivating book in 1 minute. In the creative process, I selected, scanned, and (2D/3D) animated significant moments within the visual narrative of the book as a way to visualize the heroic spirit of Hornet and its crew.

Music/Authors ::: We Need a Hero,
ASCAP IPI 792929876, 792929974

The Evidence of the Unseen

Thesis  project 1
Social awareness
Experimental Methods

2020— Honorable Mention in Graphex #51 (Art Directors Club of Tulsa).  
The Evidence of the Unseen visualizes the reality of undocumented immigration as manifested on the southern border with Mexico. For most immigrants, the desert route is not optional, since certain points of entry are more secure than others. This unequal border security causes a funneling effect, which leads immigrants towards the hostile Sonoran desert terrain.

This begs the question, why not apply for a visa? For most Latin American immigrants, it is extremely challenging to earn a visa to enter the U.S. This process requires proof of enough valuable assets or a U.S. sponsor—obtaining a visa is challenging for most low-income families.

This motion piece is a critique of the current U.S. border law and its unequal security strategies. On the other hand, it is a »moving image discourse« that brings awareness about this current humanitarian issue. It is a visual discourse that demands from the audience an individual interpretation.

Immigrant Poem

Thesiss project 2
Social awareness

Experimental Methods

2023— MACAA Virtual Exhibition, Abstract Borders:
Reflections on Belonging︎︎︎.

2020— Graphex #51 Award (Art Directors Club of Tulsa).

The migration method and reasons for most immigrants depend on location, unequal job opportunities or the denial of visas, which forces immigrants and their families to travel as undocumented. In this motion sequence, a Latin American immigrant narrates his experience from a train crossing Mexico into the U.S. border. In the midst of darkness, this unknown immigrant hides inside an old and dark train wagon. He can only see lights seeping from the wagon’s rusted corners and cracks. Through the glimpses of light, flashbacks appear and disappear as the train continues the long dark journey.

Immigrant Poem places the viewer in an environment that is partially unknown. With subtle light abstractions, the viewer is drawn to an experience of listening, reading, and observing. The poetic mise-en-scène evokes the sad and lonely journey that most Latino immigrants must endure.


Practical effects
Experimental Methods
Promotional video

2020— Graphex #51 Award (Art Directors Club of Tulsa).
2019— AIGA Flux. 2019 Award. 
During my time as an MFA candidate at Oklahoma State University, I had the opportunity to collaborate with—Do Kim︎︎︎—a fellow grad student. We designed a bumper to introduce the three main focuses of the OSU graduate design program [Motion, Interaction & Visual Communication].

We decided to restrain ourselves with iPhone and GoPro cameras. In this collaboration, we captured dynamic and experimental footage by shooting through magnifying lenses and multiple glass objects. The goal of this project was to create practical motion effects— this process allowed us to abstract letterforms and discover the possibilities when the creative process is guided by pure intuition. The final motion sequence is a montage of spontaneous results.

Harlem Heat Project 

Social awareness

“More people die in the U.S. each year from heat-related illnesses than from hurricanes or other natural disasters combined. The Harlem Heat Project explores the public health risks of urban heat, using a combination of crowd-sourcing, data reporting, and narrative journalists. The project is produced by WNYC, AdaptNY, and ISeeChange, with community partners WE ACT for Environmental Justice and WHCR radio helping to get the word out and explore potential solutions”. — WNYC Studios

I became aware of this social issue after my first trip to New York City during the Summer of 2016. As a way to promote awareness— I did some research and decided to focus my first grad motion project to serve as the voice for many that have to live under uncomfortable conditions in NYC public housing.
mariofbm [at] auburn . edu
Graphic/Motion Designer + educator Based in auburn, ALabama