So excited to finally be releasing this! Boundless is a short film created by Kirk Williams, Buddy Thomas, Ian Blei, and myself about pursuing your passion no matter what obstacles you encounter along the way. Check out www.BirdsEyeOptics.com for more info on the film and its amazing creators.
And here it is! Heroin: The Hardest Hit is a 45min documentary on youth heroin abuse in the state of Virginia.
Just finished directing/shooting some dramatic reenactments for "Heroin: The Hardest Hit" a documentary on youth heroin abuse in the state of Virginia. It was great working with such talented young actors, and I couldn’t have done it without some killer lighting design by Buddy Thomas of Eyeconic Production.
"Heroin: The Hardest Hit" premieres December 2nd in Richmond, VA. Click here for (free!) tickets.
Here's a funny lil' video for KOIOS. I did the graphics and VFX.
Hand made wire sculpture. Shot in camera and color corrected in After Effects.
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.
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!
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!
A short film about a young man’s recurring nightmare.
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.
Monday was the premiere of a web series that has been in the making for nearly 2 years called The Art of Acting Out, of which I was fortunate enough to provide animation for the entire first season. Here is a short segment from episode 3 advertising a glove oil called Bahls Deip.
Here's a Kickstarter video I put together for a new line of mountain bike apparel based out of Denver, CO.
A short piece I animated for MyGiftCardSupply.com