The animation below is the byproduct of a couple random tests. Since polygonal visuals are a little hipster I was a bit hesitant to post this but think the ambient aesthetic was interesting enough to share. As stills, they also work well for phone/desktop wallpapers.
Technical: I’m not usually this ‘mathy’ (as my programming abilities only consist of erasing code) but the visuals are composed of a SINE wave rippling through a triangulated layer. Colours are a mixture of fresnel shading and transparencies.
Possible use for this could be a background texture for a text knockout:
A couple more motion renders can be found on my vimeo page.
ROLE: Motion + 3D Artist
CONCEPT / CREATIVE: Jared Nickerson + Josh Ingleby
MUSIC: Dead Astronauts - “Favorite Lover”
TYPOGRAPHY: Filip Komorowski + Jthree Concepts
ROLE: Motion Designer + 3D Artist
DESC.: 3 x 15s Spots (E+F)
AGENCY: Zulu Alpha Kilo
ART DIRECTOR: Gira Moin
Despite being created over a 2.5 week timeline, the major challenge beyond scheduling was ensuring the colours of the VitaminWater liquid and labels were on par with brand standards while keeping render times down to less than 1 minute per frame. It’s easy to promise the world with a stunning still frame, but ensuring you can deliver the HD version (450 frames = 450 mins) without the support of an animation studio’s render farm can be challenging. Cloud Computing Rendering made this spot possible. (more…)
ROLE: Motion Designer
DESC.: Store-front Window Projections
ACD: Leo Tsalkos + Ashley Leonard
I was contacted by TAXI to collaborate on a variety of visuals for the launch of Telus’ latest pilot store design. Most of the displays were visuals which spanned multiple HD monitors. The videos below are from the most technically demanding display which sprawled 70 feet across 11 projectors and encompassed the main 2 walls of the store.
The projection was technically challenging as the hardware company required assets to be delivered as one large file at a resolution of 7000 x 600 pixels.
NOTE: Shadows are heavier than desired to correct contrast lost through projection.
3 x Transitions:
1 x Full Story:
1 x Owl Element:
With only one week away from SXSW I suddenly felt obliged to create a business card for myself. After what has been 2 years without a card (as of this summer), it’s not surprising that setting a short turn-around deadline was the only thing that would get the ball rolling.
I’ve have been walking through a lot of alleys lately looking for a way to base a small project around them. I’m captivated by these spaces in the same way that walking onto a movie lot full of fake house fronts is fascinating. Their significance grew as I realized that Manhattan barely had any alleys, creating even more appeal for Toronto’s unique urban landscape.
Thanks to Craig Small at The Juggernaut for eagerly dusting off the laser cutter and experimenting with a variety of materials to cut out the letters for the titles. As well, Michael Sheedy for his real-life kearning skills, and of course my amazing girlfriend for putting up with the 2 cans of spray paint released into our apartment.
The video below outlines a breakdown of the process:
A series of textures shot in the alley behind my place for the titles:
DOWNLOAD FREE TEXTURE HERE
Creative. Original. Stunning.
Montreal’s Guy Laramee reinterprets the literary world with this gorgeous collection of outdoor spaces. Vaguely similar to an earlier post on reinterpreting encyclopaedic pages, Laramee’s approach is intensely original. I suspect the carvings to be hand done but am curious if 3D models and laser cutters could achieve a similar result and open the approach up to include some form of animation.
thinking thinking thinking…
ROLE: Director + Editor
AGENCY: Zulu Alpha Kilo
PRODUCTION: Meru Media
DESC.: Online Commercial
A series of 15 second spots to promote iPhone alternatives offered by Bell Mobility. As there are only so many ways to showcase a touch-screen device, the challenge was to find a slightly different approach than the predefined iPhone commercial visuals. To accomplish this we broke the locked-off Apple style and placed the phone in a actor’s hand for a more human and tangible result.
- Key / Composite Screens
- Track Footage
- Colour Correct
Loving these cut-out portraits created by Lucas Simone. The rest of the work on his site is definitely worth a gander as well. With so much digital motion-graphics work based around basic polygonal shapes going around it’s a nice change of pace seeing the technique brought back to analog visuals. In addition to the catchy visuals, the motivation behind the portraits is that friends of the artist were invited to be photographed while sharing a secret. Enjoy…
Californiaisaplace.com is a collection of stories about real people in California. Each one is a slice of life, a video portrait of a reality that, for the most part, relates in no way to my own and is consequently quite intriguing.
Despite the sombre undertone apparent in the handful that i’ve watched, what shines through are truthful, raw, heartfelt stories told with a strong cinematic style.
“If we’re going to be doing this kind of stuff, we’re trespassing in peoples yards and skating in peoples pools we’ve gotta have respect; clean the pools out. Any trash we bring, take it with us when we leave. People already look down at us as it is so there’s no reason to fucking confirm what they already think is already true. It’d be better to prove them wrong. (2m05s)
ROLE: Concept + Director + Editor
DESC.: Event Video
April 16th is the official anniversary for the mobile app Foursquare. More than 15 cities celebrated the mobile location based “check-in” app by throwing their own “Foursquare Day” events to celebrate local business.
This year’s 2nd annual Foursquare Day in Toronto was a great success with sponsors donating everything from autographed Tim Burton books (TIFF) to phone cases for every patron (iSkin). Even our (usually) pathetic mayor (Rob Ford) acknowledged the date with a signed letter from his office.
I documented this event with a home-made camera system that appropriately reflected the client and medium that Foursquare users embrace: the smartphone.
Rationale: 4 Squares, Mobile technology, 4 Camera phones. (enough said, no?)
Public Enemy – Harder Than You Think (instrumental)
Ratatat - Drugs
The experience of witnessing sound and light responding to each other is hardwired into our genetic make-up to captivate and entrance audiences. Whether it was early humankind staring into the skies to witness lightning dance with thunder, a toddler hypnotized by a blinking toy, or ourselves enslaved by our digital devices, the simple act of light and sound never ceases to amaze at all ages. Having had 4 years experience as a lighting technician, I’m always intrigued by live concert lighting for these same reasons mentioned above. Take into account the concert lighting visuals in the video above and i find it difficult to tear myself away from the video. (…for at least the first two minutes.)
Although I definitely feel that they did an exceptional job, the video (like most music videos) slightly struggles to maintain interest as it only showcases performance footage. Which makes sense, since “the visuals were created to add life to footage that was originally rejected from the band’s label.” That said, had they been given the opportunity to shoot with this intent I suspect the results would have been a much more engaging piece had a simple story been added. Either way, extremely well done!
Personally I’d love to see this execution as an ambient visual in a live concert where an audiences could glance over at it briefly before returning their attention to the live show.
In preparation for an upcoming project I created this rough swooping line test to visualize Cinema 4D’s Sweep Nurb and Sketch & Toon features.
A quick animation test for a project using Cinema 4D’s “Global Illumination” settings.
Buck kills it once again with this faux stop-motion spot for Google Offers. Check out more of their work on here.
Also check out the spot they did for Google eBooks last year that is in the same visual style.
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Sometimes it’s quite challenging to think in a visually different way.
The individuals behind this video accomplishes that. Love it.
Love it. This exhibit may have swayed me to buy a projector.
Messing around with extruded type in Cinema 4D after seeing a post from GSG.
It always feels good getting out of the city and into the woods. This past weekend i got the opportunity to see a pack of wolves that live on a reserve in northern Ontario.
Watch the tail of the wolf that is pressured by the Alpha (black)…he’s the Omega in the pack. Although much larger than the Alpha wolf, he unfortunately is very likely to be killed by the rest of the pack when they get fed up with him.
Motion Stabilized in After Effects
Colored in Apple Color
Music by American Dollar
Camera Panasonic LX3
I tend to get a little obsessed about the projects I’m working on and begin to buy and position myself around any and all objects that loosely relate to it. I enjoy the idea of ‘living the project’ and feel good allowing the creative part of my work flow into the daily purchases and decisions.
My latest purchase of a crumpled paper trash can ties in with the copius amounts of crumpled newsprint i’ve been photographing for an audio driven stop motion experiment.
Another 2 weeks of exploring animation possibilities and i should be done…JUST in time for my trip to Cuba (hence the music in the vids). Here’s a peek:
An eye-catching mini-doc about what it takes to influence culture. It’s right in line with the doc Art & Copy but more watchable as it is less than 15 minutes long. Watch both the trailer (below) & full length at: influencersfilm.com
Having just returned from a great long weekend vacation in NYC with the lady, I can only wish that the museums we went to came to life like these murals.
The Strata project consist of a series of films, prints and installations investigating improbable relationships between contemporary digital aesthetics and icons of classical art and architecture.
It seems rather appropriate to dig up this visually intriguing animation as my last and next project are both tied into corporate responsibility.
The story itself is a fast paced journey that simply details how the new-world’s open source & wiki media could be the catalyst capable of turning our environmental issues around.
I like It’s tongue & cheek story but wish it was routed in motivating change in big business and government. It’s time for business and government to see the potential in sustainable yet profitable business models. That said, its still a well written, visually beautiful piece.
I saw Knife Party speak at OFFF this past summer and was excited by this video’s collaborative execution. On their site you’ll notice that each segment has been animated by a different group of people. Knife Party produced and directed the piece and maintained synchronocity throughout the work by breaking the script into sections and handing it out to teams.
If you don’t’ have time for the full piece, moments that stood out for me include:
Le Creative Sweatshop’s meticulous attention to detail, composition, style, and simplicity shine through in their inspiring design & paper craft portfolio. Their series for Shoes-Up is what initially caught my attention, but after digging through their work I totally fell for their Paper Virus project.
The project was an installation in Amsterdam in 2009 and was an open invitation for participants to artfully install and photograph their own Paper Virus. Participants would be sent 200 colourful cut-out cones in exchange for their resulting photos.
Ndeur’s other projects include a stunning Paper Protects Forests cut out:
As well as these colourful window displays:
[All photo's courtesy of LeCreativeSweatshop.com]