SAN MANUEL CASINO "ANTHEM". In April 2016, I worked with Gentleman Scholar (LA) on one of three new commercials for the San Manuel Casino. The studio's pipeline is 3D oriented, so they had already done a lot of the previsualization and modeling, plus concepts. I used their provided geometry for layout, and worked closely with the Modelers and Compositors to assist with camera projection.
LOYD GROSSMAN SAUCES "STILL LIFE JOURNEY". In July 2016, I worked with NOMINT (London), creating look development images for a new Loyd Grossman Sauces commercial. The concept was for the camera to move through loose 3D "sculptures" of the sauce's ingredients, but the client was having trouble visualizing this. Working closely with the Art Director, I fully rendered their storyboard panels, which were actually used as photogrammetry within the shots.
THE GET DOWN. Also in July 2016, I worked for The Artery (NY), on two shots for the first episode of the Netflix original series, The Get Down. The show is set in late 1970's Bronx, where a lot of the city lay in abandoned ruin after failed urban planning efforts. So I had to add rubble and ruined housing projects to these shots.
DA VINCI'S DEMONS. In 2012, I worked with Pixomondo (Burbank) on several shots for the Starz series, Da Vinci's Demons. While the show is set in sunny Tuscany, it was actually shot in drizzly Wales, so it was a challenge transporting Florence across the Channel. Below are some of my final matte paintings, I did my best to match the plate, as the editors and compositors were handling the major color correction.
FRUIT SNACKS "BIG SMACK" and KEEBLER "UNCOMMONLY GOOD". Also in 2012, I worked on two animated commercials for Buck's NY and LA studios respectively. I love to occasionally step out of the photo-real world on such projects! The Fruit Snacks was purely 2D, broken out for compositing of course, but the Keebler spot began as a 3D asset, with my matte painting work being projected back on to the geometry.
INTUIT "TAYLOR'S HATS". For Psyop (Venice) in 2010, I worked on three separate commercials for Intuit accounting software. Each involved transplanting a storefront from an urban street to a more freestanding small town environment. The client had changed their minds about the location!
DIGITAL TUTORS: CREATING TIME PERIOD MATTE PAINTINGS IN PHOTOSHOP. In my 2014 Digital Tutors lesson, I taught how to turn back the clock on a modern city street to the 1950's with Digital Matte Painting. We used non-destructive photo editing to combine multiple photographic elements into a whole new shot - including the addition of miniature cars!