This is one of two animated series that I helped start, produce, and animate at ChefsFeed, a food-based media company in San Francisco. I animated the whole first season for them in-house, and then was fortunate enough to hire and direct a diverse roster of freelance animators for a second season, the latter being largely subsidized by Facebook.
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Having fun making some animation, “pixel art” style. The 8-bit retro vibe is seeing a resurgence, especially in gaming, web animation and music.
As part of a campaign for SanDisk via Four Winds Creative, I created short stop-motion animation videos for use on SanDisk's social media channels including Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. The idea was to bring their flash memory products to life by featuring them as the characters in a series of fun, animated videos. I was responsible for all of the animation as well as set construction, prop fabrication, editing and sound design. The pieces were written and storyboarded by the fine folks at Four Winds Creative.
In the summer of 2014 I began uploading 6 second videos to the Vine mobile video app, mostly animation and time lapses with original music. One of my videos became an Editor's Pick, was looped over 60 million times, and was featured on the Weather Channel and weather.com. Before the app's untimely demise I had acquired over 55K followers and produced branded stop-motion animation videos for Rolls-Royce and Sandisk.
A promo I animated for Tacolicious, via ChefsFeed, for a great charity they run called the Tacolicious School Project. TSP supports local schools with some of their taco proceeds, and have since crossed the $1Million threshold.
I made this mostly with a combination of felt cutouts and simple, hand-drawn animation, with a little stop-motion taco for good measure.
The Aurora is a sleek new sensor by RetailNext, made for tracking and analyzing foot traffic and customer behavior in retail environments. I animated this sequence for RetailNext to use as a gif on their website, as a way to catch peoples' attention and redirect them to the full product video. The idea was to emphasize how the Aurora (along with RetailNext's cloud services) can take the place of a wide array of bulky hardware. I kept it simple and had the "old" hardware crowd into the shot, only to be replaced by the Aurora as it dances across the screen. It was shot with a green screen so that the client could choose the background.
Rolls-Royce Trent XWB Turbine, promotional Vine
Commissioned by Rolls-Royce via YOU Agency in London, I produced a short, animated video to promote their new Trent XWB jet engine for Airbus commercial planes. The video was posted on Rolls-Royce's official Vine channel and was looped over 35K times.
In addition to producing Chef Slang, another animated series I helped launch at ChefsFeed is called Worst Shift Ever, featuring chefs telling comical tales of woe from their early days in the restaurant biz. The first season I animated in house, using illustrations provided by freelance illustrators. I animated them in After Effects and created the sound design. For the second season I took on a co-producer role while we brought in a variety of talented freelance animators to each take on their own episode. The ep pictured here is one I animated using illustrations provided by the amazing Meryl Rowin.
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Here are a few of the videos I edited while working for Chef’s Feed in San Francisco.
For the two Opening Night videos, I was responsible for the full edit including audio and color correction. This is a popular series that relies heavily on lots of overlapping audio to emphasize the energy of that first night at a new restaurant.
On the Spark video I was responsible for the full edit and sound design.
3 Rustic Cooking Tips with Broth was a video I edited as part of a series sponsored by College Inn. Per client direction these videos depended on added text rather than audio to add some instructional elements to the videos.
For the One Day in Austin video I produced the titles.
These are some clips of stop motion I animated for Thermo Fisher Scientific. These were made to be cut into a longer live-action video they were producing in house to promote their scientific equipment catalogue. Written and storyboarded by Four Winds Creative, I was responsible for the animation, set design/construction, and some light sound design.
Some odd bits of animation, will be adding to this soon!