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LEGOMATION

15 Jun

Its been an interesting month at the Broken Body Clock Studios with the sounds of LEGO bricks being shuffled and sorted and bright lights burning late into the night. I have begun producing a series of web videos for Sportsbet.com.au to help promote their special offers by creating a LEGO sports TV show. This show is called Brick Tease and the first two episodes feature various LEGO reenactments from recent Australian Rules Football games. You can view the first 2 episodes below.

Episode 1

Episode 2

These represent my first attempts at Legomation and its been a very steep learning curve with tight deadlines and epic animation sessions. Overall I am stoked with the results and there is no doubt in my mind that I will be creating many, many more different Lego videos in the years to come.

The project came about through the display I had created in the shop window of my studio. At various times I have different dioramas and displays and the one of my pirate LEGO collection attracted the eyes of a passer by and BAM, a LEGOmation project is born.

To assist with camera placement, to introduce camera movements in to the animation as well as to help keep the camera as stable as possible I decided to attempt to build a motion camera rig out of my Technic collection. As yet the footage that I have shot using the motion rig has not gone live but I will post some footage in my next post. Until then here is a short animation of the rig in action that I shot as part of a series of test using the Dragonframe stop go animation software.

After about 5 hours or so of tinkering I had built and refined the design a number of times to the point that I was ready to start testing it out. I was very pleased with the results and the fact that I made something that worked. I used pieces from the two Technic sets that I have and plan on building in a tilt function in the near future to assist with shot composition.

Im am planning on editing together a tutorial on how to build and operate the motion rig as well as a series of other videos on how I’ve gone about starting out as a LEGOmator and some of the things I’ve learned about the process. If people are interested in seeing a series of video tutorials on LEGOmation then please leave a comment

Below are some raw production stills, these images have not been colour graded and you can see quite a difference in the final edits with the colours being much brighter and saturated.

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Stay tuned for more on the Brick Tease LEGOmation project as it develops

Cocoa Jackson Presents ‘…THERE’S MORE!’

18 Mar

23/03/12, Friday Night is film night at Cocoa Jackson Studios presents ‘…There’s More!’ a four day show case of Melbourne street art and street culture.

Cutouts and Writers Bench, two street art doco’s that i have worked on are being screened at this Street Art Festival at the Cocoa Studios in Brunswick, Melbourne.

Also features the world premiere of ‘Children of the Iron Snake’ by A. McBeth, Tropfest entry ‘Me-We’ with E.L.K and Father Bob McGuire, a claymation street adventure ‘Kaos in King Street’ by LC Beats, plus a swag of short films exploring the Australian street art and graffiti culture.

Presented by Joske Films, in conjunction with Invurt Magazine, Resolution X, Online Clubber, Big Air, MP Fikaris, SEARious Jones, Jacqueline_Gwynne.com and the good folk at Cocoa Jackson Studios.

Tickets are strictly limited. Get in early and secure your spot! Find more information here

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Rock City Network the early years

24 Feb

This is a series of videos I produced for Ben Pitcher early on as he began to set up what was first “Melbourne Rock City” and has now grown into “The Rock City Network”

Cut Outs – Melbourne Street Art Doco 2003

24 Feb

Charting the rise of the stencil art movement in Melbourne, Cut Outs is a gritty, urban tale of community and social commentary. Having played at ACMI, St Kilda film and MUFF festivals and on broadcast, Director Cassandra Bakic brings the movement to life in a slick and stylised film.

This a doco that i worked on with Cassandra bakic, Adam Potrakis, Lara Luz & Debra Patterson. The subject is the growing Melbourne STENCIAL ARTS movement as of 2003.
In December 2003 ‘Cut Outs’ won The Best Film at the RMIT University Screen awards and was nominated in following categories: Best Cinematography, Best Soundtrack, Best Post production.
In July 2004 “Cut Outs” won Best Tertiary Documentary at ATOM Awards. ATOM stands for Australian Teachers of Media and it is annual festival, which highlights the best works in film and television Australia wide. The film was also included in the St Kilda Film Festival and the Melbourne Underground Film Festival (MUFF) in 2004.

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Directed and edited by Cassandra Bakic, this was an incredible project to work camera on. We explored the back alleys of Melbourne, finding hidden gems tucked away behind bins out the back of Chinese restaurants or half way up a wall. The intro of this film still blows me away and after the recent attempts to save the Banksy art failed, it is a glimpse back into Melbourne’s street art history. In addition to doing most of the camera work i also have a few cameos, firstly as the graffer at the end of the intro and then as the face of Prism as he was unable to make it for the shoot.

Cut outs is being screened as part of the “There’s More” film festival on the 23/3/12 at the Cocoa Studios in Brunswick. This enabled me to fix up the colour grading (or lack of) in the original version and upload a higher res version.

Back To The Top Tour 2008

23 Feb

If you’ve spent any time at all in the Australian Alpine Resorts over the last decade it’s likely that you’ve stumbled across the ‘Back To The Top’ tour at one point. Now in its thirteenth year ‘Back To The Top’ has firmly established itself as the major calendar event in alpine entertainment, touching an incredibly diverse audience in rural, metro, urban and alpine regions of Victoria and New South Wales.

Since its inception 13 years ago, Back To The Top has featured ground breaking artists including The Jezabels, Downsyde, Scribe, Bliss n Eso, Midnight Juggernauts, Rogue Traders, Calling All Cars, The Galvatrons and Airborne, just to name a few. This year the ‘Back To The Top’ line up is no exception, introducing one of Australia’s finest emerging acts Polar Nation.

Produced for Rock City Networks