Thursday, 25 February 2010

Audio responsive video.

I've been playing with making videos that are responsive to audio, here's an initial test:

Foghorn Audio Visual Response Test from Michael Lansdell on Vimeo.

It works okay with mixed down audio, but I should have the opportunity to do this with a piece of music that's broken into layers, which should give a more dynamic look to this technique.

This track is the first thirty seconds of "Foghorn" by Silver Pyre, who I've done live visuals for in the past and am currently working on a music video with (this isn't it!).


Woo! Been playing with this some more! I asked another musician friend to give me a track they had made but in layers (I mean all the different sounds, not quite sure what the right term is for this!), so I could get a better visual response to the music. Here is the first result of that:

Rich's Track from Michael Lansdell on Vimeo.

And then a bit more fiddling gave me this:

Rich's Track_3 from Michael Lansdell on Vimeo.

Rich (the musician friend), actually wrote this especially in an evening, I believe he's fiddling with it still so when I get something new off him expect another update!

Monday, 22 February 2010


Ha! I have an IMDB profile! I'm not sure how that came about, but here it is:

Saturday, 20 February 2010

Very exciting post about DVD menus...

At work we recently took on some work for Oxford County Council creating a multi language DVD about the Children's Centres they run. They'd requested that the language you were about to watch the programme in was highlighted from the main menu by highlighting a relevant flag.
The problem with this is that most DVD menus have one colour highlights due to limitations with the hardware and this would obscure a flag, so I had the idea of having all the flags in Black and White as default, and then having them move into full colour when highlighted, by using forced menu screen changes that weren't noticeable to the viewer. The effect is that you it just looks like wherever you have clicked to highlights into colour. The downside for me is that a very simple menu setup ended up like this:

The upside is that the menus looked very nice:

Friday, 12 February 2010

Star Wars Uncut.

I'm putting together a scene for this:

Star Wars: Uncut Trailer from Casey Pugh on Vimeo.

Very exciting! :o)
Will update as and when I have finished things :o)


Very early BG:


Been playing about, and settled on a pixel art, 16 bit computer game inspired look. Th eintention is to make it stand out from other bits of animation in the film and playing with the whole nostalgia aspect of remaking a childhood favourite (although, technically to do that properly it'd be a text adventure, or something. Maybe for the next scene?).

Anyway, here 'tis:

Click to see it big for the full HD glory!

Thursday, 11 February 2010

Character sketch

A quickly coloured sketch/character sheet kind of thing knocked out whilst eating lunch, just for fun:

Crab photo

I went fishing at the weekend, and took this picture of a crab that grabbed onto my bait, enjoy!

It's not amazing or anything, I just like it!

Monday, 8 February 2010

Teachers TV Michael Morpurgo programme.

We've made a programme at work about the children's author Michael Morpurgo for Teachers TV, and to help illustrate some of the ideas and points from his interview I made 18 short graphic clips. All very fast turn around kind of stuff so not as polished as I might of liked, but some work quite well. You can see the programme on the Teachers TV website, by clicking here.

(But not until Wednesday!)