January 2009 Archive

Time passes

January 27th, 2009

Lately I been collecting images of clocks and watches for my next personal project (they are a key component). I have also been testing out the new camera rig and preparing my animatic for framing shots and animation tests. Although it’s still too early to show anything, I did sketch out designs of clocks in preparation for story boarding and style frames.

Other then that, I have been packing and gathering stuff for my journey to LA tomorrow (January 28th 2009) for interviews. I’ll see if I can get a picture or two posted… maybe even document the trip. We shall see.

Camera rig

January 19th, 2009

I am starting a new personal project and it requires some crazy camera movements. However, the default Maya camera’s suck at doing great camera moves, so I came across this badass camera rig for Maya. It’s called shotCam.

It’s a mel script Lionel Gallat wrote and can be downloaded at his website: http://seithcg.com/wordpress/

P.S. I also found this alternative here. It’s actually based on Lionel’s script and works just about the same.

Magazines and birdies

January 18th, 2009

Just got the recent copies (US is a month late compared to UK) to 3D World and Computer Arts.

I just got done going through 3D World and they had an amazing tutorial on building a flock of birds. I tried it, and after a few tweaks, I got something pretty nifty:

This should come in handy for future projects.

Finally, webpage and portfolio done

January 16th, 2009

After months of seclusion, I’m finally done with my website and personal work. My montage 2009 can be viewed here.

I will also be updating this page with ramblings on anything vfx, motion graphics, or art related and most of it will probably be personal stuff.

Oh, and I’m currently seeking employment in LA or NYC area for vfx and motion graphics work.

VFX for Benjamin Button

January 16th, 2009

I can’t help but be amazed by the work done on the film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button:

These images are from fxguide’s article, The Curious Case of Aging Visual Effects. Check it out!

As I am finishing my webpage

January 16th, 2009

I have been listening to the new Animal Collective album Merriweather Post Pavilion.

Animal Collective's Merrirweather Post Pavillion


It was foggy this morning

January 14th, 2009

x264 QuickTime Codec 1.1

January 14th, 2009

I recently found a H.264 codec in a ProVideo Coalition article entitled Brightness Issues with H.264 QuickTime Movies. This codec does a better job at exporting H.264 movies out of Quicktime Pro and does not have the gamma/saturation issue the Apple H.264 codec produces, which is something I was experiencing when I was making mov’s for the site.

Here is the link: http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/20273

Found one of my old documents

January 13th, 2009

One Bic pen.