Sunday, October 5, 2008

Commercial Work

I was able to get a few high quality movies of my work at The Mill, but I'm in the process of recompressing, and uploading them. I will continue to add to this post as they become ready. I consider these to be my most involved and interesting contributions. I learned tons on each of these spots, and worked with amazing artists to bring these commercials to completion. So without further ado...


Coke "It's Mine"




This was my first spot ever. I started doing previz (previsualization) on this spot, modeling the balloons and city scape. Very low-rez stuff, so the clients can get a sense of action and timing in the spot. After the plates were shot, I helped do some cloth tests, and ultimately have two shots in the final cut, for which I animated the rigs, and did cloth/rope simulation. Those were then handed off to our rendering guys. The CG for this spot was done in 3 weeks. I still can't believe how fast we did this spot, and it's an amazing achievement!


Mercedes "Crossroads"




I did this one quite recently. An overall challenge. We had to make the whole car transparent "enough", but not completely see-through. Our render guys did an awesome job with this look. I helped out by doing some tracking of the cars, as well as doing the exploding glass, in the full CG shots. I also helped out with textures and normal maps for the airbags. A great spot, which taught me a lot about Maya particles!

more soon...

7 comments:

jgiambrone said...

very very impressive! glad to see you made it! thanks for the feedback on my reel. yeah, nothings really done on it as you can see. i'm working on the soldier right now. its a 5k game model with what's going to be textured with a 2 normal maps.

ajmihara said...

The coke commercial is my favorite. I'm always impressed with the commercial work, what with the time frame and all. Hey, you're a maya man right? Do you know of any books to recommend for mel scripting?

Keep up the good work too!

Kyle Van Meurs said...

Those are amazing Mike! I really like the Coke one, and that is incredible it was done in 3 weeks.

Jillian LeNoble said...

Oh wow! Now this is the big time. And to think all I want to do is doodle my life away and get paid for it. Ummm... I think I'll stick to pencil and paper.

Fantstic though, inspiring as hell.

Christian Van Meurs said...

Your Coke ad was the only reason I watched the Superbowl. One of the best ads too I'd say. Congrats man, we're all really happy for you back here.

ajmihara said...

Hey, I couldn't find a way to just message you, so I'll post here. Just wanted to thank you for your suggestions :) Heh. Couldn't find a "copy" so I'll have to buy it. Hope you're doing well!

Michael T. Sandborn said...

<3 that commercial! Great job!