JUMP ROPE ANIM TEST : UNKNOWN SOLDIER (WIP)

This is the first animation test for a potential new short film, ‘The Unknown Soldier’.

I used some stock mo-cap of a skipping rope cycle, and after a bit of cleanup with the feet contacting the floor I parented the rope handles to the hands and then hand animated the rope rotating around the body.

Lighting was added using the hdri, a directional light from the main window and 3 point lights […]

SOLDIER MOCAP ANIM TEST : UNKNOWN SOLDIER (WIP)

I downloaded some stock mocap of various actions and then attached it to the model to test and see how the character would react.

There was a lot of cleanup for some of the test shots I want to use but overall it was great to see it working and it was better than I could ever do myself as an animator.

The character rig was the only discipline I didn’t do.  This […]

VFX BREAKDOWN : GIRAFFE

A quick breakdown for the giraffe scene.

Disciplines: Modelling – Lighting – Texturing, UV Layout – Rendering – Compositing.

Software: Maya, Mari, Headus UV,  Arnold Renderer, Photoshop, Nuke.

The backplate was shot using a Canon 550d.

Giraffe Final
Giraffe Final

FINAL IMAGE : GIRAFFE

Disciplines: Modelling – Lighting – Texturing, UV Layout – Rendering – Compositing.

Software: Maya, Mari, Headus UV,  Arnold Renderer, Photoshop, Nuke.

The backplate was shot using a Canon 550d.

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Karkai Mountain
Karkai Mountain

SUNSET ON KARAKI MOUNTAIN : CLIMBING IN INDIA

I do a lot of panoramic photography but I wanted to try producing a panoramic HDR image so I could control the background and foreground exposures without losing any detail.  A 2 day camping trip around the stunning hills of Karkai Mountain in India was the perfect setting to attempt this for the first time.

I took 4 photos with 9 bracketed exposures [-4 -3 -2 -1 0 +1 +2 +3 +4].  A total of 36 images!

Each set […]

Taxi Karkai Mountain
Taxi Karkai Mountain

TAXI! : CLIMBING IN INDIA

This image was taken at the start of the trek around Karaki Mountain.

The journey to get here from Mumbai was a 3 hour train ride, followed by a 4 hour taxi ride, followed by a uncomfortably hot and cramped final 20 minute drive in the back of this van.  All of this before a day’s trek to the top of the mountain in 30° heat.

After dropping the 6 of us off at the base of […]

DAY OF THE DEAD : SPECTRE (BOND 24) (2015)

During my stay at ILM, I used their in-house specific Camera and Lighting pipeline while working on Spectre, the latest Bond film.

I produced vfx cameras, layout and lighting for the intro ‘Day of the Dead’ Sequence.

Above is a short video from the bond onset team discussing their experience in Mexico.

There is no video vfx breakdown from ILM for the sequence so click here for a link to an interview with the VFX Supervisor […]

FALCON FIGHT : ANT-MAN (2015)

While at ILM London, I produced Cameras and Layout using their in-house software, Zeno, for the fight sequence between Falcon and Ant-Man.

There is no video vfx breakdown from ILM so above is a TV spot trailer featuring the 2 characters.

Click here for a more indepth look at all the vfx produced on Ant-Man, by all the vfx vendors courtesy of FXGuide.