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Back in September, I was part of the team at Artistic Image that got to work on the player introduction for the Falcons Jumbotron. This piece plays at each game before the players leave the locker room and run onto the field. The player footage at the beginning is mocked in for placement where they shoot a live feed from the locker room/tunnel area. Ed Dye directed the piece, while Daniel Wiggins and Daniel Barnes handled the 3d animation. Lee Kordel and Jeff Ling did the texturing, shading, and lighting. Owen Chikazawa animated the mid-section with the rotoscoped player footage, while I was responsible for compositing/effects. I learned a TON putting these elements together and helping bring this piece to life. This was an awesome piece to work on, and it is definitely exciting to know that a stadium full of people see this every game!

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In a post from 2009, I said to ‘Expect big things from this guy in the near future!!!” Well… that future is upon is. My brother, Jamie, is a few days away from graduating the Art Institute Atlanta with a BFA in Digital Filmmaking and Video Production. He has been kicking some serious ass in his department, and I am SUPER proud of him! In preparation for his transition from full-time student to full-time name-taker… he launched a website featuring his work, and put together an impressive reel!I am really excited for him, and can’t wait to see what awesome things he is able to tackle in the future.

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When life picks up speed, the momentum can be somewhat overwhelming. In wake of that momentum, I have totally neglected my own site. Typically I hate the “Oh, sorry I haven’t been posting much, but hey… I’M BACK” entries. Yet, here I am. So much has happened in the past 8 months that I don’t even know where to begin. Over the next several posts, I would like to get things back up to speed with what has been what in my neck of the woods.The biggest change in my realm, is undoubtedly work-related. In late November, I was contacted by a local Atlanta studio to freelance on a showreel of animated print advertisements. The studio is Artistic Image, located in the King Plow Arts Center in west AtlantaThe studio is really awesome, and does amazing work! After working on the showreel I got to work on some really fun spots for Cartoon Network LA. I was given all of the graphic elements to animate, and the concept was that ordinary back-to-school items would transform into giant aliens and battle it out. Really really fun spots to work on!rnrnThen in January, the crew at Artistic Image asked me on full-time for a 6-month contract to work as a part of the team to revamp the historical Stone Mountain Lasershow. rnThe project would entail video-mapping technology to create the illusion that the mountain comes to life… giving the show an added element of dimension that the traditional lasers could not provide. It was an incredible project to work on, and took an immense amount of work to complete. Everyone on the team at Artistic Image did an amazing job. I had a chance to see the show’s opening July 4th weekend, and judging by the crowd’s reaction – this renovation was a HUGE success! I feel very honored that I was able to work on a project of this magnitude, and one that has such a historical significance to the state of Georgia.This spot on 11alive.com gives a little more insight to what we didJune marked the end of my contract, at which time, I was offered a full-time position as an animator. I graciously accepted the position, for I have been wanting to transition away from designing for web/print for well over 5 years. I was finally able to make the jump to motion design full-time, and I am incredibly happy about it. Everyone on the team at Artistic Image is super-talented, and most of all – really great to work with! I’m really excited that they gave me the opportunity to come on board and be part of the team!

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Back in 2001, MK12 is the studio that prompted me to fall in love with motion graphics. Their 4D Softcore Sweater Porn (not as dirty as you think) piece is solely responsible for igniting my love for moving design elements. It pleases me to say that the crew at MK12 have done it again with Telephoneme.tv.

TELEPHONEME | MK12 from MK12 on Vimeo.

To me, Telephoneme has a similar feel to 4D Softcore Sweater Porn… but with a matured, precise execution that only comes with years of experience. Telephoneme clearly exercises new techniques developed since ’01, and illustrates a strong mastery to the medium – both sonically and visually. If you are interested in more detail behind Telephoneme’s concept, check out official website and download the EPK.

MK12 // 4D Softcore Sweater Porn from MK12 on Vimeo.

I never seem to tire of watching this bit. It seems almost timeless in it’s execution. Nearly 10 years later, and it still retains it’s magic, keeping me wondering how some of it was accomplished. Classic. Be sure to check out MK12.com for more of their work. You won’t be wasting your time… and I’m sure you will recognize a lot of what they have done.

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