New Project That I Can't Tell You About!

Whew, it's been a busy few months! Besides a slew of freelance work, I've started shooting an exciting new project with my good friend Jessica. I can't talk too much about it yet, but I can say that it is getting me away from the computer, mercifully. Here is a sneak peak from our stop-motion shoot this weekend!

I have a deep fondness for this lavender and pink beetle.

Jessica and Jae spot Dylan as he adjusts our very professional camera rig.

Jessica and I blow tiny hairs and dirt specs off our set.

 

The Synergy Machine

I'm very excited to finally be able to post The Outstanding Mind-Bending Basketball Synergy Machine, a short film for ESPN (shown before all ESPN supported films at the Tribeca Film Festival this year). I created the graphics, tracked to some great stop-motion, over a hectic seven days earlier this year. I am so happy with how it came out. (My graphics begin at about 1:22 in the video below).

The Outstanding Mind-Bending Basketball Synergy Machine from Resonance Interactive on Vimeo.

Vanquishing Animation Meeting

I've spent the last few months working on an animated fairytale for the forthcoming documentary, The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga, by good pal and incredible director, Jessica Oreck. This week I'm in Portland, ME with Jessica and Devin, the animation's talented illustrator, at Devin's studio, storyboarding and motion testing. I'm very excited to be working on this one, it's going to be amazing. More photos of the team at work over at Jessica's journal, Myriapod Productions.

Devin - the illustrator, Rachael - the producer, and that's me, hunched over the in corner like a creep.

Pelotero

This summer I created motion graphics and titling for Pelotero, a documentary on young Dominicans fighting for the chance to be signed to play baseball in the big leagues (narrated by John Leguizamo!). The film just had its world premier at the Hamptons International Film Festival this past weekend (sadly I had to miss it on account of a migraine). I'm so excited for the filmmakers - they made a truly compelling and beautiful film, exposing corruption surrounding the Dominican draft, and the immense pressure of these 16-year old hopefuls to escape the poverty and give their families a better life. It doesn't hurt that the cinematography beautifully captures the landscape, making the Dominican Republic a character in its own right. If you're interested in news and further screenings, become a fan of the Pelotero Facebook page.

Here's a screenshot from one of the motion graphics sequences I created for a section explaining the immense difference between the signing bonuses of Americans versus those of Dominicans.

World of Wonders: El Cable

Part two of Atlas Obscura's South American wonders, featured in Slate Magazine, went up today! Go now and read the wonderful article by Joshua Foer. But first, watch my fiancé Dylan take his life into his own hands without casting so much as a "farewell, my sweet," to little old me, waiting patiently for his return - alive. I need to send teenaged and shirtless Mario a fruit basket for returning him to me safely.