I’ve been invited to present guest lectures, practical workshops and project invigilation at the Central Film School in London for the Advanced Post Producton component of their BA Practical Filmmaking Course.
At this stage, the students are in the second year of their studies, and are taught fundamental pre- and post production methods of VFX compositing.
Worked with hours of stock footage to assemble the edit for director Robin Rippman’s Entomophobia music video for London-based band In Violet. The 3D graphic elements were created by Alex Piglowski and rigged by Dan Lavi.
The first was to create a prop children’s book about a child dealing with the death of her beloved pet rabbit. This turned out to be really fun, and it was a unique experience to see my pictures turned into a hardback book:
The second request was to create an interesting transition between two worlds as the character slips away from reality. We ended up with a Gondry-like effect, in which the items inside the kitchen ‘blinked out’ and the room faded into the new location (2:10 mark in the clip below):
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.
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.
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.