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Bowerbirds: August

Bowerbirds: August

Fireflies in an early evening…. It’s probably no surprise that this video was vastly inspired by amazing photography of Yume Cyan. We combined simulated particle fireflies created with custom aperture sprites with a footage of the forrest and then revealed it with the mattes shot specifically for this project (as usual).

There is also a small easter egg for the fans of “The Last of Us”…

 

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Bowerbirds: July

Bowerbirds: July

For the July Bowerbirds clip, I decided to try something new. I created a realistic model of the Moon, based on the elevation maps gathered by NASA and animated the illumination phases as the light (the Sun) traveled around in. Having been recently turned onto the Mystery Science Theater 3000 by Conor, I then stylized it to look and feel like a stop motion project from the early days of Sci-Fi. (Yes, Stop Motion Kit was helpful). A bit of chromatic aberration didn’t hurt, either.

Conor then took over the project, introducing a bunch of cool light leaks, better camera animation and other tweaks to make the whole thing feel nice and contemporary. Final result: below.

 

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Everything Tastes Better in Slow Motion (part 3)

Everything Tastes Better in Slow Motion (part 3)

Five more parts of the slow motion oily madness. Many more to come (if you cannot wait for another batch of five, keep following my YouTube and Facebook).
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Google: Nexus Playground

Google: Nexus Playground

For the 2012 launch of the new Nexus family of devices, we imagined a playful world of Google services interacting around a stack of devices. Following the success of the first Nexus Playground video, we were then asked to create a series of sequels, each talking about a particular type of experience Nexus can provide to its users.

The films below were originally published inside rich media banners, as a part of Google’s 2012/2013 Nexus: The Playground is Open campaign.
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Everything Tastes Better in Slow Motion (part 2)

Everything Tastes Better in Slow Motion (part 2)

Here is part two of our year-long project of liquid experimentation (read: splashing oil around the studio). Can you guess what did we actually shoot to achieve these visuals? Drop me a comment below if you think so :)
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Bowerbirds: May

Bowerbirds: May

It’s a new month (well, almost the end of it) and a new Bowerbirds song time. This time I have used some of the techniques quite familiar to the followers of my tutorial series. The overarching principle remains the same – a video loop revealed by mixing Cyan, Magenta and Yellow inks. It’s quite a jump from the April one and we’re already brewing some ideas for June :)

 

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Everything Tastes Better in Slow Motion (part 1)

Everything Tastes Better in Slow Motion (part 1)

Among many other projects completed last year, Olivari’s Everything Tastes Better in Slow Motion, also known as minimOilisms was probably one of the most fun to create. We were tasked with exploring the world of slow motion macro photography of our client’s olive oil interacting with various substances and objects. In other words, we spent 2 weeks armed with a Phantom camera, splashing galons of oil all over the studio and making everyone hungry with the smell of oil heating up in thousands of Watts of light.

As a result we produced nearly 70 pieces of short, 10 second vignettes – first five of which I can share with you now. More of these will be coming up throughout 2013, as the campaign releases individual “episodes”.
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Bowerbirds: April

Bowerbirds: April

One of the ongoing projects I am working on at Autofuss is a “One Year of Little” campaign for Olivari. Throughout 2013, the brand publishes small, cute, often quirky pieces of media through their social channels.

I have creative directed a number if programs for them (more on that soon) – the latest of which is a series of small music vignettes for the band Bowerbirds.

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Nexus Q: Sweet, Smart

Nexus Q: Sweet, Smart

It’s been a long while since I updated this site. Way too long. I will try to rectify this by uploading some of the videos I have been working on at Autofuss. There’s a lot of super secret stuff going on that I can’t share with you, but some is free to publish.

Nexus Q: Sweet, Smart is a little something something I cooked up a while ago for the launch of Google’s new media player. The product has been shelved, the video never produced, but I still have this kickass test.

 

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Autofuss

OK, so the entire Creative Free Agent initiative did not have a chance to last for long. Before I knew it, I was on the plane to the US, ready to begin a new, exciting chapter in my life. It is my pleasure to announce that as of now I am the new Creative Director at Autofuss – a studio I have been a huge fan of for many years.

What does that mean?

First of all, we have decided to shut down imago studios as a commercial endeavor. We had a good run for nearly a decade, but it is time to move on. Cigdem is focussing on her art while I have my hands full with all the exciting projects here, at Autofuss.

Second – no more freelance gigs from me. That goes without saying. Expect tons of new, exciting content coming out in the weeks, months and years to follow. I now have a great team of animators, artists, cameramen, designers and engineers working with me, not to mention all the awesome IRIS motion control robots of our sister company Bot&Dolly.

As for the AE tutorials – I’m sure that after a bit of a hiatus I will be able to come back to recording some new content for QubaHQ Tuts. It may take a while as a permanent move across the pond is not something you do everyday. Before flying here I have sold my rig to a very talented 3D artist, so it is in good hands. Sometime soon I will probably be building a new PC here and getting back on track with the site.





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