I really enjoy animating. Taking 2d images and bringing them to life can be a long process but ultimately the results are rewarding when your finished product works well and your client is stoked.
In 2015 I worked closely with Red Tractor Creative on a series of book trailers for Scholastic Australia. I was supplied with a voice over from the author himself, Aaron Blabey and the illustrations from a few select pages of his children's book "The Bad Guys". I was then tasked with animating each still and editing it all together into a 60-second trailer. I had creative control over colour, sfx and all the animation.
I was delighted when told that Aaron absolutely loved the clip and was very impressed.
Soultraders - Uptown Funk
In Sept of 2015, after much anticipation and god-like patience from my partners behalf, I finally tied the knot with amazing wife. It was one of the greatest days of my life and worth all the blood sweat and tears that we poured into organising it.
Soultraders played at our wedding and made it a memorable experience for all our guests. Despite all the effort put into so many others details about our special day the one thing friends and family always says is "who was that band?" or "your band was amazing!"
I was delighted to put together a teaser clip for the band and took the opportunity to try a "one take" of them performing "uptown funk".
I shot this using the Sony A7S on a ronin M and recorded with the Odessey7q+. Although not RAW the Odessey recording in 422 color allowed me to play with the tint of the lighting in the room and let me crop in for better framing when I couldn't get close enough to each band member.
I animated their logo for the opener and also tracked their band information to the frame to close the clip. Shooting in 4K with 422 colour depth made the camera tracking a pleasure and gave a convincing result once I had added the finishing touches, such as the reflection of the red flashing light .
The Soultraders were great performers and really nice guys as well. Stay tuned for a new take on this style of video as I will be working with the boys again on a similar shoot soon. If you want to get in contact with the guys visit soultraders.com.au
Soultraders - Uptown Funk
Slide the Suburbs
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Slide the Suburbs 1080P 60Fps
This was my first opportunity to build an animation from scratch. I designed each individual element in Adobe Illustrator before importing into After Effects to animate.
I had a very loose script to follow on this project and had creative control over the music, voice over and storyboard.
Unlike other animation jobs I had taken on, this one presented its own set of challenges. I was thrown in the deep end with having to learn the basics of character rigging, but with some tedious troubleshooting sessions and a few youtube tutorials I'm happy with the final result.
Animation Reel 2015
Samuel Fitzpatrick - Animation Reel 2015
A small collection of some animation projects from 2015
Bridgecoast Finance Group TVC
Earlier in my career, I got the opportunity to shoot a 15 sec television commercial for a central coast finance company, Bridgecoast. The owner and operator had 1 condition, that condition was that his daughter was the presenter for the ad spot.
Although hearing those words immediately made me feel as though this job was going to punishing, I was pleasantly surprised when 18-year-old Emily turned up to the shoot with all her lines memorized and as well prepared as any professional. She told me that she wanted to pursue a career as a presenter and for how natural she was in front of the camera, I have no doubt that she will be a star in the future.
Although Technically basic, I still like the TVC for its simplicity and easy execution, giving a professional and clean look to match the call to action.
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