14 Aug 2013

CV Updates

just some of the letter 'O' shapes from the many jobs I've worked on. 

Here is an extract from my latest CV update outlining my skill set which I am now offering on a freelance basis.

- 3d Maya Generalist
- Creative Design
- Compositing
- Motion graphics and 2d animation
- VFX Supervision
- On Set Supervision
- Bidding / Costing VFX Shots and sequences
- Delivering VFX
- Client Facing
- Pre-vis, storyboarding, animatics
- CG enhanced Illustration & photographic retouching
- Team Management & Recruitment
- PR / Marketing
- Business development
- CG business administration and consultation

Software expertise: Maya, Nuke, After Effects, Photoshop, Flash, ToonBoom, Filemaker

full details about me can be seen here.

13 Jun 2013

Resigned from SquareZero


Two weeks ago I left SquareZero the company I started almost ten years ago. Looking for new creative freedom I decided to move on after I spent almost a year doing a handover of the company to the new management.

We did some great stuff there with the changing team over the years and I'm very proud of what was achieved. The in house team and the favourite freelancers + collaborators produced well over a thousand projects in those ten years and hopefully they will continue turning out great work.

I'm looking out for new opportunities for the future - something the same something different, not sure what yet. I happily intend to continue offering support and further services to SquareZero wherever we can mutually benefit.

Here are a set of design ideas for the SquareZero logo which I was figuring out back in 2003:

23 May 2013

Eurovision Song Contest Promo

We made a fantasy world high end promo for Zlata Ognevich. We were asked to create an immersive animation for Zlata’s entry, Gravity, which was performed at the Eurovision Finals in Malmo, Sweden in May. Zlata came within 20 points of the eventual winner Denmark and she finished third in the end.

I headed the animation department which included all our guys plus some of our favourite freelancers to do some serious compositing, chromakeying, tracking and effects.  I personally composited the pictured scenes as well as making the 3d diamonds.

The video can be seen here on YouTube where it's had 2.5 million hits. 

21 May 2013

Fairy Party Invite

Brief to make a party invite for a fantasy themed fancy dress party.

17 Mar 2013

My Parents are Aliens

Job I storyboarded and animated, found in online archive:

Liquid Television Graphics was commissioned by Granada Media children's producer Beryl Richards to produce the titles for new comedy series My Parents Are Aliens. Designed by Tim Varlow, they were made in a 2D 1950s comic-book style, reflecting the show's storyline of two aliens who crash land in Surbiton and become parents to three orphaned children. Animated in Matador and composited in Illusion by Olly Tyler and Thorston Rienth, the new series debuts on Tuesday (9 November) on CITV.

Broadcast Magazine
5 November, 1999

10 Feb 2013

New 3d models from 2012

To brush up on some modelling skills last year made a few new models. There was an oil refinery - full of a tangle of complex pipes and engineering and also a set swords and blades from different historical periods. Also a set of oil paints picked up and improved from a model started six years ago.

4 Feb 2013

WAA Mannequins

A job we did at SquareZero a few years ago that still makes me smile. The brief was unusual for us in that it was fro a print campaign only - so no animation needed. The dummies were made in Maya using some generic human figure. Jonson awkwardly bent them into stiff poses and rendered them high resolution. The photo backgrounds were supplied by the agency and we integrated them in Photoshop.

Hologram effects work

The company I founded in 2004 SquareZero  became the leading production company for content appearing in today's holographic projections. We created over 50 events for the Musion Eyeliner platform since our first hologram for the launch of the Toyota Auris.

The holograms were made possible by our partnership with the patent holding inventors of the projection system, a company called Musion. Their Musion Eyeliner foils use an old victorian stage illusion technique updated for the digital age using HD projectors and high tech projection foil.

I  helped design, animate, composite and shoot live action which was optimised for maximum effect on the system. We devised all the best practices to get the most impact out of the holograms and fully understand the do's and don't involved with making the most sensational events.

We also were involved in recreations of famous people - including Frank Sinatra for Simon Cowell's birthday.

We were the leading and principal content partner for Musion's Eyeliner system. We have created hologram media for a large range of events.
Dubai property development promotional event hologram

Afromedia 50th anniversary celebration event, Nigeria

Rostelcom hologram. Russian telecom giant corporate event.

Here is a selection of the more prominent projects:
Abbaworld - Earls Court, Afromedia, Agfa trade show, Audi Moscow, BT conference event, Cyberdolls - DJ Ursula, Caterpillar Munich trade show, Colt with Ferrari, Dubai Properties, Frank Sinatra for Simon Cowell, Foynes museum hologram, GT Bank - Nigerian bank, i.am Plus at Selfridges, Jake's BarMitzvah,  Laboutin retrospective at the Design Museum, LG phone launch with David Blaine, Martini, Morecombe and Wise for Children in Need, Mobitel - African mobile phone company. Paul Arden resurrected for Saatchi's at Cannes Lions, HRH Prince Charles virtual appearance, Kuwait National Day, Rostelcom telecoms event, Ranstad, Rock 3D - Entertainment installation in Gibraltar. Speedo Lzr Racer launchToyota Auris Promo (IVCA Award for Innovation), Swan Lake - Russian Ballet. Thales flight simulator launch, Transaero airline anniversary, Urjuan Nights, Vodafone.
SquareZero won industry awards for Speedo, Laboutin, Abbaworld and the Yota Swan Lake projects.

Michael Phelps in award winning hologram for launch of Speedo swimwear range

3d animations for lifesize Formula One car