Mi-Box Promo Video
Started shooting, editing and creating motion-graphics for an upcoming video for Centennial Storage’s Mi-Box personal storage enterprise.
Planning on combining live-action, time-lapse and motion-graphics to create a fun and informative promotional video, highlighting the company’s technological advantages, along with their local roots.
Posted in After Effects, Marketing, Motion Graphics, Photography, Video
Race Across America
UPDATE: You can view the completed edit of my motion graphic work here!
About to wrap up work on a show package I developed for the Race Across America. I was tasked with providing creative direction and executing motion graphics, 3D modeling and some editing for the event’s series of web videos and other online promotional material. Pretty pleased with the way it’s come together, and am eager to add it to the portfolio very soon!
Posted in 3D, After Effects, Blog, Design, Marketing, Motion Graphics, Video
I’m super pleased to report that the promotional video I created for the Vampire 5k has cleared over 20,000 views on YouTube.
The two versions I put together for the client have received quite a bit of attention, and driven a large amount of traffic to their website, and I couldn’t he happier about it.
Race Creators/Organizers, Scott and Lauren Jones, are both extremely dynamic, enthusiastic people, who pour a ton of energy into their races, and it makes me very happy to see their incredibly clever concept garnering so much interest. I hope this is just the beginning of their successes!
Posted in After Effects, Marketing, Motion Graphics, Video
A few months ago, I was browsing Vimeo and stumbled on to the beautiful, ethereal work of James Miller, who specializes in a filming technique known as “lens whacking”. The basic gist is to capture the video/film image with the lens physically detached from the camera body. The shooter essentially holds the glass in front of the sensor by hand, allowing for a gap between the lens’ rear element and the camera sensor– this creates an ever-shifting, highly unusual focal plane, and creates some wonderful light leaks and vignetting.
(photo of Mr. Miller in action, courtesy of philipboom.net)
Enormously inspired by Miller’s short films, I ordered a cheap Nikon e-series 50mm lens from the 1970s, and gave it a go this weekend.
I fell in love with the process, and the results, IMMEDIATELY.
The images that spring from this technique have a floating, dreamy, other-worldly quality that really can’t be replicated in post, or with specialty glass, like the Lens Baby Composer. The sheer randomness and singularity of almost every frame makes the footage look and feel incredibly human and organic — to me, anyway — and I don’t know if anyone could cook up the same esthetic in After Effects, or another compositing program.
I don’t know if I’m any good at it yet, (I’m most likely pretty horrible; it’s not an easy technique to employ), but I had a BLAST practicing for a few hours this weekend.
I enjoyed it so much, I started putting together a short film from the footage I shot. For the sake of added learning, and an opportunity to experiment with motion-graphic, I also started adding some animated text elements and 3D camera tracking.
Here’s a couple short clips of lens-whacked footage, combined with motion tracking.
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