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45 Eight-Second-Long Films for French TV Channel TF1

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Roof Studio’s latest project was a “pretty massive undertaking,” to borrow executive producer and co-founder Crystal Campbell’s words: 45 eight-second-long films for French television channel TF1. “The brief was fairly open with a good amount of creative flexibility and that presented an exciting opportunity to us,” Campbell explained.

Campbell’s team and Paris-based motion design company Naked partnered to create the idents. “We took the designs, modeled, rigged, animated, rendered, and composited the bumpers,” she said, describing a pipeline Roof developed through Podio.com and Amazon, which enabled the studio to work with talent across the globe in real time. “It was important for us to be extremely organized and create a solid system, both internally and externally,” Campbell noted. “This kept everyone connected – for instance, if a rigger working offsite needed revisions, he or she could chat directly with the model artist via Podio.” Because each bumper was made from scratch, each became its own “little world with its [own] production process.”

External Link: 45 Eight-Second-Long Films for French TV Channel TF1

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Monster in the Closet Illustrations

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I was recently commissioned to produce 2d background illustration for Hornet Inc. and Yves Geleyn’s short film Monster in the Closet that has just been released into the wild. The film is a heavy hitting public service announcement for US TV on gun safety and it’s already receiving some great responses.

My part in the project was to illustrate a series of locations to be used as backdrops and in places reworked by the team at Hornet into 3d geometry as part of the animation.

External Link: Monster in the Closet Illustrations

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Jessica Walsh, portrait for OFFSET 2014

For this year’s (2014) OFFSET 3 day design conference, I was invited to do a portrait of Jessica Walsh, one of the 24 main conference speakers. Jessica Walsh is a multi talented designer and co-partner of NYC based design firm Sagmeister and Walsh.
I decided to incorporate her distinctive fringe and red lipstick into a composition that would reflect the clean graphic style of her work.

The portrait was initially sketched digitally, then printed out to be inked and finally brought back into the computer to be coloured digitally. I always find it interesting to see how other artists create their artwork and to that end I’ve created a time lapse video of how I created the portrait.

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Green Century “Fossil Fuel Free Investing”

The vast majority of mutual funds own oil, gas, and coal companies. So, if you are invested in mutual funds, it is very likely that you are invested in fossil fuel companies, whether you intend to be or not.

Green Century has been helping people invest in sustainable companies for over 20 years. They help you save for your future without compromising the planet.

For more information, please visit greencentury.com.

Animated and directed by Katy Davis (AKA Gobblynne).

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Undead Presidents Featuring The Art of DRES13

Desiring to recognize both America’s great leaders and the impish irreverence that flavors the revolutionary spirit of American liberty, SQUAREFACTOR taps the talents of cool-as-cake artist André Greppi, aka DRES13, and presents UNDEAD PRESIDENTS- a Kickstarter project aimed at funding the production of a unique, limited edition zombie themed Bicycle® playing card deck. Pledge incentives for backers include collectible prints, posters, as well as the original inked illustrations used to create the deck!

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