“I sit on the beach, drink instant coffee, and dive when I can.”
On April 5, 2015, The Digital Makeup Initiative, Stereo VFX, and Stereo Conversion Communities lost one of its pioneers. Jason Jue, VFX supervisor, compositor, and avid diver passed away. Those who knew him grieve with his family, and are all taken aback by the sudden happenings that pulled him from this world. What I can say most about him is that he was my good friend.
Jason was the third employee of Sassoon Film Design (Santa Monica, CA). Jammed into a one room office … Continue reading
The Digital Legacy of One of the world’s first 3D scanned actors.
I’d hoped to have written this before it happened.
You never know how much you appreciate something, or someone until they are gone. I was one of the generation raised in a world where the name SPOCK meant something more than how to raise children. The character that Leonard Nimoy created on Star Trek gave was an ideal of logic, and personified our struggle to overcome or … Continue reading
This entry is part 6 of 10 in the series AGsketchbook
This entry is part 5 of 10 in the series AGsketchbook
Selfie Portrait of the VFX artist
This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Lost Concepts
The Lost Concept Series explores production designs by Johnathan Banta that never saw the light of day — until now.
There is always so much work that goes into an entertainment property that no one ever sees. Were it not for the books that chronicle the preproduction of … Continue reading
This entry is part 4 of 10 in the series AGsketchbook
Digital doodle on custom made background. This was an exercise in creating an ink-stained paper look from scratch with digital paintbrushes.
It Came From the 1990’s
Okay, this will take a little bit of back-story…
Early Digital makeup.
In 1997, I started to write an article in conjunction with Digital Domain’s Andre Bustanoby (fresh off of Continue reading
Digital Makeup Shines at VES Awards
The Visual Effects Society has nominated Hemlock Grove as one of its finalists for best visual effects in a television program. It is an achievement to have digital makeup effects (dMFX) nominated for such a prestigious award, and hopefully a trend for the community at large for acceptance of the craft. It is an honor to be part of that crew, and to be nominated by our peers.
Below is a press release about the work, and a link to a video showing some of the many shows in 2014 involving the dMFX, and MFX teams in the united … Continue reading
Drew this in 2011 inspired by an involved process starting with a new client. It’s funny how often this rings true.
Using Motion Vectors as Fluid Forces
I was stuck. The particular scene In front of me required that a character from existing footage be combined with tentacles of my own making, repositioned to come out of water at the edge of screen, combined with a sky matte painting, and fling water off of its body at every flick or tiny movement. Time was as usual, … Continue reading
This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Lost Concepts
Almost Human Concept Art
Occasionally a sketch can become something else. I have taken to the iPad for illustration, as many have over the past few years. it is convenient, and allows me to do more finished work as well as sketch on-the-fly. Tasked to do some concept illustrations for the series Almost Human, I quickly re-purposed one of my sketches for varying concepts of android design for the (unfortunately) cancelled show. Here are some of them: