Closing the Gap

So much has happened since I last posted on here:

Going into my last year of college, I’ve been thrilled to work on all of these projects. It is a lot of time to dedicate, but in the end it is worth it. I recently came across a quote from Ira Glass that originally inspired me to start my Dailies for February and March, but this following quote is the driving force to create and pursue my career:

Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take a while. It’s normal to take a while. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.” – Ira Glass, 2009

The following is a video version of the quote created by Daniel Sax:

Stay inspired everyone! Go make something and close that gap!

A Christmas Post / Works in Progress – Happy Holidays!

As my senior project for my final year at school, I’ve decided to focus on improving my Cinema 4D skills. My strategy is to make something every week (or nearly everyday) from Cinema 4D. I wanted my latest project to be something holiday themed so why not a wreath? Blue is typically not the color choice when one thinks of Christmas, but I like it for the time being.

Below are two images of some projects I’m working on at the moment.

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The Lonely Wild – Everything You Need (Music Video)

Earlier this year, I was on a team to help produce this music video lead by Grace Merchant (Producer) and Kurt Paulsen (Creative Director). My position was to help animate and create the underworld scene. The process involved may hours with Photoshop and just as many hours with After Effects.

Today, the work pays off with it’s premiere on! The link to the article can be found at the following:

Behind the Scenes can be found at the link below:

The link to the video itself can be found below:

Halloween Project

Hope everyone had a fun Halloween! I did anyway. Costumes, trick-or-treating, and parties are fun and all, but I wanted to try something different. I wanted to actually scare people this year and not as in hide behind a bush and jump out at kids walking by, but make an animation that can leave a viewer in chills. Here’s what I was working on for the last month!

I animated the character using Paper Cutout Animation. After I animated the character I took him in After Effects and put him in a scene that fit his style. The audio was recorded in Pro Tools by a very good friend of mine who can play violin like a boss.

Open Bible Stories

Distant Shores Media has partnered with Stone Path Studios to create a wonderful way to spread the gospel to many people that do not have the Bible in their own language! Open Bible stories is an un-restricted project that anyone can access and use to either translate or bring to their people in their language!

Our job here at Stone Path is to create 2.5D Animations of this illustrations from the Bible so that people can watch them either on their phones, Youtube, Vimeo, wherever! We first break apart the image in Photoshop then bring them into After Effects for animation.

I’m really excited for not only what I am creating, but who I am creating this for! This project is probably one of the biggest opportunities to expand my skills and spread the gospel at the same time.

Here’s an example of what is yet to come!