Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Intro Titles

Recently finished an introductory titles sequence for a series of interviews. Concept to completion of the title sequence took around 30-35 hours, partly due to learning a few new things along the way about render layers, modeling, shading and animation tools in Maya as well as a few After Effects tips for next time. Very happy with how it turned out and all starting from a rough sketch on a piece of notepad while working on the edit of the interviews with another guy. I was originally envisaging something a little more earthy with more of a hand drawn geometric look but decided to go with a more CG feel due to time constraints and evolving ideas.

Initial sketch
First previs pass (Photoshop):

Second previs pass (Photoshop):

Render test (Autodesk Maya):

Maya view:

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Kirk Notices Special

An impromptu idea by a friend turned into a much larger idea in post and turned around on a tight deadline.

Played in front of an audience who wasn't expecting anything other than the usual notices video.

Unfortunately I wasn't thinking I'd be in front of a green screen all of a sudden so bits of my shirt which are close to green are knocked out.

All shot, edited and effects by me using a combo of Premiere Pro, After Effects and the Glitch plugin.
Background art by Ken Adams
Music - John Barry Orchestra - The Laser Beam

Saturday, June 15, 2013


Quick shout out to anyone dropping by my blog, if you ever played The Neverhood, the guys behind the project are coming back together to make a new game in the same vein called Armikrog.

Please consider supporting them on Kickstarter, there's 12 days to go and they need another $400,000

Friday, June 07, 2013

A Taste of Farm Life

Here's a taste of the sort of things farmers get up to in the Australian Outback Summer


Ten Days From Tokyo

Finally got around to finishing a video of my trip to Japan over three and a half years ago!

Saturday, February 09, 2013

Adam and Dog

I've been waiting for so long to see this short film by Minkyu Lee and it didn't disappoint!

Set in the garden of Eden, the film follows the story of a dog and his first meeting with Adam.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Kirkplace 5th Anniversary Video

For the fifth anniversary of Kirkplace, the church I've been a part of since last July, I helped create this video to celebrate the milestone. Be sure to set it to 720p.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Sculpture by the Sea 2012

Another great year of Sculpture by the Sea at Bondi Beach in Sydney. If you're in the area in the next couple of weeks be sure to check it out.

Headphones recommended and click through for the HD version

UPDATE 06/11/2012:
Featured as 'Video of the Week' over on The Beast website! The Beast is 'the monthly magazine for Sydney's beaches and bays of the East'.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Rolling Along....

My life has certainly changed since arriving in Sydney.  After coming over for an animation job late last year I suffered a massive burn out as a result of working too many long hours and this was the catalyst for my exit from working full time in the animation industry and heading to Uni to pursue an education/arts double degree to become a high-school teacher (among other things). I'm now in second semester at uni and haven't regretted my decision to change careers for an instant.  The main reason there isn't any regret is that I can now do exactly what I want creatively, when ever I want. So whether that's drawing on the grass while waiting for lectures to start or coming up with ideas for short films, or shooting little tests on my camera, I feel that I'm in a much better place with life now that I can enjoy the creativity I have without having to rely on it for my income.

I'm not completely out of animation though. I'm teaching it as a subject at JMC Academy in Sydney which has been a great way to really push my understanding of the basics of animation in order to teach it proficiently and also because I can put the things I'm learning in my Education degree into practice where appropriate so I'm learning new things on all sides and having a blast.

On the faith front I joined a church called Kirkplace a couple of months ago and in that time met a lot of really awesome people and been really challenge by the lead pastor's sermons.  I've also started shooting video announcements for the Sunday morning service which has been a great little side project each week to stretch my camera and shooting skills.

My debut effort is below. Not after any sort of critic or praise, I'm simply putting it here as a record of what I'm making at the moment so I can look back in a year and see how much I've created.  Having to do one of these a week will definitely speed up my video editing skills.

I'm now wondering what possessed me to use the music track I decided on....

Update 02/09:
Here's the notices video I created for the following week. Much improved from the first one, learned a bunch of new things I hadn't known before about panning and zooming photos within their own frame.

Thursday, July 05, 2012

ACTA is on Death Row

The invasive, freedom limiting, corporate self interest, publicly despised, secretly negotiated bill called ACTA was just given a massive punch in the guts by the EU which has voted it be dismissed by a massive majority.

As is usually the case with these kind of freedom limiting, secretive, industry lobbied bills, you kill one and another one is already being drafted in even more secrecy and with even further reaching desires to stifle freedom of the internet and it's users all for the sake of corporate interest and their desire to monopolise creativity, expression and content.

It's called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), it's super secret and so all we know about it is that's it's designed to make Australia bow to the corporate whims of American businesses in the areas of copyright protection and freedom of expression.

Watch out for it! We have caused a major blow to ACTA which would have been all but signed into law if it hadn't been for all the protests and people ringing their local politicians.  TPP will need the same level of protesting otherwise it'll also just be whisked through without scrutiny.

"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance." - Thomas Jefferson (Maybe he said this, maybe he didn't, you never can tell with the internet, it is however VERY ironic that the world needs to be on the lookout for all the American Corporations trying to push laws on us which limit basic freedoms which we've had for many hundreds of years)

Torrentfreak.net Article

ZNet Article concerning Australia and ACTA

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Mechanical Apple

Mechanical Apple is a small studio consisting of Ari Gibson and Jason Pammet.  These two guys are responsible for some of the best animation I've seen come out of Australia in recent time.  Check out their updated website and their new short Winter Fox below.

Winter Fox from mechanical apple on Vimeo.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Genius Party Shorts Online

No idea how long these will last so strike while they're hot!

EDIT: Aaaand they're gone! Lasted longer than I thought they would.

Go buy the Genius Party and Genius Party Beyond short film collections!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


Here's a really neat time lapse of a girl growing from a baby to age twelve.  Very interesting to see the way we change and develop and when and how our features become more defined.  Great for practice in drawing characters in different stages of their life.