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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

Underground Loop Mentorship Program 2008

23 Feb

http://www.livingmusic.com.au/our-team

Underground Loop is a groundbreaking mentorship program which has facilitated collaborations between leading Australian hip hop artists and young teenagers at risk and within Victoria’s Juvenile Justice System.

The Underground Loop 2008 CD features 22 compelling and boundary-pushing original tracks straight out of hip hop’s real underground.

The Underground Loop CD is the result of collaborations between 22 teenagers aged 15-21 and mentors such as Tom-Tom and Rhyno (True Live), Paso Bionic (Curse Ov Dialect), Mantra (Equills, The Herd) DJ Wasabi (Illzilla, Combat Wombat) and other established DJs, MCs, musicians and producers on the Australian music scene.

Complete with bonus video features, the CD is available through Sound Vault Distribution www.soundvault.com.au and
www.livingmusic.com.au

This mentor ship is run by Living Music at their studios in North Melbourne

Living Music recognizes music as a powerful medium for positively engaging young people to act in their own interests, with their own beliefs and to their own capabilities.

Through Living Music’s programs youth participants can re-connect, fostering relationships with community based welfare organisations, professional musicians and music industry.

With young people working alongside high profile music industry professionals, Living Music provides a range of opportunities that will assist young people to forge careers in the music industry as well as build self-esteem and social connection.

Two Tap Tv

In 2008 and 2009, Two Tap TV produced a series of music Videos for each of the graduates of these mentorships. Time and resources were short and each of these videos were shot in under 2hrs and edited in less than 5 or 6. It was a hectic schedule and i am immensely pleased and proud of the results. It was very rewarding working with these kids and helping them create a end product that they would be proud of.

Crown Enforcers Regiment IV (the Southbank Flames)

22 Feb

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This is the photo gallery of the Crown Enforcers Regiment IV (The Southbank Flames). This regiment is composed of

1 command HQ

1 platoon command squads

3 infantry squads

1 Heavy weapon squad

3 Sentinals

1 Demolisher

I will be uploading further images over the coming days.

Make sure you check out the 1st sample video of the up coming trailer for “Melburn 2050, a City in flames” posted else where on the site.

Broken Body Clock filming for the Tech Production Network

20 Feb

I have started producing a series of tutorial videos for the web site of the Tech Production Network

The College of Sound & Music Production (ACAS Member College – RTO#50392), is now offering comprehensive training resources for the delivery and assessment of Music and Entertainment Qualifications for VET in Schools.

The College of Sound and Music Production is able to provide auspice arrangements for schools, allowing delivery of accredited training that culminates in students receiving a nationally recognised Certificate or Statement Of Attainment.

The concept of our unique service is designed to bring teachers of VET Music and/or Technical production together and provide training resources as well as a forum for guidance on design, delivery and assessment.

We call it the Tech Production Network (TPN)

The videos that I am producing so far consist of tutorials on:

How to mic up a drum kit in a recording studio
How to set up and tune a PA
How to roll up mic leads
Interviews with industry figures including band manager Darren Danielson, studio engineer Greg O’Shea

The first video is I completed is a re-edit of a instant CD live recording that Salt Studios produced for Clutch, Strange Cousins, Live at the Prince of Wales in 2009. Using a mobile recording studio set up in the back of a Hiace parked in the car park, the crew from Salt mixed and produced a live CD of the Clutch gig that was then available for sale minutes after the band left the stage.

For now all the videos except this one are only available to the students of TPN, if in future any are made available to the public I will post them up here for everyone to see.

Pyramid Rock Festival 2010 Video produced for Myspace Festival Guide

9 Feb

In 2010 Oriel Guthrie and I headed to the Pyramid Rock Festival to film a series of interviews and promo videos for MySpace.com. About a week after we finished and uploaded the vids (and thankfully after we had been paid) MySpace shat itself and cut its world wide staff by 50% and closed down all MySpace offices outside of North America. So I think we were one of the last to film anything for them in Australia. I think Justin Timberlake is running the company now.

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I was so stoked to have the chance to meet and interview Arrested Development as they have been one my favourite bands for years and some of the first CD’s I ever bought. I picked up a couple of second hand albums at Au Go-GO records way back in 97 and they come out every so often when I want to say Hi to Mr Wendall. The interview went great and they were all happy which was great until at the end of the interview i realised that my fly had been open the whole time, damn you cheap Jay Jay jeans.

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Shout Out Louds Interview at Pyramid Rock Festival. These guys were pretty cool and had some great stories about playing at festivals above the artic circle and up the Amazon River and were suitably impressed by my ability to sweat in Swedish

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Little Red, it shocks me how good this song makes me feel. These guys are a great party band and had the crowd jumping and generally going nuts. Look carefully and you can see a bloke with another dude sitting on his shoulders who in turn has a girl sitting on his, crazy.

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