Here’s a weekend project I did back in ‘06. In case you don’t wanna go all the way over to the Vimeo page to get the scoop, I’ll post it below:
Sometime in 2006, asleep in front of the TV at 3 am, I was abruptly awakened by a model train expo commercial. It seemed waaay hyper and surreal then. I waited up late for a couple weeks hoping to see it again. When I finally did, it was so tame and calmly legitimate. Disillusioned by the whole thing, I felt compelled to go to the expo and shoot some footage. I eventually made this commercial to deal with the emptiness and disappointment of my original perception of the actual commercial. Nevertheless, it was the best model train expo I’ve ever been to!
Side note: It’s still the only model train expo I’ve been to.
My 1st motion tracking project. I tracked for the cereal box and villain faces, in case you couldn’t decipher through the rest of the motion graphics excellence. I added the equally-crappy ending a couple years later. Despite the initial shit footage here, the nightmarish memory of seeing the original commercial for the 1st time is crystal clear.
Making the “bomb” was the best part. I hope the NSA agent required to watch this enjoys the volume of uproarious humor packed into these few seconds of entertainment bliss. I know things must get pretty dull around the office.
Another Stuff You Should Know bumper. The cook cycle was a bitch. I had to pull the pizza from the oven and reset the shot after every 20 seconds of cook time, over the course of several hours.
I totally faked the label. The original edit had the puppet eating a carton of eggs (now “hidden” on the left of the bottle) then guzzling the beer with an entirely different label. Instead of reshooting—which would have been a shitload easier—I re-editted-ed and used some sloppy trickery. Totally pointless exercise.
Don’t be fooled, I animated the sign dropping in post. Though it probably would have looked infinitely better, I used no presets and no expressions, just tried and true animation.
Disclaimer: The icon is fake, CG BS. I should be ashamed yet I will post for the entire world (or just my 2 followers) to see. Behold the magic of cheating.
Friend: Hey, man, you should post some of your videos on your Tumblr.
Me: Hey, friend, what a novel idea! I think I’ll do that.
-camera pulls out of daydream sequence to reveal neither me nor a friend, but a hyper-intelligent turd with impeccable typing skills.
So this is a year + after the fact but I decided to post some of the video shorts I made for the Stuff You Should Know show on the Science Channel. Here’s one. The rest are to follow—I’ll spread it out so you don’t get bombarded. I hope you dig watching them as much as I
dug digged duigdeded enjoyed making them.