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Daddy Christmas is coming to town.

So yesterday Blue-Zoo released their Christmas short entitled Daddy Christmas. Its the charming tale of a father and his son discovering the true meaning of Christmas.

I was really lucky to work on this. I made all the shaders and did a little bit of texturing here and there. The directors wanted to go for a vinyl plastic feel of it so almost everything was a subsurface shader. Since we were rendering in Arnold I started off using the aiSkin shaders, but quickly changed to the alShaders (mainly because I wanted to use the light group AOV’s which, as it turns out, don’t work with sss!). However, the alShaders are actually really nice to use.

Click the image below to watch! (Best not watched while eating or with small children..)



They grow up so fast..

I finished teaching my evening course back in October and I’ve been meaning to post some of my students work. Everyone improved a huge amount in the 32 weeks and I’m really proud of each and every one of them! Here’s a taste of some of the projects.

NB: these are all WIPS and are shown as they were at the end of the course.

Kudos clockwise from top left: Xuesong Wang, Shkelzen Kernaja, Bilguun Enkhtuul, George Royce.



New Showreel up!

Finally updated my reel to include what I’ve been doing at Blue-Zoo and some older freelance stuff.

Click the image below to watch!

You can see a more detailed breakdown here



Its Sir to you!

Woo, I’m officially a teacher!

I was asked to teach the 3D Foundations evening course at Escape Studios which started back in February and goes on to September.

We cover everything from how to open Maya to compositing a fully modeled, textured and lit photoreal object into a photograph. Some of the projects my students are doing are shaping up to be very nice! Theres something really satisfying about teaching especially when you see them progressing.

Its great to be revisiting a lot of Maya that I don’t use every day at work. Always good to keep the skills honed!

Will post pics of the final projects at the end of the course.



Escape Webinar

A few months back I did a webinar for Escape Studios where I talked through a project I worked on while at Polar Media. We did a job in collaboration with MPC for BP as part of their olympics showcase last summer. It was a really unique project in that it was to be projected on 4 or 5 walls in a specially designed space in the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London. This meant a completely unique approach to almost everything and we worked very closely with the team at MPC to ensure all the lineup was spot on and everything was looking tip top.


You can check out my talk here where I outline my role as on set VFX supervisor to final compositing and delivery.

I’ll put up a separate post with more details on that project.



New Website!

Finally launching the website! Still have a good bit of work to upload so bear with me. It will trickle in.