As a 3d animator, I was a one-man shop for most of this reel. After consulting with a post-production supervisor on a tv show segment/project, it was up to me to find resources, or make them, and deliver on deadline.Essentially, I did all layout, modeling, textures, lighting, animation, rendering, special effects, compositing, analog preparation for tape (back when online editors still used tape).
But I will outline some details for each item below:
PolygonKing Motion Graphics was my freelance company name. I acquired the name “King of All Polygons” from co-workers while working at Apple computer in MIQ (the Multimedia Integration Quality Dept.) as the 3D Test Lead for Entry Level Computers, and SPOC (Single Point of Contact) as liaison between the cross-functional testing teams and the engineering dept. The name stuck.
A friend brought me in on this project for an Acura concept car. My friend and I animated about 50 shots of this concept car (I believe it became the Acura MDX) driving in real world scenarios. The scenes were edited together and displayed at the 2002 Detroit Auto Show. (Model provided by Acura) I’ve sprinkled these scenes liberally through my reel.
The Rosie O’Donnell Show
This project happened after my tv show, “How’d They Do That?” ended. The shows were produced by the same company, Telepictures (Time/Warner), and had the same Art Director, so she offered some work on Rosie’s show. I created commercial bumpers, short animations when coming back from a commercial. They were shots of a 3D-ized version of the show logo doing various activities: Jack in the box, jumping rope, chasing a hot dog, etc. The red carpet shot was for Rosie when she was hosting the Grammys.
Side work from my Acura friend.
"How’d They Do That?" Logo
For my second season on the show, I suggested re-making the show opening in 3D form.
Hulk Coaster - Universal Studios Florida
This was part of a series of shots about how some rides at the theme park appeared an operated. This coaster train shot out of the station by means of a series of electric motors that rotate adjacent to a rudder of sorts underneath the train.
Demonstrates how the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and other U.S. Military bases on Oahu on December 7, 1941.
Paint Air Spray Gun
Times Square Series
Showing the region of Times Square in New York City.
Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah.
Showing how the water table rises during the wet season and leaves a crust of salt on the surface when the water table recedes.
Subway cars under building
Part of the Times Square Series
Conjoined Twins (Separation and Basket Weave)
How the Russian Girls were separated.
I believe this was the first time I bought models from a company to use on a project. Interesting to note that since each girl’s brain was being protected by her sister’s skull that when they were separated, their brains were exposed. Doctors created a basket-weave of denatured bone (cadaver skull bones, soaked in alcohol so they become pliable for placement, and then harden with time) to cover and protect their brains.
Tesla’s Radio Remote Controls Series
One of Nikolai Tesla’s application of radio waves was to control model submarines. The story I was told was that he approached the the U.S. Military about using his subs as a weapon to launch torpedoes against our enemies, but the government turned him down, and later used the idea after he died.
Laser Heart Surgery (Transmyocardial-revascularization)
The first part shows typical Angioplasty (pushing plaques against artery walls to clear blockages). Second part is demonstrating how lasers would be shot into a damaged heart, and therefore bring fresh blood supply to the affected muscle, giving it a chance to revive itself.
Acura Part 2
I’m particularly proud of the shot of the car rounding the corner as it was produced in a time when there was no collision-detection on my animating software. It was all hand-keyframed.