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Pullin Up the Rear

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row content_placement=”middle”][vc_column][vc_column_text]Still struggling to learn walk cycles and brush up on general character animation. I used Rubberhose for the limbs; a clever plugin that manipulates shape layers to perform inverse kinematics. I definitely recommend it, especially if you’re going for that spaghetti arm Mickey Mouse look![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Fetch!

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A video posted by C Mell (@whats.that.c.mell) on

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/6″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row content_placement=”middle” css=”.vc_custom_1486864534040{margin-top: 20px !important;margin-bottom: 50px !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/12″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Recently, I found a sketch of a triceratops I made during the preliminary phase of the Last Dino video I made for the Natural History Museum back in 2014. I wanted to salvage the cute character and found it a good excuse to practice animating a walk cycle. This is my first 4-legged walk cycle and it wasn’t easy. I ended up using a Youtube video of a big, fat pig for a motion reference.

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After Effects project file

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Our pup Jojo loves to go to the park. Here’s the trip from her perspective. Buckle up.

“There Will Be Blood” Inspired Minimalist Poster

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Inspired by graphic designers like Olly Moss and the countless knockoffs, I began a series of minimalist posters. There’s no thematic connection between the works, only that they are inspired by some of my favorite films.

This one is based on imagery from There Will Be Blood.

[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”829″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” onclick=”link_image”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row content_placement=”middle” css=”.vc_custom_1486833119037{margin-top: 20px !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/6″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1486833076875{padding-top: 20px !important;}”]I had the early versions of these posters printed at the 2ftx3ft standard poster size. The minimalist design didn’t hold up at such a large size, so I went back to the drawing board. The new plan was a larger number of smaller posters arranged in a grid. With a smaller canvas, I enlarged the boarders and tightened the composition of each image.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/6″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1486832178120{margin-top: 20px !important;background-position: center !important;background-repeat: no-repeat !important;background-size: cover !important;}”][vc_column css=”.vc_custom_1486831747609{background-position: center !important;background-repeat: no-repeat !important;background-size: contain !important;}”][vc_single_image image=”819″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” onclick=”link_image”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row content_placement=”middle” css=”.vc_custom_1486832169485{margin-top: 20px !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/2″ offset=”vc_col-xs-12″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

“The Shining” Inspired Minimalist Poster

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Inspired by graphic designers like Olly Moss and the countless knockoffs, I began a series of minimalist posters. There’s no thematic connection between the works, only that they are inspired by some of my favorite films.

This one is based on imagery from The Shining.

[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”834″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” onclick=”link_image”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row content_placement=”middle” css=”.vc_custom_1486833119037{margin-top: 20px !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/6″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1486833076875{padding-top: 20px !important;}”]I had the early versions of these posters printed at the 2ftx3ft standard poster size. The minimalist design didn’t hold up at such a large size, so I went back to the drawing board. The new plan was a larger number of smaller posters arranged in a grid. With a smaller canvas, I enlarged the boarders and tightened the composition of each image.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/6″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1486832178120{margin-top: 20px !important;background-position: center !important;background-repeat: no-repeat !important;background-size: cover !important;}”][vc_column css=”.vc_custom_1486831747609{background-position: center !important;background-repeat: no-repeat !important;background-size: contain !important;}”][vc_single_image image=”819″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” onclick=”link_image”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row content_placement=”middle” css=”.vc_custom_1486832169485{margin-top: 20px !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/2″ offset=”vc_col-xs-12″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

“Bombs Away” Music Video

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A music video created for musician friend Dan O’Rourke in response to the terror attack in Brussels.  The video is a riff on the over saturated 24-hour media coverage of such tragedies and the art direction called for a “video soup.”

The project was a great opportunity to learn the technique of datamoshing, where you intentionally introduce artifacting into your video files.  It took me far out of my After Effects comfort zone and taught me tons about video codecs.

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Woodworking: Picture frame

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