The Graphic Moving Portfolio of Joseph Towey 2014

I’m not usually one for posting videos, but hot damn this was a lot of work. This is a general sampling from jobs I’ve done in the last year. Watching this for me is just a rush of memories.

 

While for the most part I only selected things that could fit in smoothly, there is one spot where the music stops and there’s a little segment of two icons talking. Though it breaks the flow, I really wanted to include that because that job took just over 250 hours on its own. All the speaking bits were animated with facial motion tracking and tons of key frames. For doing the motion tracking, I ended up over at my parents house at 10pm lip syncing the commercial several times in front of a camera. Even just getting that job, I had found a neat AE expression for attaching puppet pins to nulls about half an hour before I got word of it. When my intermediary client came through the door, and asked if I could make animated talking icons, I had just thing I wanted to try! That job also had about a million rounds of changes and change backs.

For me, most of the brief clips in that video have stories, ideas, trials, and solutions attached to them. Some funny, some arduous, some otherwise. This is the first time that I’ve cut together an actual reel, (I’ve made just graphic demos for clients in the past) and it’s certainly strange to see a year summed up into just over three minutes.

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The Campthing

Here are a few more from camping. (Click the images to see them larger) This was right as we were leaving. I got my camera set up right as we were about to leave to do a quick time-lapse of our camping spot. About three pictures into that, this thing appeared. I stopped the water from moving to focus the attention on the mirrored thing.

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Soon as a few of the wide shots snapped the glow above the object disappeared. A couple of minutes after it disappeared I got closer to get a few close-up shots. This is about as close to a selfie I’ll ever take. You can see my shadow in the reflection of the mirrored thing.

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In this one I was managed to catch the final camp chair and bags to be put away and the other two campers. After this, last time-lapse we took one of the last loads of stuff up to the car. By the time we got back from the car, the object was gone.

 

 

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More experiments with reflections, AE, and C4d.

 

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Smoke in the Vineyard

Last week I made my way to Eastern Washington to shoot some wine tasting notes. There was a general haze about everywhere we went. While looking for our next shot in a vineyard near Mattawa, another one of these orbs appeared. This was the only one I saw during the couple days over there, but it was reminiscent of the fires that were burning just over the horizon.

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Click to view it larger

 

Here’s another look at the haze that was hanging over the landscape.

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(This was the first time that I’ve experimented with pyrocluster in Cinema 4d. It’s a little more difficult to control the size over lifetime than I anticipated, but that will leave something new for next time!)

 

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Floating Oddity

I went camping with a couple friends last weekend. There were strange things floating all over. To the eye they looked like they were barely there if at all. Once you get them on camera and run the images through some treatments (see photoshop, after effects, & cinema 4d) these little strange things begin to take much stronger shape. I’ve only had the time to fully work up this one image so far, but more will follow.

Click the image to view it larger. May take a moment to load

Click the image to view it larger. May take a moment to load

This was pretty much just an excuse to practice building 3d environment maps from 360 panoramas.

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Super Cereal

A short time back I got to spend a night with my dream. Lens. It was a quite unexpected engagement, but that made it all the more exciting. Even though it will be quite awhile before you’re in my arms again, I’ll always love you, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 macro lens. We met while working on a job. The job ended up running quite late so it was asked if the lens could just spend the night at my house, then I could run it back to its rental house in the morning.

We got back to my place around 10:30. Having so little time to plan our night I was left with only what was at hand. So, like any other normal person would, I set up lights in the bathroom and hit the cupboards!

 

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Naturally, the back of the toilet is the easiest place to set up and shoot object photos. The bathroom is nice and bright and easy to bounce lots of light. The first thing I saw in the cupboards were all the various cereals that had somehow amassed there. I don’t know how it got there, but it was exactly what I was looking for.IMG_2750Finished

Familiar enough that just about anyone can recognize it at a glance.

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But strange enough close up to look alien.

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Though other times, they look exactly like we expect them too.IMG_2755Finished_1

Which is still weird looking.

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Well, it was the start of a good night, but the rest will have to wait. One thing I know for sure though, the next time 100mm macro comes over, I’m going to ask if ring flash can come too.

 

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Good Grown Morning

This is just tooling about with some fun settings in C4d. I’ll have lot’s of new content soon. Just have to get through April (one of the busiest months of my life.)

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Where Wine Goes to Age

Last week I was shooting working on some interviews for a winery. When we were done, I had a chance to pull out my camera for a couple minutes.

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The room containing all the wine aging in various barrels looked to be near the size of a football field.  Through much of the room, the barrels were stacked almost to the ceiling.

IMG_2671FinishThe barrels all had stains that told of all the times that they’ve been tasted, sampled, and changed.

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Toilet Playtime

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Sometimes it’s good to switch things up a little. So today I wanted to see what I could shoot on the back of the toilet. So here is todays toilet toilet play time.

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This fellow has been living on the back of the toilet longer than I’ve lived here. After so long, it only seems natural that it would be here to introduce it’s tank.

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Everything was shot all in one spot, most everything involved is a vase of water, some tea bags, and some chia seeds. And this is the result.

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Camera, Tripod, Intervalometer, and lit with the bathroom heat lamp. Post was in Bridge, After Effects, and Photoshop.
Nothing like making the most of a little!

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Dinorama Retouched

This is a really old photo from college that I just fiddled with the post on a little bit. This was part of a project that I had a lot of fun with, and still is one of my favorite photos that I’ve take. Though I think thats more for the everything that was involved with taking it than the photo itself.

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This is what sentimental looks like.

The clouds were one of my favorite parts. I made them with my dad by lighting a bit of newspaper on fire, waving it about to make smoke, then quickly snapping the photo.

Still early on

Still early on

I don’t remember exactly how long the whole thing took to build, but judging by the photos of putting it together, it was at least most of a day. This was far from the only miniature I found an excuse to build, but it is one of the only ones that I can still find photos from. </End sentimental post>

 

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The End of an Infographic

This is from a project that I was working on a couple weeks ago that got canned  midway through. Although the actual project will never see the light of day, I’m still fond of the icons that I build for it and want them to at least get a flashlight on them. If I find enough time, I may even finish it on my own time.

I was instructed to make a DRTV info graphic. I was given a little quick breakdown of how the market worked, then I was set free to more or less do as I pleased with it.

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These were the core icons that I came up with. The colors used are the company’s logo color. Making icons and small simple illustrations is one of my favorite things to do. In part because I find it immensely enjoyable to add in details that no one will ever catch.

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Said Details

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Even just the process of building and working through to figure out which solution will work the best is enjoyable. One of my favorite things with the projects, is after it’s complete, go back and look at all the things that didn’t work.

Such as other patterns that were getting worked up for the globes

Such as other patterns that were getting worked up for the globes

Unfortunately this project didn’t make it to much further that this stage. I had only started laying out the graphic for a rough proof of concept when I got the call that that project wasn’t going to go through to completion till there was more purpose for it. Here’s the little bit that I did on the layout before moving onto the next thing.  Click through to view the full size.

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