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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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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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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.

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Writing Day – A Short Film

This is a short film I made to test out the new/used Panasonic HXV200 camera we just bought at work. Troublesome issues included getting exposure right on timelapse/interval shooting and the $5 tripod I used that couldn’t keep an iPhone steady, not to mention a fifteen pound camera. However, I’m a bit more familiar with the gear now – and have a new tripod – and things should improve.

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MySurvey eCert Promotion Animation

http://vimeo.com/30385435

I did this animation for my day job, in hopes of convincing MySurvey users to not opt for check or cash but to go with eCertificates. The art was simply stock illustrations we bought from iStockPhoto that I broke into component pieces and animated.

Usage of Amazon.com logos and imagery is an in-depth process, especially in regards to compliance. I created seven or eight versions of this animation for various cards or rewards and each had to go through a long approval process.

Animated in After Effects.

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The Sixth Gun Comic Trailer

http://vimeo.com/29864167

Hands down, the best comic series coming out right now. Cullen Bunn is a freakin’ genius and I’m glad to have had the opportunity to work with him in some small way. Now this is gonna be a TV series on SyFy. And his The Damned series is slated to be a tv series on Showtime, I think. If there is a comic that nears the genius of The Sixth Gun, it’s The Damned.