Saturday, December 1, 2012

New Trailer for Teslacon!

This one's for Joey, who's soaking up the awesome at Teslacon right now!

I hope you like it!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Rough Fight work in progress!

It's coming along very slowly, but I think it looks pretty darn cool. I still have a few places to fix shots- the robot getting splattered and some other shots liek that as well as placement and positioning and backgrounds. But the exciting thing is that it looks pretty nice.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

An experiment with type

I'm playing around with visual cues to let the audience know there's audio happening. It's been interesting. I'll also be showing some "thoughts" in an upcoming scene- We'll see how that plays out.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The big hump.

This is the shot that I've spent the most time on, mainly because I wasn't sure how I was going to pull it off. I had the original background image that I cleaned up, but I wanted the camera to reveal how big the Hypatia really is. After adding all the bunting and getting some needed advice from my friend Mark, I was able to come up with something I'm pretty proud of. I also really like the birds- they really give the scene some kinetics that make it feel more alive and not just a flat picture.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

How would you like your own personal blimp?

This is a test I did to see how well I could blend a live action shot I did with an actress/steampunk named Cherie Savoie and the blimp I made for the first establishing shot of Boston. I think it turned out pretty well- Although at four minutes a frame, the sequence took 24 hours to complete. I would like to add a little rock and ease that stop a little more, but as a test, I think this looks awesome.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Well, it's been a while, but there's a lot of new stuff coming. Here's the finished monorail train, as well as it's station. In the context of the shot it's in, we'll never get this close, but if there is, at some point in time a webseries, well, this is where some of the action might take place.
This is essentially a reversed steam engine. I referenced the back end as the boiler and the front end as the cockpit, although I'm not sure a forwards view is even necessary.
From the other side. The notion is, the supports are on the left and the rail mounts are on the right.
I based the cars on pullman style coaches from the late 1800's. The first class and the second class are identical on the outside, but the inside is much more plush for the folks paying more. Not that I actually built that or anything.
This is all part of the Boston Horseless Transportation Company. Now, Some people have pointed out that the support arms for the trains should be bigger, and I agree. But, if I want to finish this shot I have to call it out as a CBB, or "Could be Better." If there's a need for this in upcoming episodes, well, I can always put em on.

The station is sort of a combination of a regular train station and a subway station. The "G" stands for Glowerston, a major stockholder of BHT.

The bunting is because it's the fourth of July. And the day the Hypatia sets sail.
I rigged the trains to stay on the rail, and these last two are renders with motion blur.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

This is the mystical MacGuffin of my film. It's rumored to be a sword given to Sisyphus by the Greek Goddess Circe, but it really doesn't matter. Glowerston collects old relics and he wants this one. This illustration is a prop for the reshoot coming up on the 28th. Nemo (of Nautilus fame) discovered this sword in the wreck of a Dutch ship in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

This is the sword Mulvey and his stalwart manservant Grimmauld go looking for, and find, in act one. However, during the course of the adventure, it is damaged and leads to a parting of the ways between the inventor and his benefactor. I can not wait to make this next piece!

I almost named it insidiarum fabrica, which is "plot device" in Latin. As it stands, it means "Sisyphus' Despair."

It's a mystery, what can I say? I'm pretty happy with the image and when I printed it out, it's pretty much life size...

Sunday, April 1, 2012

It's... brilliant!

I saw this flare in my presets and thought, this looks like the flares in Raiders of the Lost Ark when the Nazi's get it at the end, and used it. My friend Joe said, "if I were to make a machine, a light that bright would indicate somethings about to explode."


So, it's changed, but here's what it looked like before!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Boston Commons. As a power supply station.

Yeah. I've been slogging on this shot for a while now. At last I'm ready to put a fork in it and call it finished. There are a number of additions I'd like to add, but the next shot is really big and I need to start focusing on that. Let me know what you think!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Boston Power Station!

Yeah, these shots are getting better and better. This one is the second establishing shot of a retrofuturistic power station situated in the Boston Commons. It's a work in progress for sure, but I think it shows a lot of promise.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

The telegram scene a little furthur along...

So yeah, here's the same scene a little further along. I've added all the people and the robot and a scene at the end showing the clock to give the shot some perspective. Those robots are going to figure in to the plot a little heavier than originally planned, so stay tuned!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Here's the latest test!

Establishing the look of the loading dock (and the final distress for the old film look) is what this sequence is about. It's still in the air, but now I have a place to go to.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Terry is an amazing song writer!

Terry is this renaissance guy who makes miniatures, builds floats, crafts interesting outfits for musical stars and writes music for movies. It's in that last regard that he's working on my film! I love it.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The loading dock- it's really long and looks pretty cool!

So yeah, I started in on the backgrounds for the long haul. This is one of the ones from the "telegram" scene and once it's populated with people, I think it will look pretty good.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Another zeppelin for the background...

This represents the last of the throwaway models for the first (and most likely all of the) scene(s) that establish a Victorian Futurism for my film. I still have a few cars that are mostly built and I will show `em when I am done! I also have the Vasa to build. Eeeesh.