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Twilight

An animated feature I designed, pitched, and sold that no one ever saw.
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Elevating Cardboard

We created a miniature city street while getting years worth of old boxes out of our house.

Harry took the creative director's seat on this one, choosing cardboard for the medium. It was both a blessing and a curse to work with, but the end results were right on target.

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City Planning

A lot of work went into planning the layout. We were only filming from a few set directions, so the facides only work from a few angles. The trick was keeping them modular so they could be re-arranged and still work.

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Camera Tests

We did several different camera tests working with a variety of options. Above you can see the proxy model for the CGI truck being placed for scale.

For lighting we used Hue lights--a quick and easy way to change from dusk to early morning.

VFX Breakdown

Here is a quick look at how we built the CGI for the opening scene, and a list of highlights from our process:


  • Practical stage elements in After Effects
  • Animated in Maya and modeled in Modo
  • CGI elements scanned in from cardboard proxies
  • Theta 360° camra provided HDRI lighting
  • Money particle animations created in Modo
  • App-controlled Phillups Hue lighting rigs
  • Additional practical lighting effects added in After Effects

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