Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Snakebot Advertisement (3D Animation)

This was a quick advertisement for the Snakebot toy. The model was produced and animated in 3ds Max and the footage was edited in Adobe Premier.

This video was difficult to produce due to unexpected errors that kept popping up due to conflicts with the animation of the treads and the pathing, resulting in the animation being incredibly jerky in places. As such, it didn't turn out as well as I liked.

Music is 'Robots FTW' from the Portal 2 soundtrack sped up using Adobe Soundbooth (I do not own it).

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Snakebot Product 3D Render

I produced these 3D renders as a part of the same Snakebot advertisement as the logo shown earlier. The treads took a particularly long time to get right, but I am seriously proud about how well they turned out.

The Android logo was a placeholder for another logo the client had commissioned (I do not own).

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Angels & Demons - DVD Menu

This project involved making an animated DVD menu for the film Angels & Demons. I'm particularly proud of the film footage displayed in the background inside the Fire Earth Water Air symbol that plays a prominent part in the movie.

Background song is '160 BPM' by Hans Zimmer, made for the Angels & Demons soundtrack (I do not own).

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Adelaide Zoo - A Walk With Exotic Animals Advertisement

For this project, I was asked to create a 15 minute advertisement for the Adelaide City Zoo. As such, I was required to create my own logo and title, use all the provided footage and stills to display the animals it had to offer, use selected audio tracks (which I do not own) and insert a credit sequence of the client's writing (and yes, they were Monty Python fans, how could you tell?)

While the client and I were satisfied with the finished product, I personally feel it could have been much better if I were allowed to choose the music tracks to be used. The music doesn't really bring out the kind of atmosphere you'd expect of a zoo and making the video fit the music resulted in a very sombre video. Something more upbeat would have made a lot more sense.

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Website Proposal Templates

These proposed templates were for a website I designed. SBXCOM was a RPG game, based on the game series X-COM (which I do not own), played on the forum Spacebattles.com for quite a while before uni commitments forced me to stop playing.

When designing the website, I was aiming for a very 90's sci-fi military-esqe aesthetic seen in movies like Escape from New York, with wire-frames, green on black CRT colours and angular text. The picture of Adam Jenson from Deus Ex: Human Revolution was not the final picture, but rather a placeholder to save time until I could make an original design.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Adelaide Advertisement - Rundle Mall

Two words were in my mind when I made this ad: upbeat and energetic. I wanted to show off what Rundle Mall had to offer, not just in terms of shopping, but in cultural landmarks, history, food and greenery, and make it seem like a lively and fun place to shop.

The music is 'Positive Lift' from the Royalty Free Music collection (I do not own it) and the moment I listened to it, I knew it was perfect for this video.

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Flight Simulator Music Video - Australian Scenery

For this project, I had to take scenes from a video provided to me by a client and sync them to a music track they wanted. In this case, the video was from a flight simulator (not sure which one, though, so maybe a flight sim fan out there can tell me) and the song was No Hay Problema by Pink Martini.

When making this video, I wanted to keep as many of the natural transitions in the footage as I could. The sight of a prop plane entering and exiting portals in space and time is a reason to make a video by itself.

Updated Youtube Page

The only real goal with this design was to match my blog design. So I matched the background texturing as close as I could and used a matching colour scheme.

I experimented with a few designs, before finally picking the last design. I had to make a few more changes when the design didn't quite fit the page.

I was happy with the final result. It was nice and minimalistic, fitting my aesthetic preferences, it contained all the iconic elements of Blackball Design and it fit the constraints set by Youtube. The final result can be seen below.


Welcome to Adelaide - TAFE Video Assignment

This video was my major assignment for my TAFE Video Production assignment.

I used mainly big, dramatic trailer music (which I do not own, credits are at the end) and camera angles to give it a big cinematic feel, if only to enhance the effect of the last scene. You'll know it when you watch it, I won't spoil it.

This is my first attempt at a Youtube video and I'm hoping to do more. Any advice, recommendations or inspiration for further projects is welcome.

Monday, 6 February 2012

Blackball Design Logo 2

I made a few minor changes to the logo, such as adjusting the spot on the ball, changing the linear radiant to a radial one and playing around with the inner light and shadows to give the ball a sense of depth. Looks much better, in my honest opinion.

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Logo Design

This first logo was for a commercial for a snake robot toy, aptly named Snakebot. The design is simple, but dynamic and memorable. Turning the S into a snaking symbol for the Snakebot, while somewhat obvious, provides an iconic image, in my opinion.

The following two were for a news studio. I chose Atlas News because I wanted to try an Art Deco aesthetic (inspired by the Bioshock games) with a globe motif. I produced two designs, one with the studio's name over a photo of a bronze globe statue and another with it next to a golden globe image. My preference for minimalism lead me to ultimately chose the latter as the final design.

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Flash Portfolio

This is a flash portfolio concept I was working on before I decided to use a blog to display my work. Again, I liked a minimalistic, yet eye-catching look, using contrasts of black and white. The circles in the background are designed to pulse in regular patterns, creating an animated, lively appearance while maintaining the minimalism I was going for.

The logo was an old version of the design I ultimately used for this site and chose the name Blackball Design.

Blackball Design Logo

When I came up with the design, I was looking for something minimalistic, yet eye-catching. My chosen name already gave me a good contrast of black and white, all I needed to do was to come up with a design that I thought looked good.

The logo had a few variations of it made before I finally settled on my first design.

From there, I added some additional effects to make it stand out more, such as a slight gradient on the ball, a drop shadow on the text to help it stand out more and a few adjustments to the text colour to make it more readable on the dark background.