"The only safe thing is to take a chance." ~ Mike Nichols

Knebworth Mini & VW Show 2011 Video

Posted: June 7th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Motion Graphics, Post Grad, Video | No Comments »

Last week I attended another Mini show but this time with a difference… this one also involved VW’s! I’m always quite excited about this one as I don’t normally attend other car shows, after this one I feel it’s a must! This video was made in approximately 14-16 hours or so, mainly because I was trying out different techniques (some of which I thought was only possible with After Effects) but after a lot of Illustrator templates, Photoshop fades and a lot of Final Cut Pro tweening I feel I’m now happy with the result.

The video and it’s effects were mainly inspired by the opening race the 1966 movie Grand Prix:

When I first saw this (ashamedly on youtube) I was just taken aback by the creative cinematography and the clever editing. It was also nice to find out that the opening credits were created by Saul Bass to whom someone I pay a lot of respect. Past the opening title sequence and first race scene I loved the 3 tiled editing transitions and thought to give them a go with a funky beat and that’s how this next video came along. I really enjoyed making this video but then again I enjoy all car related media thats created, hopefully I’ve captured the essence of this show with its laid back-ness of the VW crew and the proud Mini owners but I do have to confess that a lot of the footage is VW based… as I always see a lot of Minis and wanted to try something different. Anyhoo, enjoy!

Music – “Pick Up The Pieces” by Average White Band

What have I been upto?

Posted: May 20th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Freelance Projects, Video | 1 Comment »

It’s been a very long time since I last posted. Which is both a good thing and a bad thing. A good thing in the way that I’ve been just working at the day job as well as keeping busy with small projects, mostly video. Which I am thoroughly enjoying and I feel like I’ve found an angle that I want to continue to grow and be super wicked awesome at.

To bring you guys up to speed I was approached by a good friend to jump in on an event that he will be putting on along with his company Tri3tar the event called ‘Diamond in the rough’ – In a nutshell it will be the first all Filipino MMA event in England. He (Ryan) asked me if I wanted in on some of the video projects that needed doing… so I thought why not!

Here is one of the interviews I made with one of the fighters:

I also managed to put together their first trailer:

I also have the pleasure of joining a new company PlusOne to which we will be (at first) be videographing and photographing events across the UK. At the moment we’re following the talented DJ Complexion. Here is the first shoot in Derby’s NoNo08 club:

I’ve also been freelancing and have been doing some work for a Virtual Office Solutions company, which has included graphic work, photography as well as some videography. Once the projects have been completed I’ll post a link.

Finally… I’ve also put together a little video related to my other passion… MINIS! Not the BMW kind but the original classic Mini. Don’t get it twisted! I’ve done a 3 other Mini related videos and hope that this video raises the bar for myself to constantly evolve and constantly push my creativity. The video is of the London 2 Brighton 2011 Mini Run/Show

Photos and Video updates – 365 Project & Bingley Hall 2011

Posted: February 19th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Post Grad, Video | No Comments »

It has been a while, before Christmas even. So I thought I’d better blog what I’ve been up to. The main thing I have been concentrating on is my 365 reasons for me to smile project on Flickr.

I guess it’s just something to keep me creatively active everyday. Mainly consists of things that stick to my own rules:

  • Has to include things that make me smile. (I know such an open subject)
  • Has to be taken on the day.
  • No object/subject can be shot/created more than once.
  • Nice and simples.

    The other thing I have just completed is the latest car related video. This was taken at Bingley Hall 2011:

    It’s been getting pretty good responses from people that have already viewed it online and in the past 3 days it has already reached 399 views. Lovely jubbly!

    DIY DSLR Video Light – Rolson LED Camping Light

    Posted: December 15th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Photography, Video | Tags: , , | No Comments »

    So I should be shooting a video for a friend of mine this Saturday at a club he DJ’s at up north. Only problem is the Nikon doesn’t exactly have good low level lighting video capturing capabilities, it needs some extra light to make use of the 720p.

    I figured I couldn’t afford an LED video light (just yet!) so I browsed over the internet to see if I could buy something that may do the same job for cheaper. I found a Rolson 72 LED Camping light on Amazon for £6.35 inc postage. I did what any other DIYer would do, I bought two, one to play with and one to keep. Now how did I attach the LED light to the camera? Like this:

    I know it’s a little crude, but it does the job and that’s the main thing. I just used a busted camera shoe flash and some string and tied it all together, I even tried some wrapped up foam to see how it diffused the light. I’ve given it a test and it’s not bad, it feels a little Blair Witch though as the LED doesn’t throw light around too well as it more directs the light to one spot. As soon as I’ve taken some decent video I’ll blog the results, but for now enjoy the DIYness.

    After Effects – Typography Test

    Posted: November 19th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Graphics, Motion Graphics, Post Grad | 1 Comment »

    I really want to get more into Adobe After Effects so I decided to try a quick tutorial. The animation shows some simple text through an animated camera in 3D space. I probably have to work a little more on the timing, but I think it’s a good first attempt. Next step is to import some Illustrator images and see if I can make those look cool!

    TRON – Lawn Bowls

    Posted: October 30th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: 3D Design, Experimental 3D, Post Grad | Tags: | No Comments »

    Well after the tutorial by Pariah Studios I literally haven’t stopped experimenting in Cinema 4D. I have also recently been following the works of James White at Signalnoise.com and was instantly inspired by his amazing Tron Legacy posters. So I thought I’d combine the tutorial I previously done and use inspiration from Mr White and create a Tron scene, but with a little difference. I thought it would just be random if in the world of Tron you had some old timers just playing lawn bowls, so I decided to create a scene.

    It was pretty fun to do but took a long time getting the reflections and textures right. I’m probably going to expand on the theme and create other random objects that would live in the Tron ‘world’ so to speak.

    More Reflections & GI in Cinema 4D

    Posted: October 30th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Experimental 3D, Post Grad | No Comments »

    Still reeling from a previous tutorial I decided to continue to experiment as I’ve never really played around with reflections and Global Illumination in Cinema 4D. So much fun!

    Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao stickers & childrens clothes – Redbubble

    Posted: October 29th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Character Design, Illustration, Post Grad | Tags: , | No Comments »

    I just browsed over my Redbubble account and now you can print STICKERS! Now you can get the ‘Pacman’ sticker:

    ‘Pacman’ Sticker


    Children’s clothes!

    Reflections and GI – Pariah Studios Tutorial

    Posted: October 28th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Experimental 3D, Post Grad | No Comments »

    So I need to brush up on my Cinema 4D skills and the c0nartiste led me to Pariah Studios where I tried out one of his tutorials on reflections and global illuminations:

    The only changes I really made was to add a whole load more objects and I really wanted to play with the depth of field as I’ve been playing a lot with the aperture settings on my camera. I really need to remember the workflow as there’s quite a bit to remember!

    Steadicam Mk.2 – Materials

    Posted: October 28th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Photography, Video | No Comments »

    So two years ago I made a steadicam with the help of Johnny Chung Lee and his $14 camera stabilizer. Two years on and I haven’t had much joy with it, or really much practice. I’ve been doing a few videos here and there and came across this video by MSLATER:

    So it’s time to make a new toy and I’ve just started by collecting the materials. First thing that came through was the Traxxas Universal Joint that I bought on eBay. Now I’m waiting on the bearings and will continue making and blogging as I go along. Can’t wait!