Global Game Jam 2013

My students and I spent a weekend at SAE Institute London covering the madness that is Global Game Jam. In this fantastic event, game developers are given just 48 hours to come up with, code, and release a working game! Much sleep was lost; many poor eating habits exhibited.

This is also an example of what happens when an editor is given carte blanche on the choice of music. I picked three tracks I thought did the event justice and had fun mixing them in this 5 minute clip.


Teaser



Full Edit


Belle Amie – Girls Up (music video)

In one of the odder turns in my life, I landed a directing gig for X-Factor’s Belle Amie and their first single. I was approached by producer Mouktar Mohammed who asked me to come up with a concept and aid in the post-production.

I came up with a pop-centric idea that centred around a positive self-image message (and some pretty visuals).

Had lots of fun overall, and the cast and crew were lovely to work with.

Royal British Legion Youth Band Brentwood – Blaze Away (flash mob)

My first attempt at shooting a flash mob while a student at SAE Institute London. Fellow student (and mother of one of the percussionists) Susan Cormack was producing the video and asked me to be director and cam operator. I then edited and colour graded the final result.

As with all learning experiences, many things went wrong – some of the footage was over-exposed, about 2-3 of the camera ops were not prepared when the flash mob began, and I found there was not enough footage in sync for the final edit (this is always an issue with flash mob videos, I’ve noticed).

We shot the band at two locations over two days in Brentwood. They were absolutely fantastic kids!

Lyndsey Ollard – Liar (music video)

As a student, I was approached by the head of the film-making course to have a go at directing Lyndsey Ollard, whose album (‘One Night Stand’) was produced by Tom Misner. We were short on time and resources (and being students did not help), but I think we did a decent job and learnt a lot in the process. One of the biggest lessons was – always ask the client to give you a realistic deadline.

I was still getting used to compositing and colouring, so it was like learning how to swim in the deep end.

Denizen Reserves (student assignment)

I wrote and directed my final student film project ‘Denizen Reserves’ in 2010 (SAE Institute London). The short sci-fi follows the final days of a teenage vigilante group set in the near future.

The following concept image was used to generate interest during pre-production:


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The final product is less than perfect, but was a great learning experience in proper pre-production, equipment rental and lighting techniques:


Here are some of the before/after comparison shots (more in-depth breakdown may be found on the 2012 VFX showreel at 00:25):

Screen Replacement

DR2

Animated billboards

DR6

Fake graffiti

DR1

SAE Advert (student assignment)

Submission for third semester at SAE Institute London. We were given a limited number of products/services to choose from, and I decided to go for what I considered to be the most challenging one in an effort to stimulate my creativity and selling ability.


It was during this project that I fell in love with After Effects and realised I wanted to devote my professional career to post production and VFX.