Recent Autodesk Flame Work

 

Whether leading my own jobs in client supervised sessions or assisting with large VFX projects, I can take a job from conform and compositing through to final delivery.

Key Flame Skills:

  •     CG integration into live action plates
  •     Blue/Greenscreen extractions
  •     Pack replacements
  •     Camera projections
  •     Beauty work
  •     Cleanup
  •     Set extensions
  •     Rotoscoping
  •     Shoot supervision

Lipton Ice Tea Flavours - Green Lemon Ice Leaves

  • Agency: Adam & Eve DDB
  • Director: NeO
  • Production Company: Stink
  • Post House: Glassworks

This was one of a series of ads for Lipton Ice Tea's "Taste the Brightside" campaign.

I was part of the VFX team working in Flame to replace the labels on various bottle types. Each bottle was shot without a label and contained clear water with tracking markers. The bottles were cleaned up before FBX geometries were lit and textured inside Flame. Multiple versions of each bottle type were then created with different artwork labels and liquid colours.

Once the main creative was complete on the first ad, I was then involved in all the versioning for the cutdowns and international adaptations. Using Smoke, four more commercials were conformed where I then added the flare transitions and timewarps for the liquid shots. Multiple End Frames were also created for the sun deck, beach and ice bucket versions along with all the various colours and labels.

Churchill Insurance - Metamorphosis

  • Agency: WCRS
  • Director: Dominic Brigstocke
  • Production Company: Tomboy Films
  • Post House: Glassworks

I worked on two ads for Churchill Insurance's latest TV campaign with Dawn French.

The first one was called "Dance" which involved Churchie getting his 80's groove on to Depeche Modes "Just can't get enough" to promote an 80% discount for customers who have 8 years no claims discount.

The second was called "Metamophosis" which showed Dawn getting progressively angrier as she talks about all the uninsured drivers on the road. The ads were conformed in Flame where Metamoprhosis required a variety of VFX work ranging from green screen windows, background set extensions, to adding in window reflections. A few shots also involved tracking in squirts of mustard and ketchup from the bottles to comping in layers of steam into the hair of an increasingly irate Dawn French. Ooooooooh yes!

BMWi - Becoming Electric

  • Agency: WCRS
  • Director: Jason Zada
  • Production Company: Mustard
  • Post House: Glassworks

This was an interesting job to work on with WCRS and Mustard to promote BMW's new fully electric car.

My involvement in this 8 minute film was mainly working on the 360 degree car interior shots which were shot on the Ladybug camera. The Ladybug is a camera that uses 6 cameras which creates 75% of a full sphere giving 360 degree footage. These massive 5K plates were brought into Flame and then stiched and composited together to create a seamless plate for each shot which were then projected onto a sphere by the developers at TOOL to be used as an interactive app.

Other VFX shots included creating a blackout sequence for when the city lost electricity and the final shot in the film involved compositing mist into the lake behind the car.

You can download the app here and the trailer for the film can be viewed above.

Jessie J - Thunder

  • Director: Emil Nava
  • Production Company: Pulse Films
  • Post House: Glassworks

This promo for Jessie J's new single "Thunder" involved extensive cleanup and rig removal on over 40 shots.

Conformed and composited in Flame, many shots required the removal of the camera dolly which wrapped around Jessie 360 degrees - quite a challenge as each shot had flashing spotlights, rotating camera moves and to top it off Jessie had a semi-transparent veil crossing over the rig so the paint node got a lot of use on this job! All delivered within 5 (loooong) days.

Toyota Vios Launch - One Direction

  • Agency: Dentsu Tokyo
  • Director: Vaughan Arnell
  • Production Company: Stink
  • Post House: Realise Studio

This commercial was for the launch Toyota's new Vios car into the Chinese market.

I was part of the VFX team working in Flame compositing CG signs into the live action plates. Some signs were exported as FBX planes which were then textured and lit in Action, while others were provided as multi pass renders from Houdini. Other tasks included crowd replication, set extensions to the buildings and also extending the stage to become larger through camera projections.

This job required a lot of car and road cleanup, along with plenty of roto and green screen keying. I was also tasked with adding the Chinese subtitles and titling followed by versioning.

Eastenders - Sharon's Return Promo

  • Director: Matt Rhodes
  • Production Company: Red Bee Media
  • Post House: Golden Square

This was a promo for Eastenders/Red Bee Media for Sharon's dramatic return to the Square. This job involved compositing CG leaves and debris, in addition to extra dust and leaves/debris elements shot on green screen.

I was part of a large VFX team on this job working in Flame to create extra dust particles, and rain combined with many layers of shot elements to build upon the in-camera effects.

Vodafone - Box

  • Agency: Jung Von Matt
  • Director: Bruce Hunt
  • Production Company: Radical Media Berlin
  • Post House: Glassworks

I was part of the VFX team working in Flame to comp in various CG crowd replacements in this ad for Vodafone Germany. Each shot required extensive cleanup and roto before integrating the CG elements into the plates.

Now TV Alice - Sky

  • Agency: WCRS
  • Director: Vesa Manninen
  • Post House: Golden Square

This was one of a series of new ads for Sky/WCRS to launch Sky's new service called "Now TV". Using Flame, I was part of the VFX team involved in carrying out extensive cleanup and rig removal on the backgrounds ready for integrating the CG elements into the live action plates.

The main task I had on this spot was to design the fluffy box entrance but without it looking too scary. I selected various stock dust explosion elements which were then graded purple, timewarped to double speed and the positions were offset to create the travelling movement. Other tasks included prepping extra teeth characters that were puppeteered on rods against greenscreen. All practical characters were keyed, rotoed and cleaned up before being composited into the shots.

“Swing” Golf+ Ident - Canal+

  • Agency: Devilfish
  • Director: Grant Gilbert
  • Post House: Golden Square

This was one of a number of Idents I worked on for a new channel launch called Golf +.

I attended the shoot to ensure we captured all the data we needed ready to composite the VFX in Flame. Each golfer was shot against blue screen using motion control so that the final edit would show one continuous movement between all the cuts. The idents were shot on the Arri ALEXA at 100fps which allowed the fast motion of the golfer to be captured with minimal motion blur.

All the stock backgrounds were cleaned up and graded to match the foreground elements which were keyed and integrated into the various scenes.