operation pie

Animated for the branding company bluemarlin in london the holiday pie was created primarily in after effects.  The pie itself was created in photoshop from stock photography. With studios in New York, London, Bath & Signapore  holiday pie is the backbone of the  2014 Christmas mailer and website branding,

monty’s christmas

This year’s John Lewis Christmas campaign features Monty the Penguin and is a heart warming tale of the magic of Christmas seen through a child’s eyes. The advert uses Tom Odell’s cover of John Lennon’s ‘Real Love’ as a result John Lewis sales reached 100 million a week for the first time ever!  As if  further proof was needed of the power of  great storytelling.

Created  by Adam&EveDDB in London, which as picked up nearly ever award this year including Agency of the Year at Cannes.  It deserves every last one of them !

 

me & david fincher

It turns out that David Fincher and I are only about 2K apart, in workflow at least. This interesting video from Adobe outlines his post production workflow on gone girl which mirrors my post production workflow using Adobe Premiere & After Effects. He shoots with the 6K Dragon Sensor RED I own and shoot with the 4K MX Sensor RED, I thoroughly enjoyed Gone Girl and hope my next horror short ‘dedicated’ which I’ll be shooting on the RED with Nikkor primes will look just as good and be every bit as thrilling.

now you see it

 

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When talent forgets to bring flesh coloured underwear and refuses to go naked (to be honest I don’t blame him it was  a very crowded and cold set) it’s up to the VFX team to  fix things.

Luckily for me the advert was shot in 4K on my RED Scarlet. More pixels means you have more information for tracking, rotoscoping or creating skin coloured patch to cover tightie whities.

Photoshop to the rescue

Taking a single frame of 4K footage into photoshop I painted out the underwear. The skin patch was then tracked using After Effects CC onto the model so it stayed in place during the dolly move. There was little hand tracking to be done to the shape of the mask to keep to compensate for the perspective shift as the camera pushed in.

Be careful with that brush
Be careful with that brush

The next shot required the artist to hold a paint brush up in front of her subject as (if measuring him for her drawing) The problem with the original shot was the white underwear created a big blurry white blob around the models crotch which ruined the ‘mike myers’  gag of teasing the audience that you are just about to see something rude until it’s hidden by a potted plant.

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Using another 4K still from RED footage I rotoscoped the models hand holding a paint brush, added some animation to keep it alive and then comped the whole thing in  After Effects using a 3D camera to add realistic motion blur and depth of field.  After some tricky colouring to match the still foreground hand with the raw RED background footage the gag is complete.

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animation design boards

for the last sixteen years I have worked as freelance animator in los angeles, dublin & london. I came across some design boards I used for a job pitch, Ithought they were pretty cool and worth sharing. the 3d software I pimarily use is maya for rendering and animation, Zbrush for organic modelling, but I also know, 3dsmax, Cinema 4d, Realflow and vray is my renderer of choice.

here my 3d animation reel.

 

lights going from floor to ceiling

3d printing

nice primer film by time magazine on 3d printing some scanning thrown in, especially like the personalized 3d printed sex toys…

maker bot 3d replicators from CES this year, lovely looking consumer and prosumer  machines

large scale 3d printing – Object 1000

metal printing technique, this is similar to the lost wax technique used in traditional sculpture

the european space agency has revealed a plan to print parts out of metal, it is a good few years from any practical application, the main problem being air bubbles in the metal powders

 

inside gcp

last year I spent nine months  at a medical training company in los angeles trifecta.  during my time there I was lucky enough  to work with the talented  animator and director Jan Wanstad.  together with a team of animators we  created the single  longest piece of animation I have ever worked on, the finished piece clocked in at almost 30 minutes ! rendered in a combination of 3dsmax, after effects  and cinema 4D it received a standing ovation at the ASIA training conference.  check out this  ‘making of film’ I made :

some of my original storyboards

some 3d models, inspired by members of the staff at trifecta …. but I’m not saying which ones :]

cinematography reel

cinematography reel

This needs an update but is a broad selection of camerawork from several projects, personal and commercial. Additional photography Paul Deng, Matthias Grunsky, Paul Lucas and Bhaskir Maji.

Filmed using a combination of camera’s, primarily Canon 5 & 7D, but there is also some RED footage lurking in there., alls sorts of glass but my favourite weapon of choice these days in my collection of vintage Nikkor primmes.

Full shot breakdown on request.

 

 

projection mapping

haunted mansion, disney magic, a front screen projection technique that was a pre-cursor projection mapping that is all the trend these days.

mind blowing projection mapping with the help of a couple of well trained robots.

projection mapping on buildings, great example from Boston Public Library.  what is particularly interesting in this example is the clever use of the architectural openings like windows. turning the exterior of the building into a train station is spectacular.