Not Real Drugs!

Vitamin C with blue food coloring and laser etched logos. Made for an educational video on youth drug abuse that I will be shooting and directing.

Sawyer's Bologna

Behold the world’s first laser cut bologna stop motion animation!

Thank you so much to the people at Sawyer’s for taking a chance on such a risqué and experimental idea. Another big thank you to Alex Salsberg at Poke Gravy Studios for being an awesome animator and collaborator. Thanks to Peter Baker for the excellent voice over, and lastly thanks to Cody Troyer for the audio wizardry.

Check out the post below for lots of behind the scenes goodies!

Sawyer's Bologna Behind The Scenes

My idea for this project originated way back in 2011: for an art project I decided to laser engrave the list of ingredients onto several different foods including bread, cheese, and… bologna. The bread and cheese turned out ok, but I was very impressed by the quality of the bologna. All the letters came out sharp with little to no burn marks.

As I began to study video and animation in school, I recognized the potential of a laser cutter to easily render a digital animation in physical form. I entertained the idea of a laser cut bologna animation for a long time, and eventually pitched the idea around to a few different companies, including Sawyer’s, never expecting to hear back from any of them. But lo and behold, a month later they got back to me and gave the project a green light!

Now I am not very good at drawing. So I knew the first thing I would need to create this thing was a kick ass hand drawn animator to draw the initial pig animation. I found Alex Salsberg through craigslist, and after describing the idea to him, he started on some sketches and rough animations to figure out exactly what these piggies would look like and how they would move.

After finalizing the animation, Alex passed each frame on to me as a vector file which could be read by the laser cutter. It was then my task to cut each frame (18 in all) out of bologna.

Finally, with all the pieces cut out, it was time for some good old stop motion animation! Each set of piggies was put in place and photographed from several different angles. Then all the photos were stitched together to create the illusion of motion that you see in the final animation!   

And that's it! If you'd like to see another laser cut stop motion animation I created out of paper click here. To check out some other non-animated laser cut creations click here.

The Eclectic Costume Crusade 2014

The Eclectic Costume Crusade is an elaborate costumed scavenger hunt in Richmond, VA. 2014 was the second year this wacky event took place, and in addition to completing a variety of tasks such as group nose picking, thumb wrestling a cop, and a relay race with pants around ankles, participants could also complete several specialty goals which were written on yellow balloons hidden throughout the city.

Underwater BTS

I was quite fortunate to be the behind the scenes photographer at an underwater shoot in Denver last month. Unlike the camera operator above, I am not scuba certified. So I ended up holding my breath a lot that night! Click here to see more.

Deer

  Caught this fella darting across the grass airport runway in Bull Shoals, AR.

 

Caught this fella darting across the grass airport runway in Bull Shoals, AR.

Lotus Temple Rising

Here’s a Kickstarter video I made for an artist collective here in Boulder, Colorado. It was truly magical to be a part of this project and work alongside so many amazing people. Check out the video and the page, and if you decide to become a backer there are some beautiful rewards in store for you as well.

And a big shout out to Kirk with Birds Eye Optics for the killer helicopter shots at the end of the video!