August 31, 2014


It's always cool, and often surprising, to see the art we have been working on for weeks or even months finally revealed. But it's rare to see the whole town plastered with it for a few days. Such was the case let week when vmworld 2014 took place in San Francisco's Moscone Center. The theme for this year's event: No Limits. It's vmaware, so virtual machines aren't far from the idea of breaking through walls, breaking through earthly boundaries or limits of the imagination and into space. The brainchild of Audrey Merritt, Thomas Whalen and the creatives at WHM Creative in San Francisco, we were entrusted with creating and rendering the final giga OOH imagery after having been a part of the early pitching and concepting...


We chose to create this art in CGI, since I couldn't find the used set from Miley Cyrus's wrecking ball video on eBay or Craigslist and you know what happened to the guy that borrowed a tank in San Diego. Chris Conroy who also introduced me to WHM shot a whole ton of reference (no pun intended) from an office park that was being demolished right next to his studio, which gave us a good closeup look at cracks and texture. To do this in earnest then, I got deep into dynamics, somewhat new territory for me, to blow up some walls.

Dynamics are an easy way to overwhelm your machines very quickly when going high-res. For some time I wasn't sure whether we made a mistake going the CGI route, as what passes as photorealistic in a fast action motion scene, does not hold up for a 12 foot banner, especially when you can walk up right up to.

Even with the Mac doing a lot of heavy duty physics lifting, we didn't get around long hours of painstaking detailing work, whether pre- or post-demolition.

Breaking pieces just so,retouching hairline cracks, adding subtle light and shadow to texture or fine dust and motion to have it feel like it's happening right now.

I think those hours have paid off and the art work was enough of a work of art for vmware to go all out with it.

August 12, 2014


So one of the things I heard was how Final Cut was supposedly wicked fast on the new Mac, a perfect opportunity to finally do a motion reel again. It's been five years, so it's about time. No lie, Final Cut cuts through HD footage like it's motor oil and everything is happening in real time, dialing in the audio and lining it up with just the right cut or trying out all kinds of different ways of cutting is no longer tedious, but actually... fun. Check out the final cut on vimeo or just download the high-res by clicking on the image below:

August 9, 2014


No, it's definitely not a trash can. Or even a cylinder. Open on both ends, it's a Tube. With a furnace inside and spinnning blades at the end. Just like a jet engine. To keep your coffee warm. Because you won't have as much time to go get coffee or sit and back wait for it to finish rendering. That new "PowerMac G9 Tube" rocks. And did I mention it's super fast?

My only peeve... It doesn't look anything like the renderings on Apple's site. It's neither matte with a shiny edge or black. It takes on whatever color your lighting is in the room and reminds me of a lipstick case or something from the men's hair dye color palette. Why not leave it at polished aluminum? Bet you it would develop a nice patina over time. Like an American Air Force bomber. Oh, well. I think I'll have to set up an appointment with these guys.

Anyways, kind of hard to believe that fourteen years have gone by since the first super computer in an 8 inch cube.