Motion Design, Art Direction: Bill Bergen
Motion Graphics, 3D: Suspect
Director: Hoon Chong
Sound Design and Mix: Mister Bronx Audio Post, Dave Wolfe
Do you have a great tee shirt idea? At teepublic.com, they will make, and pay you for it!!
Concept, EP: Josh Abramson, Adam Schwartz
Director, animator, script editor, producer: Bill Bergen
Animator, DP, shirt designer: Corey Ellis
Site design, graphic assets,shirt designer: Will Schneider
Voice Over: Melissa Lyons
Actor: Will Stories
Actress: Amanda Ostosh
Google is trying harder than ever to force people to sign up for Google Plus. And now, they've discovered a new strategy to do this: either you join Plus, or they'll release your search history and all the private information they've learned about you over the years.
The Vimeo Festival was two days of riveting conversations, inspiring workshops, scintillating screenings, and one truly outstanding closing party. We opened up dialogues, lobbed provocative questions, and gave creators a forum in which to discuss stuff they care about. People of all skill levels participated in educational workshops with the industry’s leading creators. We projected our favorite submissions and unveiled some exclusive premieres.
A series of videos making fun of everyone favorite social media punching bag.
I helped make this video with Josh and Vince for Vogue to play during Anna Wintour's speech at the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Icon Awards!
Fashion types really love the word muse. It must be written somewhere that any serious designer must have one (if not several) of them, but more often than not, a “muse” is a woman who simply calls to mind a designer’s preexisting aesthetic. These days, she’s more likely to be an ideal customer (or a branding opportunity) rather than a font of inspiration.
Enter Rihanna. Through her individualistic, audacious, and occasionally brazen dressing decisions, she has become the rare celebrity who does not follow fashion—she affects it. “The Rihanna Effect” was how Vogue’s March cover story described the 26-year-old’s gravitational pull on the international designer community, which has greatly benefited from the jolt of her youthful rebellion. Unapologetic about her support for marijuana, continually complicating her relationship with bras, and happy to admit her love of a good wig, Rihanna upends what sophistication is supposed to look like as easily as the rest of us send an email. Or, for that matter, Tweet.
Though one of the more prolifically stalked paparazzi targets of our time, it is via social media that Rihanna communicates most directly to her public. That fan base is a group of over 35 million Twitter followers that, if you’re reading this, probably includes you (to say nothing of the legions of Instagram followers still pining for the now departed @badgirlriri).
It was fitting, then, that when Anna Wintour took that stage at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall to present Rihanna with the 2014 CFDA Fashion Icon Award earlier this evening, she did so following the imagined text message exchange above.
In antiquity, each of the nine Muses had a symbol that represented her particular domain. Calliope, muse of epic poetry, carried a writing tablet. Urania wielded a globe, for astronomy. Terpsichore, on the other hand, inspired dance with her lyre. And what of that tenth Muse, the one from Barbados? She carries a smartphone.
Photo: (in order of appearance in the video) REX USA, Splash News, AKM-GSI, Getty Images, Corbis, INFphoto.com, WireImage, WENN.com, and PacificCoastNews.com
Client: The Onion
Concept: The Onion
Producer: Matthew Ballen
Art Director: Scott Dikkers
Animation/ Design: Me
Illustration: Ward Sutton
Audio Design: Paul Stelly
These are a series of Nationwide campaigns broadcast through Bloomberg and CNBC geared toward users new to forex trading. I was responsible for preproduction, 3D, after effects, motion graphics, audio, and final execution.
The coin flipping one was particularly interesting to excute
Create a 3D commercial for the business district of the UK to play on new outdoor 3D screens in a few day turn around.
I found this task to be easier than I had first anticipated. The whole commercial was filmed ridiculously low budget. First I knew I wanted to film a real coin as much as possible to sell the whole thing. But how can I film a real flipping coin spinning through the air like that? It spins so fast and the Canon 5D can't do high speed footage. So I ended up super glueing a 20 pence piece to an office chair wheel that I ripped off. Then slowly rotated the wheel and filmed it behind a green piece of paper to composite later.
I then throw some green fabric in the driveway and flipped the coin in the air about 100 times to make sure I had a few perfect tosses. This was the hardest part of the project. I dare anyone to catch a coin in mid air then place it back atop your thumb and flick it again faster than I did :)
From that point it was just a matter of compositing a series of fake coins I made in PS all together with the other footage in AE.
I honestly don't fully understand how it becomes "3D" however. That is done by a separate company in the UK called Broadgate WOW Lounge. But I do understand they use some type of depth map formula. If you look at the pictures you can see that I had to convert the video into grey scale. With the darker color being in the background and the lighter colors being closest to the viewer. They then do something to that footage enabling it to become true 3D without the use of those dorky glasses.
As far as the content goes, yes it is a very cheesy 3D commercial. But that is how we wanted it. If I'm going to make a 3D commercial, it is going to take full advantage of the medium. If it were totally up to me I would of had "GFT UK" written on a ball and string attached to a paddle flying repeatedly at passers by!!
Concept by myself and the great Amber Miller.
The amazing sound design was done by Angela Tidball.