Normally I endeavor to have a new reel up on January 1st – new year, new reel. This year…I finally got around to it in May. But I put a little wizard in it, so I think that makes everything okay. There’s also an avocado that moves like a clam, not on purpose.
Though not released to the internet at large yet, I’ve been given the go-ahead to share three new book trailers I created here. Drunk with power, I also decided to make a new page on the site just for book trailers. I want to make them all the time! Do you need book trailers? Call this guy!
Here are the recent three. Unlike the other book trailers I’ve done, I got to actually read these three books before I made the trailers. I would especially recommend Life After Life, coming out in March. Such a good book.
I have been waiting for months to share the book trailer I created for David Sedaris’ new book, “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls”. I’m so honored to have been able to create a trailer for an author I love so much.
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.
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).
Earlier this summer I worked on a video for AOL’s company-wide employee awards. I animated their Blue Monster mascot – it was my first time doing character animation like this, and I’m quite please at how it turned out. I just noticed today that the video is on vimeo, so I thought I’d share!
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.
Much of my 2010 was spent working on motion graphics for Thrive, a documentary premiering in November. They’ve just added one of my sequences to their youtube channel, and I’m excited to finally be able to share a bit of the work I did! This segment is an infographic explaining the fractional reserve system.
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.