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Book Release Party

I had a great time at my book release party for A Lush and Seething Hell. Sold a bunch of books, gave a little talk, played “Stagger Lee” and a few of my original tunes with the Funkanites. It was quite a big to-do. Here’s some video for you!

Big thanks to my partner Chris Cranford at Cranford Co. for filming it and to all the fellows of the Funkanites for being great sports and playing with me.

The introduction and the history of “Stagger Lee”

We perform “Stagger Lee” followed by a couple of my original songs, “Ascension Day” and “Lost”.

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CDHP Quick Draw Video

This was a freelance contract where I worked with a firm that provided me with the raw HD footage of a hand drawing the pictures, a separate voice over track, and it was my job to speed up the footage and animate transitions and, in general, make a smooth product out of it. I think it was quite successful.

All done in Soundtrack, Final Cut Pro, and After Effects.

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Perks Explanatory Web Video

Because being a web-based “motivation, engagement, and incentive” provider is a hard concept to grasp right off the bat, when I was the marketing manager at Perks.com, I created a series of web videos to help explain and illuminate the Perks value proposition. This is the hero video, the masthead.

I wrote the scripts (with feedback from the “talent”, i.e. our sales head at the time), I mocked up pre-pro animatics, I shot, keyed, and edited the footage and then composited it all in After Effects, where I animated the most important text bits. I also animated the logo, which is my favorite part.

You can view a mocked up animatic where I spoke the script into a microphone prior to shooting here. It’s pretty funny.

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Legacy Capital Group Presentation Animation

 

Back in 2005, I did a lot of work for Legacy Capital Group, creating their website(s), PowerPoint presentations, letterhead and business cards. The full branding schmear, including CD-Roms (remember those?). Recently, I was asked to recreate an animation I had authored in Flash back then for a CD-Rom and, of course, there’s not a lot of action in Flash right now, thanks to the Apple’s iPad.

I thought the Star Trek lens flare was a bit too much but they seemed to love it. It’s always fun animating to a music track.

Authored and animated in After Effects CS5.

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Downtown Partnership TV Spot

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I wrote the song and worked on this commercial when I was at Stone & Ward Advertising. The campaign went on to win best of show at the 2001 Arkansas Addys.

Winner, Best of Show 2001 Arkansas Addy Awards

To view, click here or the photo. You have to view it on my ancient Tumblr site. I’ve lost the original file in a Kernel Panic incident.

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The Twelve-Fingered Boy Book Trailer

When it came time to make a book trailer for my novel, The Twelve-Fingered Boy, both my publisher and I decided that I could do a better job than probably anyone they could hire. So I created this one myself.

The thing about book trailers is that most of them are terrible and far too long. I can’t tell you how many trailers are just words slowly scaling or panning  (if you’re lucky) over images pilfered from Wikipedia and set to either terribly moody goth music or techno.

My philosophy on book trailers is if you don’t have a budget to do something special, then keep it short and simple. This one clocks in at 60 seconds – the length of a standard television spot. My favorite parts are the birds – I used Particular in After Effects to create the flock – and flying the virtual camera over the “landscape” I’d set up in 3D space. I also like how I animated onto the screen my publisher’s logos, Lerner Books and Carolrhoda Lab at the end.

If you’d like, you could buy that bad twelve-fingered boy, if you wanted to.

 

 

BUY THE BOOK!

Hiram Quincrux voiced by Dan O’Shea – http://danielboshea.wordpress.com/
Jack Graves voiced by Matthew Gephardt
Jack Graves voice engineered by Drew Pickens
Animation by the author

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“George Paul” – Tales from the South – Video

Thought I’d throw this up here on its own page. This is the reading for my story “George Paul” given at The Starving Artist Cafe for Tales from the South‘s Tin Roof Project. The house was packed and I really received a lot of in-reading feedback. Having done readings where two people showed up, I really appreciate how a well-lubed audience will respond.

The story, somewhat humorous, somewhat sad, focuses around my friend George Paul Eldridge and Levon Helm and an ill fated trip to a wedding in a RV. An RV full of booze.

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Perks Christmas Video


Last December, I was asked to create a video with a very short turn around that was supposed to be a fun, slightly irreverent look at the employees of Perks.com. In a week, I came up with the idea, shot the video, edited it, and put it all together in time for the Perks.com Holiday party. This was the result. Makes me miss the people there, good folks, one and all. (I should add I’ve lost a lot of weight since then. Sheesh.)

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US Marshal Promotional Video Animations


 

I always feel lucky when I get to work with Chris Cranford and the folks down at Jones Productions. Earlier this summer, they asked me if I could do some animations and add some pizazz (my word, not theirs) to a fundraising video for the US Marshal service. I concepted, designed, and executed the animations throughout the video. Many of them were of archival photos that I separated a foreground element from the background, placed in AfterEffects in a 3D space, and pushed a camera around to create some depth of field. On the whole, it was a very successful and fun project.

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Vestcom Thanksgiving Animation

I did this animation in Flash – and some other software, like Cinema 4D – back in 2005 or 2006, I think. I can’t really remember. I worked with a fantastic illustrator who worked at CJRW otherwise known as Cranford Johnson Robinson & Woods, the ad agency that hired me to do the animation. Can’t remember the illustrator’s name either except that it was foreign. Anywho, she did a great job. This was a fun little project.