Where Have I Been?

Have you been desperately wondering what happened to that graphics wizard, ME? Well...on Christmas Day, 2014, this happened:

To be fair, when he popped out, he was a lot smaller and more wrinkly. We called him a Christmas Monster. He has since rounded out nicely. He's the best thing in the world. His name is Phineas, just like this lovely specimen!

Since this little magical elfling has entered the scene, a few graphics related things have transpired. First, episode one of Arthropoda has finally been released to the public as part of the soft launch of the new children's online network 75 East Broadway. This episode is about Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches and I totally touched them a lot and came to love them. My favorite was named Stumpy - he's the one who struggles on his back later in the episode.

Also new in things I'm doing is the video series 100 Wonders with Atlas Obscura, in which Dylan (my husband and founder of Atlas Obscura) introduces the world to his favorite wonders of the world - and yes, we do actually plan to try and make 100 of these. I've been helping with the editing and doing graphics, it's pretty much a dream project.

Though it oddly didn't get as many views as other videos, this is one of my favorites. It's about a mummified head that Dylan and I have loved for years! And amazingly, the day after we published this, the head came out for its annual cleaning, and the head's curator watched our video with the head in the background! Proof: 

That's all my big news for now. Hoping to put up a new reel soon, showing some new work I did for the book trailer world that was never released to the public :( Such is the life of the motion graphics freelancer. 

Cemetery Symbolism

Just in time for your Halloween graveyard wanderings, Allison C. Meier and I teamed up to create this guide to cemetery symbolism for Atlas Obscura. I think my favorite is the Clasping Hands, often on the tomb of a married couple, where one person is leaving and the other is left behind.

Ghosts of Summer past update

Whew, it has been a long time since I have updated this guy. But don't let that lead you to believe that things have been quiet! I've got lots of things going on, but not lots to share just yet. However, I can offer a glimpse into a few projects, with more thorough and exciting updates to come! 

Here we have a screenshot from a short animation I worked on for Prudential. I'm not sure when the full video will be available for viewing online, but you'll be the first to know! 

Here we have a screenshot from a short animation I worked on for Prudential. I'm not sure when the full video will be available for viewing online, but you'll be the first to know! 

This little beauty is an Emperor Scorpion, fluorescing under ultraviolet light. We just wrapped the shoot for her episode of Arthropoda, the yet-to-be-released insect show for kids I have been co-directing. The scorpions were a bit nerve-wracking to work with, but for the most part they behaved like perfect ladies and gentlemen. 

This little beauty is an Emperor Scorpion, fluorescing under ultraviolet light. We just wrapped the shoot for her episode of Arthropoda, the yet-to-be-released insect show for kids I have been co-directing. The scorpions were a bit nerve-wracking to work with, but for the most part they behaved like perfect ladies and gentlemen. 

Earlier this spring, we did an episode with these gorgeous Lubber Grasshoppers, who were a joy to work with once we managed to get them to hop on camera. 

Earlier this spring, we did an episode with these gorgeous Lubber Grasshoppers, who were a joy to work with once we managed to get them to hop on camera. 

I've also been designing labels for Tulip Tree Cosmetics, a wonderful etsy shop offering organic, portable aromatherapy. I have all of the scents, and they are the best - and I'm not even a spraying-smells-around kind of person! I'm planning to do a big post on the project, but we're still in the middle of it, so expect a full write up in the future.

I've also been designing labels for Tulip Tree Cosmetics, a wonderful etsy shop offering organic, portable aromatherapy. I have all of the scents, and they are the best - and I'm not even a spraying-smells-around kind of person! I'm planning to do a big post on the project, but we're still in the middle of it, so expect a full write up in the future.

One of the most fun projects was designing sample storyboards for a web series that I can't tell you anything about, but I can show you this frame of a little guy flying through the air, about to break several bones in the 1940s dustbowl.

One of the most fun projects was designing sample storyboards for a web series that I can't tell you anything about, but I can show you this frame of a little guy flying through the air, about to break several bones in the 1940s dustbowl.

For much of the summer, Hairstory has been keeping me busy - I've been editing short films for them on transformational hair experiences that have happened at their innovative studio. 

For much of the summer, Hairstory has been keeping me busy - I've been editing short films for them on transformational hair experiences that have happened at their innovative studio. 


Lock Picking Party

Last weekend, Atlas Obscura hosted a Lock Picking Party at the amazingly beautiful General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen in Manhattan. It was one of our biggest parties yet, and dare I say, one of our best. 

Guests were greeted with their own personal take-home lock picking kits, and over the course of the night, were promptly boozed up, taught how to pick locks, and sent back out into the world tipsy, and with their new scandalous skills.

I was tasked with the job of creating all of the print materials for the party - instructions for how to pick locks, descriptions of the new tools, cocktail menus, informative cards, and yes, I did hand stamp 300 bags all by myself. I may have mentioned this before, but any chance I have to get away from the computer and perform some repetitive task, I take. I love the zen-like state it puts me in.

This was probably one of the most fun things I've gotten to design for Atlas Obscura, and, bonus, when I was done, I knew how to pick locks!

Arthropoda

I have been waiting a very long time to talk about Arthropoda, the educational insect show for kids that I'm directing with my pal Jessica Oreck. The series will live on the Children's Documentary Network, an online, interactive site comprised of global, non-fiction content for kids. While the site will launch sometime later this year, the first three episodes of Arthropoda are showing for the next few weeks at the IFC Center as part of their Short Attention Span Cinema series.

The first three episodes feature a Rosehair Tarantula, an Annam Stick Insect, and a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach. The above is a still from the Tarantula episode, in which we use a picnic blanket to illustrate how tarantulas use their webs.

Here is a little behind the scenes shot; I am gently coaxing a stick insect onto a bed of kale. I can't wait for CDN to go live so that this show, which I am so incredibly proud of, can be seen by all - but in the meantime, head over to the IFC Center March 21-April 10, an Arthropoda is playing before each of their regular features.