Check here for notes on our progress with the In Ulysses VR project.
I also shot some experimental Kinect footage with Wendy Rae Fowler trying out an aesthetic for her upcoming single Hollow. I hope to finish that in the next couple of weeks.
I'm also on board with the superb uber active Eoghan Kidney, collaborating on a very new idea of interpreting a section of Joyce's Ulysses through the Oculus Rift, we are knee deep in Sandymount strand as I write. It's a steep learning curve but I'm already in love with the Oculus as a technology, and this project will be an interesting direction to move in.
I worked on another Ballet School video with Nova and it is out today.
I'm gearing up to do another video with Wendy Rae Fowler on her Katie Cruel project, I first worked with Wendy on the We Fell to Earth track Deaf 4 years ago. We always manage to make something unexpected. I might risk trying shooting with a kinect 2 and see what happens there. I'm also getting a bit tired of this website ever since I upgraded to indexhibit 2 things don't work as well.
4th September +++++++++++++++++++++++
Here is a compilation of some of the students work from my workshop at the RCA. It was compiled by Rory
animated entirely in Maya. It's fun for probably 2 hours of actual drawing and animating and struggling with the not so easy to use interface of Maya.
It's been quiet here I've been writing or trying to over the past few weeks. Meanwhile the video I worked on with Nova is out today. Nova has an amazing take on colours you can see for yourself.
Here is a still ambient occlusion render of the Genosys model myself and Rory worked on for the Block9 area. We were part of a team under the guidance of Rockin Horse and Block 9 founders incorporating technology and software from a team from Igloo and the vj guidance of Prickimage. It looked really good in combination with the lights and subtle reveals and as a projection mapping project was very interesting in not being your standard setup at all. I'll link some video as it comes in.
I'm really looking forward to making some visuals for this awesome structure at Glastonbury with a crew of really good guys. Image ©http://www.block9.com/
I've just finished helping out super Nova on her newest music video. It's got an ace colour palette.
Wow I really love this sketchfab software here is my face, I really want to play with all this 3D scanning software again.
The RCA workshop produced some nice little splurges of animation, One of the students is compiling them into a little short I'll embed a link when that goes through.
Here was my contribution.
I love progress, here is the gesture of an RCA student captured via delicode Ni Mate and a kinect camera at my workshop yesterday. It's exciting that the technology is emerging that allows this type of mathematical representation of someone's arm movements. It would be great to make an animation with this. Sketchfab is really amazing, I've been wondering for years what would be a great way to show models online, and today's google brought me to Sketchfab. Superb, I was afraid I'd have to learn Three.js or something.
I dug up an old drawing/sculpture from 2010 while looking into the workshop I'm doing tomorrow, it's interesting navigating around a load of lines arranged in 3d space
This is pretty cool, I started playing around with NI MATE and a Kinect using it to draw in 3D space with Maya, this is a test for a couple of workshops I'm doing at the RCA animation department next week exploring mark making and animating lines in 3D packages. So this is my first hand drawn 3D animation using motion capture from depth sensors watching my right hand. It's crap and there are examples of similar things in openKinect for a few years, the animation element I haven't seen yet and that needs more experimentation.
I'm digging up some really old maya tests in preparation for an exciting project at Glastonbury.
17th May ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
The Stats video is online today. Check it out here. I think it has a nostalgic feel like a video you would see on MTV after coming home from school in 1994.
Stats video is finished.
I'm editing a video for a band called Stats whom I shot at the weekend, it's a collaborative effort with Ed and Duncan from Stats really taking part in the creative and ideas part. Which is fun for me at the moment.
I'm loving gfycat.com
My short Two Wheels Good is part of the veloberlin film award, you can watch it here and please vote if you enjoyed it.
I've been lecturing in Plymouth College of Art lately, the Civil Civic and R Stevie Moore project has been put on hold until the guys work on a different lead track. I wish I could show it because it is really fun. Rotor is getting closer to a great product. I'll post my developments there when I can.
In the meantime, I'm just back from Bialystok in Poland where I had a brill time at Zubroffka Short Film Festival. I want to head back East as soon as I can to the Beautiful people.
I'm working with the guys from Rotor to create a template for a music video form for the upcoming release of their software. Mine is based around Op Art and I'm working with a lush soundscape of Somadrone to achieve this.
something interesting about the above moving image is that the sequence appears to speed up when you close one eye. I just noticed this and wonder if it is something akin to fields in video and whether both retinas may work in a sort of shifted phase cycle similar to how a full wave rectifier works? Perhaps I'm just imagining it and that's just a dumb analogy.
I've been on an extended unexpected tour of Ireland mostly. My collaboration with CIVIL CIVIC is almost going to be born, dilated about 1cm. I've also been working with some creative coders who are doing some interesting forays into making music videos more accessible to everyone, it's very top secret and I'll link to it when it's public. Besides this Two Wheels Good will be shown in Helsinki Film Festival and also Kaleidoskop-Filmforum in Aachen in the coming weeks. Nice. Other than that I've been kept busy as usual with helping people out on a variety of projects from adverts to charity videos. I'll link to the public ones when they are online in places. Here is a random picture I made in 2003
Two Wheels Good received a special mention in Galway Film Fleadh last week which is wonderful for everyone involved. Most of the cyclists who took part were present and finally got to see it on the big screen.
In the following week it will show at the Kimball Art Centre in Utah.
Two Wheels Good will be in New York in June at the Bicycle Film Festival which is great :)
It's been ages since posting here. I've been busy working and writing on a lot of different projects some that never materialised some that are just coming to fruition and a couple that I've put back in the freezer. This month is all about collaboration.
My short film has been travelling around the world, this weekend it is in Colarado at Mountainfilm festival, Green Film Festival in Seoul and also Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival , I was hoping to get to Cork but I couldn't in the end, hopefully it will be well received.
I was also lucky enough to get to Madrid at the beginning of May to be a guest of Documenta Madrid 13 everyone was friendly and I got to see some good shorts.
I'm still thawing out from the cold snap and writing pitches for Nice&Polite so not much visible action here. However my film is showing at the Jameson Dublin Film Festival on the 20th February come along and watch it alongside other brilliant short films in the programme. Especially watch out for the film Irish Folk Furniture by Tony Donoghue which just won a prestigious prize at Sundance.
Wow well I'm very happy to be officially on the roster with Nice&Polite along with some fine directors like Eoghan Kidney and others. Looking forward to getting to work on some colourful projects and collaborations in the new year.
I spent the weekend in the fun city of Cork where my documentary film was premiering at the Cork Film Festival. I was very surprised and elated to also pick up an award for it. The award is Claire Lynch award for best first time Irish director, it's a great start to a film that I've been thinking about making for six or seven years, hopefully it will give it some extra recognition. There was some really brilliant films on and I managed to watch about 30 of them. My favourite was the bizarrely imaginative stop motion "Oh Willy". Seek it out if possible
I've finished my film for the Irish film Board's Reality Bites scheme. It is a short experimental documentary about people over the age of 65 who have been cycling their whole lives. It's called Two Wheel's Good is produced by John Kelleher Media and is a blend of animation,live action and spoken interviews reflecting on a life in the saddle. Here is the trailer.
Meanwhile this weekend, I've been working on some retro graphics for a lyric video.
15th August 2012+++++++++++++++++++++++++++
- fetishised bicycle macro photography ?
13th August 2012+++++++++++++++++++++++++++
9th August 2012++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
we're going for the unfinished sketch look. Tim pointed me towards Nadia's amazing drawings. I like the scrawliness, it's the way I draw, messy and deliberately so. I also think that it's interesting what happens if you don't fill in the detail so much and let your brain fill in the detail it wants to, inside your own head.
31st July 2012++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
In the final stages of the production on my documentary, working through the animation sequences, still a lot to do. Here is one of the characters as a young man as imagined by Tim. The line animation plugin Eoghan has written is working a treat.
15th June 2012++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Last Year I worked with Shay and Alon on this short for Turner Classic Movies, I was responsible for rendering and lighting and materials and a little bit of tweaking the animation in Maya for this short. I've just found it online so I thought I'd post it as I don't really usually post the commercial stuff that I get involved in but parts of this are lovely
Work is ongoing on my documentary for the Irish Film Board, Tim Webb and I are animating cycling cycles today.
7th March 2012++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
I'm in production of my short for the Irish Film Board. I had been caught up in a lot of heavy duty post production work lately doing silly hours.. which has been all consuming, its good to get moving on my own ideas again. To shake myself loose I made a music vid with Wendy Rae last week in a day! I wish I could do that more often. its glitchy and eerie and carries on from where we left off 2 years ago.
CITY CITY KATIE CRUEL from BGM on Vimeo.
10 January 2012++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
My promo with Eoghan Cunneen for Mico went live recently here is a link to it. I wish I could have spent more time getting it absolutely completely right, the realities of having a full on day job is making my personal projects more and more difficult to achieve. I was working 20 hour days at times pulling this one together. Thanks to all the great people at Th1ng for letting me use their render farm I was able to finish it before the launch deadline. I might reedit it when I get some downtime as I want to synch it more to the audio and add a layer of imagination that I didn't have the opportunity to do at the time.
18th November 2011++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
I learned last week that a spot I worked on for Turner Media has won a Promax award. Still in Mico making mode, this is tricky, I need a team of willing mayans and a render farm.
8th November 2011+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
A fierce bout of commercial work has pushed my Mico music video experiments with Eoghan Cunneen back to evenings and weekends however in the true spirit of collaboration we have stumbled upon something quite beautiful...like when you imagine something and when it materialises it is better than you imagined. Thats what I feel about the terrain I'm covering at the moment. I love maths and how by using it you can create very complicated and beautiful things. More to follow as it gets extruded from my computer.
10th October 2011++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
A short documentary I recently pitched to the Irish film Board has been successful. I've been awarded funding to produce it. I'm currently planning filming trips around the west coast of Ireland.
7th August 2011+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
So I've started listening to Mieko Shimizu's latest track to imagine another music video for it. I think the song is epic and beautiful, so I have to rise to the challenge. I'm collaborating with an exciting individual on using audio reactive technology and the latest experimental video techniques to realise this, but it's very early days and I can't show anything yet.
In the meantime, I made this ages ago but never uploaded it, it's a work in progress I think. or maybe its finished, I like the idea of a year long table tennis game, well here it is.
27th July 2011++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
I've been extremely distracted the past few months, I have a few projects coming together that have been talked about for a long time. I'm advising and assisting the very talented Oonagh Kearney make her exciting feature length Debut. Other collaborations with very talented musicians and bands in the pipeline. Fingers crossed a documentary pitch I made to the Irish Film Board will be successful as it will really push things in a new direction for me.
I made this the other night after rediscovering old files on my ageing computer. It just is what it is, pictures of circles from google earth and sound that is square.
Meanwhile I've been helping realise various projects for directors in Soho. I'll post links when some go pubic, could be years.
10th Feb 2011++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
I've uploaded a commisioned animation I finished in November, this was an interesting challenge playing around with 3D dynamics and finding solutions for different text transitions. It's a departure from what I usually do, but the engineer part of my brain loves excuses to understand and explore 3D software.
9th Feb 2011++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
I've been completely distracted lately, Christmas is finally over! Phew. So what's new? I've just uploaded the summer commission about Greenwich. I went into this project with grand ideas and the realities of working with communities brought it all back down to earth, I really enjoyed this project researching and learning about the area, visiting it everyday and thinking about angles to approach this while waiting for the archive and submitted footage to develop. Realistically to do a film idea like this justice would take years and I only had a few weeks in the end, but looking at it now I think its understated and beautiful. The sound was scored live to the video in a studio and we got it down on the third take so it retains a raw energy. The video is a mixture of submitted and archive footage I discovered and a little of my own to give it form. The highlight for me was watching the sun rise from Sevendroogs castle and also visiting the Ferrier Estate a very interesting housing estate in Eltham now in the final phase of demolition, it seemed to me as if it could have been a utopian dream living there, but it appears something went wrong. I would like to learn a lot more about it. Good project over all I even managed to start driving a motorcycle because of it. Groovy.
4th September 2010+++++++++++++++++++++++++++
After taking a bit of time off. I'm attempting to reign in a lot of small projects I've started over the past while, I'll post them as I get through finishing them. First off is the Mico video I made in February last year for the Southbank and Mieko Shimizu. Well just the other day Mieko sent me the LP version of her track "I think like a swarm" so I recut the video to this and added some newer slightly more polished scenes that I had been working on since. The older version can be seen in the Work in Progress section.
26th April 2010++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
I'm pleased to say I've received a commission to make a film for Greenwich Film Festival. What interested me about this commission was that the brief centered around other people's home movies and archive stock footage as the starting point to making a short film which reflects change in the borough of Greenwich. Being an animator, I love the idea of change, flux, trajectories. This project will get me out of the studio and onto the streets, investigating the landscape and history of Greenwich.
I recently attended the retrospective of John Smith at the Royal College of Art, the film which keeps coming to mind is Slow Glass where time and change and resistance to change are the central themes in a fictional story about the history of Glass.
I also recently attended a screening and talk of an animator called Bruce Bickford, who worked with Zappa in the seventies and currently makes his films at home in California. The mountain of work this man has kneaded into life is incredible. His work is hypnotic in its movement and depiction of time. Bruce's dedication to his art puts anyone I've encountered to shame. The way his objects morph and spew and change into completely unpredictable forms is startling. His life and work is depicted in a documentary called Monster Road which is worth watching. I was lucky enough to be able to buy some of his artwork too.
27th March 2010+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
I'm working on a short animation, I haven't drawn animation in quite a while, but this is slightly different, I'm taking the classic approach of preparing a soundbed and imagining lines from the sound, to sum it up in three words would be Shamanic Quantum Sex animation, it involves a lot of surprise elements to me, and this is what is interesting, as I have no idea what the next frame will really be or what the end will be like, it is creating in the dark, pushing tentacles into the silence. The ideas are coming from a perverse logic, where there are innate basic forces of attraction, simple primordial chemical narratives.
02nd March 2010+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Our slot at BLOC weekend aint gonna happen. There was a desire that the act we were hoping to compliment did not want complete darkness. But if you ask me complete darkness rocks! and is definitely a better way to experience music than sugary contrived blinding unoriginal 3D computer madness (but we weren't going to make that)
Glass magazine have just finished a write up on my adventures with structured light.
28th February 2010++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Spent a good few hours wandering round the V&A open frameworks workshops this weekend it was very informative and interesting watching the projects coming together. It was an experience meeting loads of creative people with real talent working together ad hoc. I will link to some of the projects when the documentation is online.
10th February 2010++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
My collaboration with Shaun is ongoing in the experimentation with Structured Light 3D scanning. Its exciting. I'm realising a whole new potential in generating imagery and content through this technique. We have both been really fortunate to have good contact with Kyle and his friend Roy who ports Kyle's structured light decoding program to OSX. For the recent Cybersonica show at Kinetica we displayed some raw possibilities which we had uncovered, from generating content on the day by photographing visitors and incorporating their faces into a live puppet like performance and also some stop-motion sequences we shot earlier in the week. Being able to communicate directly with Kyle allowed us to request some mods to his code to accommodate a stop-motion technique, within a day we had a new version to work with that worked well with stop- motion playback. [Link to some of these shots later.]
On a tangent to this I met with Simon Elliot and Carlos Acosta amongst others this morning to discuss interactive animated visuals for a dance performance coming up in July.
14th January 2010+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
You may have seen the radiohead House of Cards music video. I thought it the most visually interesting promo I had seen in a long time. I first encountered 3D scanning technology while visiting Imperial College in 2003 when I was filming microscopic studies, Some of the PHD students were working on MRI 3D scanners for imaging 3D models of Hearts. It was fascinating watching the heart beat live in 3D on a screen, with all the errors and artifacts that made it more abstractly interesting as it wasn't a perfectly shaped heart, more a group of veins and shards of tessellated planes, beating and alive.
So when Shaun pointed me to the recent tests on Structured-light 3D scanning conducted by Kyle McDonald on vimeo, where you can build a 3D image of the face using a projector and a camera, it looked like an interesting avenue to investigate for our upcoming visual performance at Kinetica Art Fair. We tried the initial steps and here is the result. Now we are working towards creating an absorbing performance using this technology for the upcoming show.
5th January 2010++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
R.I.P. Michael Dwyer. I met Michael very briefly as a naive graduate in 2001 when he awarded me Best Experimental Film at Samhlaíocht Film Festival, his award was a real confidence boost. Thanks Michael.
I put a second of almost everything I have worked on and could find on my computer over the past decade. It's not complete as I have worked on a lot of stuff for other people and companies that I wouldn't show and also have a dark cupboard full of unfinished developing films, However as an exercise in recap it's still unsatisfactorily brief.
1st December 2009+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Kate Atkin came and spent a few days in the studio to finish work on her exhibition running currently at 52 Hoxton Square, London. Check it out if you can.
Today I spent some time at the Hayward Gallery filming/photographing for a competition about Ed Ruscha the idea is to respond to his paintings with a 30 second clip. Its a free for all so I decided to give it a go. I was lucky enough to follow a very knowledgeable visiting tour guide who even managed to get the director to talk a bit about Ruscha's work. I liked the soundbyte that Ruscha was all set to be a commercial billboard painter but instead found the insight to channel his energy into being an artist and I suppose a result was the retrospective at the Hayward many years later. Another interesting byte was pondering the question "What is noise?". Passing by the Southbank I noticed the poster for Peter and the Wolf and remembered Suzie Templeton's one to one with me while I was at the RCA, when she candidly doubted I would properly realise the first year project I was battling with. She was right. I'll post the 30 second clip I intend making. If I make it.
Meanwhile Elsewhere myself and Gavin Morris are working on a computer game cum installation which could be funny or miss the point entirely...its inspiration is police state brutality and the Milgram experiments we are playing around with an amazing and fun piece of software called UNITY if you are 3D inclined you should try it out.2nd November 2009+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Still from short video installation "38" showing at 80 Kingsland Road. The video is a journey on the old 38 Routemaster just before it was decommissioned in 2006, 31 minutes looped projection. Essentially two nondescript bus journeys except with the sound, atmosphere and architecture of a recently extinct experience.
12th August 2009++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
I'm working on a short piece for an exhibiton coming up at the end of the month at 80 Kingsland Road, along with people such as Christoph Steger and Christine Mitrentse among others.
26th July 2009++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Front Cover of album by Emilie Bailey, back cover by me...
Shot Electricity In Our Homes gig last night, at their Rough Trade Album Launch. I'll link to the Live edit when its done. I'm also going to going to set up a 'Live' panel cause I've shot quite a few bands lately...
9th July 2009+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Another edit of my work to date containing only the work I've directed and produced over the past year.
7th July 2009+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++I ressurected this mash-up and hope to make another one soon as this is lacking some juicy bits that I've been working on
1st July 2009++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
The Warmonger part of an idea to create portraits with animation and found footage online, this is from an early sketchbook I will post the scan sometime.
24 May 2009++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Shooting for the cover of Electricity in our Homes with Emilie Bailey
23 May 2009+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Nearly finished the edit for Komakino, I just need sign off and to lay the HQ audio. Its turning out okay though, I was worried the means would produce the ends but it rises above its meagre budget of nothing. Thanks to the efforts of those involved I suppose. I think that the video gives the listener space to enjoy the sound and emphasizes the motifs throughout the song without overindulging in effects. In fact there are barely no filters whatsoever on this, just some stabilization at times and a little sparkle or hue shift. I swear, this is old skool video making.
7 May 2009+++++++++++++++++++++++++
Shooting Project Komakino Nebula Video for a Japanese release.
with a big band and a small crew in a small gallery with a tiny camera.
11 April 2009+++++++++++++++++++++++++
Site Up!!! trying out indexhibit to see if its the format for me. It seems really great and simple to start with.