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For the second year in a row I was invited to help create the digital backdrops for the musical numbers at the Tony Awards. Theater was such a big part of my high school days, so getting to build animations for Broadway’s top acts is a real joy for me.

For those of you who want to keep up with my work, here’s the four pieces I worked on (all hopefully cued up correctly):

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I’ve never been good at sports, a tolerable singer, or a 4.0 student, so high school was a drag for me…until I got involved in theater. For one week a semester I felt like a rock star. My senior year I got to play Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof. Those were the “good ol’ days” I look back fondly on.

Imagine my shock to get an email from a friend of a friend who needed help finishing the motion graphics for THE FLIPPING TONY AWARDS! My very first broadcast gig was for the biggest night in theater! I about fell over.

I had to pick myself up quickly, though, because what ensued was a fast-paced week of animating, revising, red bull drinking, and sleep deprivation.

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Effects shots are incredibly tedious.

In my short film Avarice, we have over 180 visual effects elements and it’s only a 12 minute film. We have been in post-production with this film for about 8 months, and the only visual effects shots that are completed as of now are two shots of opening titles. Visual effects take quite a bit of time to complete, even if you have someone who is very skilled and talented in the area. Continue Reading…

Here are the five most read posts this past month:

  1. 3 Ways the Hunger Games Movie Will Ruin the Books (Beware: SPOILERS)
  2. 3 First-Time Producer Mistakes
  3. If You Love Movies, Don’t Marry a Filmmaker
  4. Feeling Like a No Talent Hack? This Won’t Help.
  5. 3 Tips for Directing Children

And here are the underdogs, five great posts that fell through the cracks:

  1. 5 Ways to Escape the Chaos
  2. Tutorial: How to Create a Light Glint Effect
  3. Why Silent Films Have Such a Loud Voice
  4. Wardrobe on a Shoestring Budget
  5. Top 10 Hard Lessons Learned While Shooting The Glass

Enjoy, and we’ll see you next week!

Directing actors is one thing. But how do you direct a character that isn’t actually there? In Avarice, one of the main characters was the Light, a fairy type light that befriends the Girl in the beginning of the film. I had never directed a film when I started this project, and I certainly had never dealt with directing something that wasn’t even there, so there were a lot of things I wish I had known before going into it.

These are some little tidbits that I learned along the way that might help someone who is filming something similar: Continue Reading…

If you’ve worked with me you know I like to do as much in camera as possible. The computer has it’s uses, but digital effects will always lack the complexity and randomness of organic, live-action special effects. Think I’m a bit of a dinosaur? Check out the behind the scenes features on any J.J. Abrams or Guillermo del Toro film.

Needing to add light glints to a number of props in our short-film Avarice, the initial thought was to use Adobe AfterEffects and some manner of plugin, perhaps Red Giant Software’s Starglow (part of the Trapcode Suite). While this would have worked, it would have looked computer generated…AKA fake.

What was our solution? Continue Reading…