Just a brief update for all you intrepid internet individuals!
Contrary to popular belief, im not dead. I DID go to Jamaica recently though and that was a blast! However, I have called you here today to discuss that! (though you will be getting a nicely edited video of that trip at some point. Speaking of which, see the bottom of this post for a video of a trip i went on last year)
Nope! I simply wanted to grant you a little info on what plates I have spinning in the air.
Aside from regular work that brings in the money, of which there is a lot of right now. (a lot of work, not money. Well, the money too... lol) I am currently putting the finishing touches on a fun Kinetic Typography piece that i think you all will really enjoy. I certainly enjoyed making it! Also, I am working on a couple vids from the trips ive been on recently. One being to the Sequoias, the other being Jamaica. But those will take a bit more time to get out. And on the long range, my wife and I are going to start on a short film.
I know what you may be thinking... "Patrick, didnt you start on a short film awhile back? What ever happened to that?"
The answer is... When spinning plates in the air, sometimes one crashes to the ground. In this case it was the Or Kribos inspired "Betrayal" short. I DID start on it. Got through early storyboarding, but it was a bit ambitious and unclear, so it went on indefinite hiatus. And thats the story im sticking to. :)
SHORT TERM: You will be seeing the Kinetic piece id imagine in the next few weeks if all goes well. So be on the lookout. Its almost done, so thats a definite release! And it scratches my Designer/Animator itch.
MID TERM: A couple of "trip" videos are coming. One has been started, and another is in a holding pattern behind it. Those WILL happen simply because I really enjoy editing AND because my family demands to see it at some point. That, like i mentioned, scratches my Editor itch. (and director itch a bit, as i was the one who shot the footage)
LONG TERM: A Short film of undetermined length at this point. But no more than 10 min for sure. I don't know what its about. We are just in the ideas stage. But it WILL also get done as i have a serious Director itch that needs to be scratched.
But like i said. Its longer term because i gotta go through all the stages of production. But i will keep you informed as time goes on as to the status of the project.
And that is what is going on in my world. I wish you all the best, and i will keep you up to date when i can.
As promised... here is the first trip video i put together for my Family (and for fun). Its a little rough around the edges, but it was fun to shoot and edit. I hope you enjoy!
Question: "What exactly is it you do again?"
Answer: "I'm currently working as a Previs Artist in the Film/TV industry."
[Insert Blank Confused Stare Here]
I get asked this question quite a bit. Usually from folks who are unfamiliar with todays production landscape. And truly, its no fault of theirs. Previs is still, in many ways, an emerging tool for filmmaking. But I can say with confidence that it is a very useful tool.
Ive been trying for a long time to come up with a simple explanation of what it is I do so that the "uninitiated" would have an easier time understanding, but such a thing is not so easy to do.
However, i recently came across a 4-Part article by Gare Cline that does a very good (and quite possibly, overly extensive) explanation of the concept of Previsualization. If you have the time or just want to skim through to get the idea. It is my pleasure to pass this resource unto you!
In the mean time, I will get back to planning and visualizing worlds for your future viewing pleasure. Stay tuned for more fun.
Part 01: What is Previs?
Part 02: Why Previs?
Part 03: How Previs Works.
Part 04: When to Use Previs.
So, I obviously can't get into details really about the Cameron Crowe film I've been working on. But what I can talk about is that we've been experimenting with a sweet new render software that's in development called Redshift. And by "we" I mean a guy named Ken Pellegrino. It's made the previs I've done look SUPER polished! Maybe one day you will get to see some of it. In the mean time, just imagine cracking open a dirty old rock to find a shiny geode inside. It's like that, but better!
And if you are a Render Jocky yourself... I suggest you look into this renderer in the future. It's only in ALPHA right now but the results have already been amazing! And most important; it's been fast! (from what i understand and have been told)
Other than that, I've really enjoyed my time over at Hammerhead and hope they've enjoyed having me. Its full of great people, doing great work! I'm gonna miss working there after next week. But hey, maybe in the future I can find my way back!
That's all kids! Enjoy your Labor Day weekend!
Aside from update my previs reel and starting on some new animation pieces... im still continuing my After Effects Training.
Here are two recent ones ive finished.
Im not gone, nor am i dead.
I can animate pretty well. I could always use improvement, but aside from just making my animation skills better, i wanted to broaden my skill and filmmaking sets. So i have been going through the Video Copilot tutorials and training myself to be more familiar with AfterEffects.
My goal is to eventually be able to add some sort of Motion Graphics and basic Compositing to my repertoire.
So thats it. I just wanted to fill you in. I will show you some stuff when i get more comfortable with what im doing. And i want to try and hold off just showing a tutorial ive gone thru. I want to show you something original. So stay tuned! :)
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