Friday, 5 September 2014

Work in progress: Broken Bird

Modelling a stylised dove for Broken Bird.

 Trying out some basic materials. Still working on the mesh.
Rigging wings for flight.

Modelled in Blender 2.68

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Broken Bird music video shoot day 2

Over two days we shot visuals for "Broken Bird" and "Nocturnal." The challenge for this project will be to bring out the strong characters and personalities, fantastic or mythical elements of Ariel's songs. 
For "Nocturnal" we were able to shoot in gorgeous forest and garden locations.

Preparing for an action sequence in the forest.

Meanwhile work continues on the animated elements for "Broken Bird."

You can find out more about Ariel Undine and listen to her music on her website here.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Broken Bird music video shoot day 1

Project: two back-to-back music videos for songs by Ariel Undine. This project has been in top secret planning for over a year so it feels good to finally get it into production.

Mobile music video studio mark 1

Mobile music video studio mark 2

Ariel in action. Weather and conditions were perfect and the sheep at the other end of the field behaved themselves (probably star struck...)

Not everything went to plan: what's the difference between an improvised blue screen and a kite? Turns out, no difference at all.

One does not simply walk into Somerset.

You can listen to Ariel Undine's music on her website here:

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Kinetic Typography Double Bill

Two inspiring masterpieces of kinetic typography:
"From Paper To Screen" a short film by Thibault de Fournas about typography and the evolution of the cinema title sequence.

"Shop Vac" a lyric video for a song by Jonathan Coulton, animated by Jarrett Heather.

You can watch my lyric video for John Anealio's song "Steampunk Girl" here.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Where The Underworld Can Meet The Elite [Review: Mostly Harmless]

Angel Rose: pilot, interstellar trader and disappointment to her parents. Desperate to pay her debts, escape her mother's somewhat unhelpful matchmaking efforts, and get away from her drab home planet of Slough, she agrees to ship a cargo of gold across a pirate-infested region of space. It's fair to say her mission doesn't entirely go to plan and Angel is about to learn some important lessons about survival, join the quest for an ancient alien artefact, and make some new friends - not necessarily friends that would meet her parents' approval.

Mostly Harmless is a novel set in the Elite universe, written by Kate Russell. Although the author is an accomplished technology journalist and writer, this is her first novel but it's confidently written, packed with interesting characters, and really brings out the danger and paranoia of the Elite setting, while throwing in plenty of humour - as the title might suggest, there's a hint of Douglas Adams in the writing style. Also, as another reviewer pointed out there are three strong women in pivotal roles - is there a Bechdel test for novels?

This novel was supported by a Kickstarter campaign and was part of the meta-funding campaign for the Elite: Dangerous game which has just been released as a beta. Kate's campaign rewards included the opportunity to name a character in the novel who would be guaranteed a gory, painful death. Let's just say the book delivers on this front too.

The end result is an enjoyable and satisfying space opera - and perhaps a promising start to a fiction-writing career.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Steampunk Girl (John Anealio) - Lyric Video

Download This Song For Free:

"Steampunk Girl"
from Laser Zombie Robot Love by John Anealio
(C) John Anealio 2012

Features the Steampunk Girl artwork by Len Peralta

Animation (C) Joshua Westbury 2014
With thanks to the Blender Foundation

Sunday, 6 July 2014

"Steampunk Girl" Screening: Kino London

The premiere screening of "Steampunk Girl" will be at Kino London, at Electrowerkz in Angel, on 7th July 2014. Doors are at 7.30. You can find out more about this "open mic film night" on the Kino London website.

Steampunk Girl is a song by John Anealio: discover more of John's music here.