Hey folks, Mark here.
I'm an academic in the international development field, but my background includes teaching digital video editing in AVID and FCP, filmmaker mentoring, half-assed web design , tv & film production, broadcast news reporting and Spanish--> English translation. Yup, a mixed bag.
My current position at a university in Mexico includes some web-work (see my post elsewhere in the forums).
Although I've been in Mexico for a decade and counting, my heart & soul are back in the blueberry patch of Nova Scotia, Canada.
I speak English natively, Spanish passably, French horribly and a smattering of other words in various languages that will serve to acquire the essentials (food, beer, place to sleep).
I've played with Hype over the past few years, but haven't had a reason to do much with it. A couple of conference websites (pre- and post) are where my current interest in Hype lie.
My technical level is "Mac Guru" who recognizes his limitations. In Hype terms, I'm a novice.
Other design tool: Pixelmator is amazing. Or would be, if it had CMYK
Animated film: so many to choose from. Let's say Wall-E, the first 10 minutes of Up!, Rango, The Big Snit (NFB short)...