Cinema Swarm – Autonomous Subject Tracking Robotic Camera System

I’ve been working on my Vive-tracking robotic cameras for just over a year now, and I’m falling over with excitement to announce that they’re now autonomous enough to have their own name:

Cinema Swarm

For the first public outing of the multi-camera system, we filmed 24 bands in 2 days.

To be in Brisbane’s best music venue, surrounded by hugely talented people, and have this crazy thing working, moving, tracking, and capturing footage exactly how I’d hoped it would when I first designed it inside my brain. That was a pretty special time. Continue reading Cinema Swarm – Autonomous Subject Tracking Robotic Camera System

Aerialicious – The Sparkly Taboo: Promo Edit

After filming some of Aerialicious’ wonderful variety performance at last year’s Wonderland Festival at Brisbane Powerhouse, I was asked to edit a promo for their entire show.

Combining footage from two other shooters with my own, we put together a 2-minute overview of their sparkly aerial burlesque extravaganza!

WAAX – Holy Sick: Music Video

I’ve loved working with WAAX as they thrash their way through the early years of their careers. After the robotic glitch explosion of Wisdom Teeth and the strange mirror-world of I For An Eye, we wanted to do something simple, visceral and effective for the launch of their Holy Sick EP and tour.

Hence, a live music video, recorded in a single, sweat-drenched take at their home ground of Black Bear Lodge in Fortitude Valley.

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Tim Shiel and Queensland Symphony Orchestra – Duet Live: Performance

Tim Shiel composed the award-winning soundtrack to mobile application Duet, a mesmerising, minimalist, and wonderfully difficult game.

Brisbane orchestral composer Ryan Walsh found himself thoroughly addicted to Duet and decided that he’d make things much worse by arranging the soundtrack for a 16 piece orchestra.

Tim asked if I’d be interested in putting together live visuals for the show. We met up in Melbourne, planned out the storyline of the set and how we’d translate the 2D, minimalist visuals of the game into something immersive.

Then I spent a couple of weeks building 3D versions of the game, and making those simple rotating Red/Blue balls into an epic journey through space, building weird mechanical cityscapes and crashing suns into planets.

For the show I did live visuals and also programmed lights via Ableton Live, creating a rather special, immersive 45 minute experience. It was performed for a rapt audience on 15th May, 2015. Here’s a 15-minute section from the middle of the show, with my visuals overlaid in some sections to get a proper feel for the animation style:

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Ball Park Music – Groovin The Moo Tour 2015: Live Show Visuals

I got together with Ball Park Music’s Sam Cromack to put together live visuals for their 2015 run of Groovin The Moo shows. Ranging from infinitely scrolling backdrops taken from album cover collages, to disembodied 3D scans of the band members’ heads shooting eye lasers.

Oh, and dancing models of the band with the then Australian Prime Minister, in speedos, up a pole. You’re welcome.

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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.

This clip won Gold in the Music Videos category at the Australian Cinematography Society’s 2013 Queensland awards. Continue reading Little Scout – March Over To Me: Music Video

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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Thalia Downbeat Set

This is a mixed set I put together for my Thalia VJ gigs, described in part here.
Download: jaymis – thalia downbeat set.mp3. 92MB 192kbit MP3. 67 minutes.
Tracklisting:

  • Air – La Femme D’argent
  • Jamiroquai – Didjital Vibrations
  • Mr Scruff – Midnight Feast
  • Musiq for Pleasure – Monkeyforest Road
  • Moby – Rushing
  • Zero 7 – Red dust
  • Mux – Northern lights
  • mum – Green grass of tunnel
  • St Germain – Land of…
  • Full Fathom Five – Perfect Landing
  • Nightmares on Wax – Les Nuit
  • Underworld – m.e.
  • Huff and Herb – Feelin Good (radio edit)
  • Musiq for Pleasure – Tongue Catching Lizard
  • Mylo – Valley of the Dolls
  • The Orb – Little Fluffy Clouds
  • Royksopp – Eple