Quiet Mark at the Ideal Home Show

If you’ve visited the Ideal Home Show this past week, it’s just possible you’ll have seen some of my work up on the big screens inside the Earls Court convention centre. Just before the conference started I got called in by a studio that was producing a couple of films about the Quiet Mark Treehouse, constructed in the centre and stocked with Quiet Mark certified products – awarded to especially quiet designs for washing machines, dishwashers and other appliances that usually contribute to the general cacophony of modern living.

It was a fun little project to work on, and my first time collaborating with J&E Higham, who were a joy to work with. Also pretty cool to know it’s been playing at Earls Court these past few weeks.

My brother edited the footage together, and I was responsible for adding in the text and the expanding purple circles.

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New Year

A year of changes, to be sure.

Before I jump into this post, I want to mention a podcast that I’ve tweeted about repeatedly but not mentioned on this site. Blu Mar Ten is a drum and bass artist in the UK, as well as having their own label and putting out some truly fantastic tracks. They have a podcast that comes out roughly once a month (they slip now and then) with a mix of music that’s brilliantly eclectic and I absolutely love them. You can find the podcast and old mixes from them on their site here.

And of course, check out the podcast on iTunes.

With that out of the way, some news about the new year – I’ll be moving into London at some point in the next couple of months. It’s all a bit uncertain at the moment, as I’m waiting to see if a room is going to be available in a friend’s house (if not, then SpareRoom here I come) – I’m genuinely excited about moving out, feels like the start of a whole new story arc for me. Am already making a list of free life drawing classes I want to start hitting up once I’ve found my feet a bit.

Just before Christmas I completed a film for Experian – working with my brother again – that was for internal use and unfortunately I can’t show it off anywhere. I was pretty happy with it, created some nice effects with particles (first time experimenting with them on a job).

I’m back to work on projects this week, for a theatre company based in Liverpool, and there’ll be more stuff for The Pioneers coming soon as well. I also have the second film that I did for them (that I haven’t posted about yet) to show off too you all, so that’ll be coming soon.

Love Cubed, my short film project, is undergoing a revamp. I’ve decided to move it into Modo and complete all the 3D work in that package (so modelling props, rigging, animating, the works). I love the lighting and rendering option in Modo, and with a recent upgrade to 701, feel like I’m in a good position to just bring everything into Modo rather than some convoluted Modo to Maya to Modo pipeline. We’ll see. I’ve been digging through various lectures from Digital Tutors about rigging in Modo and it all seems very straightforward (especially given the simplicity of the characters). I just hope I can get the expressiveness out of those little dudes that I want to.

Fun times ahead.