Thursday, December 19, 2013

Greeenscreen is portable and has lasted really well.

This was the first day i set up my new green screen awhile back. I just felt like sharing a little. Its relativly cheap, bit the screen and the stands are okay. The lights melted one evening on a very long shoot for "the Messengers" So i wouldnt recommend the lights. Its a fun set though and the fabric has lasted for over a year now and that even with shoots in the woods. So it kept clean even. lol
 I mostly leave it in the studio at work now so we can use it regularly. But as needed it does leave for side work. So thats the end of my rambling for today.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Short Film - "The Messengers" - The Beginning

Ive kept relatively quiet on this for awhile now, but here is the start of the production diary of sorts.

The Messengers is a short film we began pre-production on in December 2012. The Director (Joseph) and I began with a novel and created story boards of the first set and scenes.

So I plan to take you thru the process here and I'll will keep the steps brief and include pictures so feel free to write or comment or ask questions.

Friday, November 22, 2013

HDRi Breakdown for Visual FX

So an aspiring artist asked today for info on HDRi probes and I thought to myself man I really miss talking shop and Im working way too much....lol So Im taking a break for the film and the Art Director day job and all that to write a few things about 3d and HDRI and lighting for VFX and maybe post some of the new things ive been working on.  Lets start with "How to take HDRi"



 I can offer info on four different solutions.
1) Low end is to use the gazing ball you can see more explanation on this tutorial i did here: http://www.digitaltutors.com/lesson/9878
          The good part about this is that its cheap. The bad part is that the resolution and quality are low. 

2) Next level is the option youve found with a different type of reflective item on a lens.
            The good part about this is that its a little easier than the garden gazing ball so your more efficient. The bad part is that the resolution and quality are low and there is a cost of 400$

3) My preferred level is right in the middle range of cost and pretty high in quality. 
            a)You need a full frame sensor on a camera like one on the Canon MKII or MKIII http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/slr_cameras/eos_5d_mark_iii 
            b) And a nice quality fish eye lens.   One such as these http://www.sigmaphoto.com/lenses/fisheye    The cost is between 400-800$ and the quality matters. 
                                   I prefer these brands due to quality in weight, strength, and durability. 
            e) Then you need software. The one i've found the most reliable and highest quality is PT GUI http://www.ptgui.com/
                                   There is a free one that some people recommend and i tried it ( I like free) But in the end i had to go buy PTGUI to get a real stable pipeline for making my HDRIs. 

I'm thinking of making a blog post and tutorial with pictures of all this if that's helpfull?

4) This is the highend and expensive option is harder to find info about but here is one of the several companies making the scanning and panoramic images. http://www.panoscan.com/MK3/index.html






Thursday, July 11, 2013

Santa Barbara Symphony - Painting the Seasons

Symphony - Painting the Seasons: Appreciation of art! Something we've lessened over the past 50 years.


I like to see art like this being kept alive.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Sometimes there are fun happenstances

Sometimes there are fun happenstances. That wasnt the case this time. We had a specific look and feel we were looking for. We used a T-Shirt design from Houdini at Siggraph 2011as our inspiration, Its one of Michaels and my own favorite T's. So here is our new Tshirt design I hope you like it. If you see us wearing them around please say hi.
Write me with your thoughts ideas or such. I am totally open to hearing others ideas. I may or may not want to change this Tshirt design, but Im sure open to making additional ones as well.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Making an example for VFX Mill

I wanted to share a little of the work ive been doing at home recently. More specifically the process that im going through. Its slow going since I do work fulltime as Art Director. So my days are filled with meetings, scheduling, making decisions. Fighting to make the products we sell better, and getting my guys paid. so needless to say I barely get a chance to be an artist anymore during the day job. So I started VFX Mill with a business partner and then i get my ART "fix".