Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Some old, some new. Here a a few images from some concepts I did a couple of years ago.
They were for a proposed kids TV series called 'Oddsox'. As far as I know, it's still in development.
I won't go into too much of the story, suffice to say, it involved a group of 'outcast' socks living in the magical world of an old attic. Originally they were going to use puppets, but then it was thought an 'all-cg' approach was the way to go.
It was a fun idea, I hope it comes off one day.

Here's more recent 'ol mate Darren Roach got me this gig with Penthouse Magazine.
Basically, they wanted to see what cartoon character ladies would look like with their clothes off.
I ended up doing 5 or 6 of them. I hadn't done any 'pin-up' work since the 90's. It was tough starting one of these things after such a long time. Love to do more!!

....also a couple of 'behind the scenes' photos of the minature enviroment I helped create for the 'Dinos on Ice' doco.

A fellow called Chris Martin did the initial form work and some of the detailing. He worked in the VFX industry in England on the 'Avengers' movie as well as 'Lost in Space'. It was cool to talk to someone who had 'been around'. He had some great stories about some the different people he had met during his career.

The miniature started life as a carved polystyrene surface on a wooden frame. Different mixtures of filler, concrete and plaster were then layered over that for surface texture. It was then painted and a combination herbs, lichen and small plastic aquatic plants were used to detail the forest floor.

It's inspired me to do more 'real' (as opposed to CG) model building. It really is great fun, and a nice break away from the computer screens.

Finally a bit of 'broadcast design'. This was an opener for a half hour documentary on how local farmers are dealing with climate change. I seem to be doing a lot of shows based around climate change lately.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Here's a couple of sample shots from the doco 'Dinosaurs on Ice'
directed by Ruth Berry. I've worked with Ruth on a few projects now, all

This doco aired on the ABC a couple of weeks ago and, as the title suggests, it deals with
the possibilty that dinosaurs lived in the polar regions of the world.

The creation and animation the beasts for this show was deftly handled by an old pal of mine Bevan Lynch. Enviroments, comping etc etc was handled by myself and our small team at our

What was cool from my perspective is that we built a miniature for the prehistoric landscape. I had always wanted to do this. I used a 'model railway' approach to the detailing. We then put our CG trees and atmospheric effects over the top. Water/mud splashes were filmed elements.

I included this shot because I don't think it made the final ABC cut of the film.

Part of the doco dealt with the age old question: 'What wiped out the dinosaurs?'
I had to animate asteroids crashing into the Earth as well as volcanic activity gone wild.

The whole thing was hard work, but a good experience.
It was probably the most demanding project I have had to work on in a while. The biggest challenge I found was keeping a consistent look and quality to all the shots.

Oh I should credit another mate of mine, Darren Roach,who did a bang-up job on some bgnd matte paintings.
He's another one of these talented bastards I love to surround myself with.


Another post soon....