Another day at the office


The process of photo surveying  involves taking multiple photographs (50-100)  from various angles of an object which is then used by 3D software such Photoscan to create a 3D model.


Today I was photographing Crucifixes for Penny Dreadful Season 3.  An average of 70 shots each, and there were 10 different variations.


No prizes for guessing what I’ll be seeing when I close my eyes to go to sleep tonight…….

Penny dreadful Season 3

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For the last four months I’ve been working on the Showtime TV Series Penny Dreadful currently  shooting it’s 3rd season at Ardmore Studios, Bray Ireland.  I’m in the VFX department working with Supervisor James Cooper and much of my work has been under NDA so I can’t really post much, until the show airs that is …




london baby

LONDON BABY focuses on the relationship of two women, Lauren and Natalie, who live together in London.

As the strong-willed Lauren looks to secure their relationship with a child, free spirited Natalie seeks ways to maintain her freedom.

The short films proposes that deep down in our hearts, we all know the reason we are alone.

The film runs 12 minutes and  features an all star indy soundtrack with  Clap your Hands and Say Yeh,  Arpline and Cuushe.  Shot guerrilla style using canon 7D & Nikkor primes.

Staring Aimee Rivers & Suzanne Wilson / Written – Aimee Rivers / Produced – Aimee Rivers & Suzanne Wilson /  Director, Editor & Cinematographer – Adam H Stewart

timeline animations


I came across the example above with a youTube search. I don’t know much about the creator but it looks to my eye to be fully created in  After Effects. it is unlikely that any  3D models were used are some particle effects and likely stock footage elements.


A very clean example. It looks to have been created using After Effects with the plug in SURE TARGET. It relies heavily on illustrated vector elements. Apart from the tedious music it’s not bad work. It does get a little tedious,  illustrating how important it is to change up the tricks you use to keep the viewer interested.


This isn’t exactly a timeline, but  it is a great example of making old photography come alive . This piece of music is also great and they’re is nice sound design and over all graphic treatment and great use of minimal stock footage like birds, nicely done.


This is some of my work from my time at 1K Studios in sunny California. Not exactly a timeline per say,  it was created using static photography with place holders for photographs. The camera moves and moving images in the picture frames  were add in post with After Effects. Lots  of work went into Props and lighting for this animation and that is were the majority of the time was spent. The Art Director and Animator was the mega talented HIDEO IGAWA.


This is a much more complex, with heavy use of full 3D CGI models, sound design and documentary style footage, it’s quite brilliant created by  the PIC, if you want to know more check this great article at THE ART OF THE TITLE


With heavy use of particle systems this is an eye catching timeline of sorts. Similar to The Kingdom you also have great use of video footage threaded through the sequence. You also notice how important music is for setting the tone of a piece. Find out more here THE ART OF THE TITLE







elgin park

As a model maker in the 3D realm I find this story fascinating.   ‘Elgin Park is a lot of things: a 1950’s utopia, a fantastical world, and an optical illusion. Artist Michael Paul Smith’s imaginative town – composed entirely of miniatures.’  

View Michaels work on his Flickr page:

Director: Danny Yourd (
Cinematographer: John Pope
Production Company: Animal (
Editor: Mike LaHood
Sound Design/Mix: Defacto Sound

bluemarlin 2015

2D & 3D animation, editing and sound design created under contract for the award winning international branding company bluemarlin in London. software used After Effects, Cinema 4D and Premiere. Creative director: Ian Catling. Communication Director: Aimee Rivers.

best cinematography

When you’ve been editing  footage you shot for as long as I have have it’s really  refreshing  to just sit back and enjoy something you didn’t shoot or edit.  This round up of the best cinematography of 2014 comes from Jacob T. Swinney  & the website No Film School.

I fully expect my current experimental masterpiece ‘sooner or Later I will change’ to be included in next years edit. there is a shot in there from ‘gone girl’ if you’ve read my post me & david fincher you’ll know just how close I am.

Lemon Druids

futuristic clockwork druids for lemon magazine Kubrick issue
futuristic clockwork druids for lemon magazine

I have the opportunity of a job with the legendary Disney Imagineers in Burbank CA. To say it is a dream job it is an understatement. Imagineers design Disney theme park rides, which is cool enough but when you think about the recent acquisitions of Pixar, Star Wars, Star Trek, Marvel you can only imagine what kind of crazy fun stuff they are working on.

They asked for examples of modelling work so I dug out the boards above, these were a series of models I created for an indie American Magazine called Lemon, the Stanley Kubrick issue. I also created HAL from 2001 and one for the cover.