September 2011It's been some time since I updated the site, but this month I'm showing a bunch of spots that I've done over the summer. First of all, here's a follow-up spot that I did for Hamilton County.This time, it was a 30 second spot that focused on many attractions within Hamilton County beyond just the Palladium.
Next, here's a corporate web ad for Pfister that I did that uses similar, although simplified techniques. We also just bought Video Copilot's "Optical Flares" plugin for After Effects, which helps bring this piece to life, and I'm sure will help work to come. Check it out at their site.
And finally, I'll show a spot that I did for Indy Tire and Auto. These are fun spots with a 70's theme. This spot was particularly challenging in that the clip of Mario Andretti that we used was shot against a white wall with pictures hanging on it. If you'll notice, his shirt is white as well... After the better part of a day spent roto-scoping, I think it looks pretty good! The next time I update my compositing reel I intend to show a before and after bit for this spot. By far my favorite aspect of these spots whenever we do them are recreating the 70s era effects and animation, with film grain, dust and scratches to boot.
This month has been full of new and interesting work already, and started off with a really fun little 15 second spot for the Palladium in Hamilton County, Indiana. This new spot finally let me try out some 2.5d techniques I had been dying to implement. For this technique, there was a lot of prep in photoshop that involved cutting out layers of the photos, and cloning in missing information. The exception is in the third and fourth shots, in which I did some projection-mapping in After Effects. The idea is to first build a 3D primitive in the shape of your subject (a building in this case) and project a texture map (the picture) onto that primitive. After that, you can move the camera around and create a fairly convincing 3D effect. It has it's limits, but works great when used properly!
Updated in the "motion" section - a new motion graphics reel and after a long time coming, a compositing reel! I was never quite happy with my compositing reel in the past since I only have a few pieces, and almost no commercial work. Since working at Scofield my motion graphics portfolio has totally ballooned, motivating me to create separate reels for motion graphics and compositing, though my compositing work has stayed relatively stagnant. Finally, in the last 6 months or so I've added enough pieces to my compositing resume to make it worth putting that reel together. I also updated the intros and outtros of both with some new effects. Check them out!
October has once again brought a new spot for Beck's Hybrids. Just like last year's Telly Award winner, I shot stills and animated this 30 second piece. Everything was a little bigger and better this time, however. I built it in After Effects CS5, used a few new tools including Trapcode Particular for the dirt and corn explosion effects, and I worked in full HD. On the whole it was just more complex, but I tied a lot of elements to expressions, making the overall workflow much smoother. The spot is regional and should be playing this month on various stations from Ohio to Missouri (St. Louis). Check it out in my motion section of the website.
Killing Time has been released on youtube, so check it out on youtube, or you can watch it embedded below. We were inspired one day after watching a short film (and subsequent making-of video) called Chrono Trigger by filmmaker Freddie Wong. He challenged viewers to make their own short action scene, keeping in mind certain editing and camera operation principles while leaving out thing like props and effects. We wanted to make our video somewhat self-promotional, and since Scofield Editorial is a post-production house, we felt it would only be right to do detailed effects regardless of the fact that we didn't have props. The result is Killing Time. We shot the project on our Canon 5D over the course of a day or so, coming back to it as needed for pickups. Editing, color correction, visual effects, and finally sound design (by Ripple Effects with sound effects from Earshot Audio Post) took the better part of a few weeks. Of course, once we would finish any piece of it, there would always be another idea to come along, inspiring more work.
This has been a fun month so far at Scofield Editorial. In between work a few of my co-workers and I decided to put our free time to productive use and create a short film with the company's Canon 5D and 50mm f1.8 prime lens. The project is serving to give us practice with the 5D workflow, as well as give me a chance to practice compositing and 3D animation techniques that I normally don't get to try. Though effects are largely done, I can't say much else about it but I can show you the poster to the left that we made for it, which, no doubt, should give you some idea as to what the main gag might be. Click on the poster to see a larger version. We hope to be releasing the film on youtube and facebook in the next couple of weeks, depending on when audio work gets done. After release, I intend to make another post describing our inspiration.
In April I went on a half-week trip down to Kentucky to shoot stills for a Kentucky Tourism spot that my company has been working on. Much like the Beck's project, I took stills to be used as elements in the animation. I will be involved with doctoring the images and cutting out essential elements, and handing them over to our freelance animator, Eric Miro, who will be doing the animation this time.
Throughout March and April I was heavily involved in doing a couple of large installation videos for Elanco in Greenfield, IN. The videos were tailored to their new 12 screen display (2x6, 46" plasmas) in their lobby. It was a great opportunity for me to work again with an art director, and utilize After Effects expressions to manage the large volume of elements in each video. It has also been great for our company to demonstrate problem solving in the design, development, and delivery of massive and unruly video files (4096x768). As soon as I figure out how to show a piece like this in my reel, you'll be able to see it.
This month I've been steadily working on smaller projects, but also helping the Kentucky Tourism team with various elements when they need them. It should be airing by the first of June.
I have updated my website with the Beck's Four Wheel Deal commercial that I worked on at the end of last year. I also uploaded a short experimental 3D piece that I created in my own time in order to gain a little more 3D animation and rendering practice. Check both of these pieces out in the motion section.
Earlier this month I updated my website with a new motion graphics reel filled with all sorts of work from the past year that I have completed both for Scofield Editorial, my new employer, and various freelance clients from earlier in the year. In the next few weeks I plan on updating the site further, with a new gallery of photography, and a demo reel specific to compositing and visual effects. Check back soon!