Violent Soho – Covered in Chrome: Music Video

Single-shot, time-ramped icon of Brisbane Suburbia. I don’t think director Dan Graetz and the rest of the crew realised how much of a Thing this video was going to be when we spent a day shooting in 39º heat at bass player Luke Henery’s house.

It totally became a Thing, nominated for a 2014 Aria Award, and over a million plays on Youtube.

I sorted out the time-changing of the music, set up stage lighting, and came up with the quintessential “Jaymis” suggestion – “set the hills hoist on fire” –  when we couldn’t figure out how to finish off the clip.

For the shoot day I had it easier than most, spending most of the clip hidden upstairs watching the video remotely and pulling focus. More sweat came out of Dan’s body than I thought was possible for a human body to contain, but the look of the piece, and the “teleporting” band members required that we produce a Behind The Scenes video to prove it was a real single-shot clip.

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Little Scout – March Over To Me: Music Video

After designing and 3D-printing modifications to convert our 3-axis camBLOCK motion control system into a monster 5-axis crane rig, I needed a project to test out the system. Fortunately my buddies Little Scout were about to release their new single, and the aesthetic perfectly fit the multi-pass, audio-reactive ideas in my head.

Motion control gave me some delightfully crane-y multi-pass camera moves, and audio reactive lighting made the band members magically appear only when their instruments made noise.

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Ball Park Music – Bad Taste Blues Part II: Music Video

Another collaboration between Graetzmedia and the amazing humans of Ball Park Music.

The “house” and “science lab” scenes of this piece were all shot at my home, I invented the ejector-pants, and shot B-cam angles for the performance scenes. (Also: Sneaky bus stop cameo, so I could be on hand to reset the ejector pants between takes.)

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7bit Hero – Come On. Stand Out: Music Video

I’m the visualist/networking/game-master member of bitpop band 7bit Hero. When introducing our weird hybrid gaming/live music project to people, we had trouble explaining how it all works. The band actually wants people to be messing with their phones at our shows?

Perhaps a music video might get the concept across, with BEEEEZ!!!

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Mt Franklin Lightly Sparkling & Cozi by Jennifer Hawkins: Advertisement

This was an interesting shoot. I flew to Sydney to represent Graetzmedia in a big commercial production, with the camBLOCK motion control system packed in 2 big Pelican cases. Turned up at FOX Studios, walked in to the giant soundstage and announced myself as the Motion Control guy, to receive the response “No you’re not. Where’s all your gear?”

There were a lot of grizzled advertising shoot veterans with surprised looks at the end of that day. camBLOCK handled the full size Alexa with aplomb, and we spent a very pleasant time filming lots of copies of a pretty lady in different bikinis.

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Foton Tunland: Advertisement

On this shoot I got to stand out in the sun with the camBLOCK motion control robot while everyone else was driving around an off-road park and splashing through mud.

Got some really lovely badge-work shots of the car though, so that’s a thing.

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Tara Simmons – Weekend of Hearts: Music Video

The first public use of the audio-reactive lighting system I developed for Ableton Live. The lighting of this clip was controlled entirely via the sounds of the music. The individual audio “stems” – vocals, synths, kick drum, snare etc. – were routed to different lighting channels to create a perfectly synced yet organic looking lighting show.

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Ball Park Music – Surrender: Music Video

As soon as my producer friend Matt Redlich moved his recording studio into the spectacularly beautiful wooden building he dubbed Grandma’s Place, I wanted to film a music video there. Matt had just finished recording Ball Park Music’s new album, so I organised a meeting between the band and the Graetzmedia crew to see what would come.

The challenge: Reinvigorate an old-style “random stuff happening in various places” music video concept with some next-level VFX and motion control.

In collaboration with director Dan Graetz, I did a bunch of science, taught the Motion Control robot to pull perfect Hitchcock Zooms time after time, shot some crazy multi-pass performance shots to create virtual choirs, and came up with a plant-growing timelapse/realtime “seed charmer” shot which blows minds on the reg. Continue reading Ball Park Music – Surrender: Music Video

NEXTDC M1 Data Centre – Launch: Corporate Video

Graetzmedia worked with NEXTDC on the launch of their M1 Data Centre. I was addicted to the music of The Glitch Mob at the time, so suggested their track Warrior Concerto to director Dan.

Then spent some serious time animating titles in SPACE using After Effects, with lots of Trapcode Form, Optical Flares, and Particular, and epic camera moves.

Penny Skateboards – Plastic Pride: Advertisement

Remember when I made a toaster remotely explode on cue and shoot flaming bread into the air?

Good times.

For this Graetzmedia production I created an animatronic, pyrotechnic toaster, animated the closing logo and motion control camera moves, and did general Shoot Things for a couple of days of silliness around Brisbane. Silliness I was able to immortalise by editing a Behind The Scenes clip:

Bonus Points: The skateboard smashing scene was shot at the house of my good friend Jum. I hope he will use this piece when he eventually goes to sell the house. Continue reading Penny Skateboards – Plastic Pride: Advertisement