Recently I supervised a series of holiday commercials for Target, in addition to a short musical (called "The Toycracker") that will air during the ABC broadcast of Frozen on December 11th. The team that I helped assemble did a great job handling four commercials and the seven minute short within a very swifly-moving six weeks. Hats off to them for their great work. You can find more info about this on my project page for Target.
The video for the new Clash of Clans commercial is now online, and is up to 15 million views in less than a week. For a small writeup on the project, click here.
I spent a good portion of this year working on the previs team for the latest Star Trek film for Paramount Pictures, both on and off the studio lot. This trailer will also screen before Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so I'm looking forward to seeing those space shots on the big screen.
At the end of last year, I worked on several commercials at Proof, inc. Two of these commercials, one for TurboTax and one for Pepsi, aired on television yesterday during the Super Bowl. A new trailer for the upcoming Furious 7 feature film aired as well, which contained shots I did previs and techvis for back in 2013.
TurboTax: "Boston Tea Party"
I did previs for the first few shots of the Sons of Liberty storming the HMS Surprise (one of the replica ships in the collection of the Maritime Museum of San Diego), and modeled previs characters for the other sequences. Read more on this here.
Pepsi: "Halftime Touches Down"
Continuing with their recurring U.F.O. theme that they've done for decades, Pepsi's halftime commercial featured previs by our Proof, inc. team. The segment I previsualized involved teenagers playing music in their garage with a nearby dog. Read more on this here.
Furious 7 Movie Trailer
Coming to theaters April 3, Furious 7 has a new movie trailer to get people excited about the upcoming film. I helped previs and techvis the sequence of a Lykan Hypersport crashing through the Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi, and did previs for the cargo drop skydiving sequence. Read more on this here.
Like the earlier two movies in the series, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is a light comedy with lots of animated creatures and clever CGI, so it's a great family movie. It releases December 19, 2014. For those curious about what trailer shots I worked on, they include the animals running amuck at the planetarium dinner (0:42), the Triceratops crashing into the case (1:29), the bronze lions in Trafalgar Square (1:50), and the Pompeii lava sequence (2:07). This trailer debuts in theaters today, before Guardians of the Galaxy.
Today I begin work as a previs artist at Proof, inc. in Los Angeles. I am very excited at the opportunity to continue working on exciting feature film projects, and I hope that those who read this will go and see the final product once I am able to announce it.
I am a Visualization Supervisor and Senior Animator in Los Angeles with over eighteen years of experience in the entertainment industry. In my spare time, I create illustrations and visual art.
WHAT IS VISUALIZATION?
Visualization is a process that creates an early version of a project quickly and relatively inexpensively, usually through computer animation. It is common in the entertainment and technology fields, on projects like films, television shows, commercials, VR experiences, and theme park rides.
"Previs" artists create a film's digital blueprint early in preproduction by 3D-animating sequences in the computer before shooting begins, normally around the time of casting. Frequent iterations allow for story ideas to be explored, and alternate The detail provided by this blueprint is crucial for the film crew to determine how to best film the story.