Friday, February 8, 2013

website design

Which do you prefer - light or dark?

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Google Chromebook

I got to model the Chromebook in this ad. If you have a pair of red-and-blue glasses, and don't mind sacrificing quality color perception for a barely perceptible gimmick, you can also view this video in eye-popping 3D. Enjoy.

youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=oLUPlTA9gsY





Friday, April 27, 2012

New Work

Most of my friends' blog posts now begin "in case anyone is still reading." Blogging was a little more energizing back in school when everyone was posting and sharing their work fairly regularly. There are a few reasons I think we in general blog much less since school--there's usually a delay between when a project is finished and when it's officially released, it's harder to show what exactly I did on a project without editing a reel, and there's usually something more important to do than update a blog.

I'm still living in Manhattan. I've been working at Buck (http://www.buck.tv/) on spots for Google, Sherwin, Nationwide, Fruit Snacks, and X Games. You can see clips from these projects in my new reel at reel.whartonanimation.com.







Before I started at Buck I got a freelance gig making 10-second animations for a mobile app. First they asked me to do just one, then they offered me 10, then another 10. It was more work than I could do by myself, but I loved the opportunity to get other people to bring their talents to the projects. For very tiny budgets we got some great results, and after exploring relationships with overseas studios (apparently without as much success) Splatt asked me to continue directing animation.

Splatt seems to be forever in beta. The company's goal is to pursue relationships with other interactive companies and corporate sponsors to build up content, which is key to making the app worth using. In the meantime, you can get a preview of some of the content we have so far at apps.facebook.com/splattapplication. In the last month I was made Creative Director and given more freedom to greenlight projects that I like, working with a larger budget and a quota of animations to produce every month. Since I was a kid I wanted to be an animation director/producer, and at 21, I finally seem to be getting started.




Thursday, June 23, 2011

Toyota Commercial Cinematic

At Firstborn I had the opportunity to develop a commercial pitch for Toyota's concept vehicles. Below you can find a link to my cinematic, a render of my concept for the record player, and a couple of the value studies I sketched in order to convey the mood and style the cinematography would have aimed to achieve.

Two cars meet in a surreal, futuristic world and begin showing off. We discover their racetracks are in fact DJ turntables. When the DJ turns on the records, the cars switch into high gear.

Cinematic: http://vimeo.com/25540659

Conceptual Render:


Value Studies:

Friday, May 13, 2011

New Images

Long time no post. Here's a dump of new images.

First two collaborations with Ringlingers. Bea Sims asked if I could help with some lighting ideas for a set she was working on. Once I opened the scene I couldn't resist digging into the rest of it until I had made it more my own.


Cassie lent me her character, a goofy alligator. I painted new textures and animated a sneak cycle after reading all about them in Richard Williams's Animator's Survival Kit. I had originally made the set for a Skittles project. When it was scrapped, I re-purposed the assets for this.


Here's a still from a shot completed for that canceled Skittles project.


This Skittles title was used and, as of this writing, it looks like it'll be featured on Firstborn's own film/animation reel :)

This was another ill-fated project, a spec commercial for Ford. After our company was bought by Dentsu, it seemed inappropriate to pitch to one of their client's (Toyota's) competitors. Changing to a Toyota pitch changed the story and the set. So, here's a comp I put together of the assets I built for a New York street that 3D Ford car would have sped down.


IBM Smarter City was a fun project that happily launched. I was given free reign to design and build a social services office under Michael Kuzmich's supervision. A cool guy, his instructions to me were to, "just make it cool" because the client's "really chill." Cool, to me, means modern furniture, 15-20 foot high ceilings and a 20mm lens.


For my second project in my first computer animation class I was excitedly telling Betsy Bauer how I planned to add a lens flare. She politely reminded me that lens flares are one of the biggest cliches in computer animation. I cut the flare then, but three years later, finally added a shot with a flare to my reel. I thought it served as a nice transition to my next piece.


These were a couple of my first assignments at Firstborn. We were making an airport for IBM. I told my boss, Eric Eng, that I really wanted to build the Boeing. He let me :)


Also made this apartment for IBM, but lit and shaded it just for kicks.


My biggest project isn't on here. While working, I learned to accept quickly when a direction I'm working on is changed, or a pitch is either shelved or doesn't result in a win for the agency (and therefore a website we get to bring to a finished project). This happened quite frequently.

For three months my main task was designing characters, storyboarding, laying out, modeling and animating a medieval project for a huge client. I had an awesome creative role on the project I would have never expected to be given so quickly at such a great studio. Firstborn definitely doesn't hold you back just because you're new.

Four months after finishing the project, our creative director broke to us the news that the client's marketing department decided to kill the project. They were uncomfortable associating the brand with medieval imagery. Alas, my dreams of having a dragon and ogre on StateFarm.com were shut down. It was actually the first time in Firstborn's history that a finished site failed to launch.

Ultimately though, I'm sure I'm much better prepared to do all the tasks I did on that project at a higher level when a new project comes along which hopefully has been signed off on by the client's marketing department!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Blue Balloons


Worked on this today.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Warehouse

Lighting studies for an upcoming render. (Also modeled the set.)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Shading and Textures


Cassie Otte's model. You can see her animation here.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Photoshopping


My first professional work for Firstborn was released this month. I designed and modeled the interior environments for the Social Services section of IBM's Smarter City website (the offices, server room, and apartment). I also got to build the Boeing jet, many of the vehicles, and some random models for the Air Transportation section.

A Few New Pictures

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Subway Sketches

(or, Why Do These People Look So Depressed?)