The 2015 Reel!

This past year in a nut shell.
I’ve been extremely fortunate this past year to work on a ton of awesome projects. I was able to wake up excited for what I was doing more often than ever before, which honestly just makes me more excited for what the future holds. I was able to make new friends, work in some very cool offices, learned a couple good lessons on how to avoid all nighters, pulled at least a dozen all nighters, I got to see my graphics across screens the size of a football field, watched a least 100 hours of tutorials, had several things on the telly, and still had time for biking, hiking, reading, and video games.
Now I pour one out for the past year and raise a glass to the next!
…shit… don’t pour glasses out at your computer desk

Adding New Things

150225 linesOne of my favorite activities is to go back and see what I can add to old photos. Sometimes to try to make them work better, others just for the sake of the action of adding something. This definitely falls into the later category.

 

I also spend a lot of time toying around an experimenting with ideas. 99% of These never get finished and remain hidden little bits of practice. They’re one of my favorite things though. It’s a good mental reset to space out and see what your hands can make. Star Single for Online Star's big for online

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.

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.

What a Twist – Cinemagraph

Went back and experimented with a photograph. Building ideas for how this could be put to better use in the near future!

The photo is from the lake across the street a few days ago.
The photo is from the lake across the street a few days ago.

I want to work with these a LOT more. Very very easy, and very fun to make. From the start of post to the exporting of the .gif this took maybe 15-20 minutes.

Over the River and Through the Woods

On Christmas Eve I joined up with my folks and we went out to visit my grandparents in the small town of Morton. Buy the time we got there I had been up for a little over 24 hours so I spend the day doing a mix of taking photos, doing the family thing, and napping.

Looking off their back porch there's I nice view of the river.
Looking off their back porch there’s I nice view of the river. Also, you can see the rain falling in this.

Unfortunately, I later found out that I was tired enough that I was rather soft on the focus, but still managed a few things alright.

There was just about ten minutes that there was some lovely thunder cloud light.
There was just about ten minutes that there was some lovely thunder cloud light.
And finally, the view from the room where I took a nap.
And finally, the view from the room where I took a nap.

Hopefully everyone had a good holiday season!

Free Time in a Fire House

A couple of weeks ago I was working on a job doing fireman training videos in a fire house. About half way through the day we had about a half hour to kill between shots because we got ahead of schedule and the talent for the next set hadn’t shown’t up yet. So this left me with free roam with my still camera in the station for a little while, and here’s what I got!

The light from the rolling doors provided some nice directional light
The light from the rolling doors provided some nice directional light

With hot hits and soft fills the large windows made for ideal conditions as I skittered about.

The ever popular establishing shot that follows the hook shot.
The ever popular establishing shot that follows the hook shot.

Although it may not look like it, it was definitely pouring rain outside. Also, for those who aren’t familiar with fire houses or haven’t had the chance to badger firemen with questions, that pipe that runs up the center of the shot connects the truck exhaust into a ventilation system so that they can run the engines inside without becoming in fumigated . It sit’s on a slide track so it doesn’t have to be manually removed when the truck heads out, it just pops of at the pressure of the truck pulling out.

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Even in the bay the large red engine had remnants from its last trip out
Even in the bay the large red engine had remnants from its last trip out

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There was an old style fire truck in the bay beside the first one as well. Awesome chrome reflections
There was an old style fire truck in the bay beside the first one as well. All the curves made for some awesome reflections

The Abandoned Barn

Finally found motivation and time to edit some of these pictures! So here goes. I had another rainy day off so I went to shoot photos at an old barn that I had made note of a couple weeks ago. There were a lot of neat details laying around, but the whole place was grown over very thick with blackberry stickers.

This was in the center of the barn
This was in the center of the barn

Since I shot the photos I’ve been able to ask around and find out why the old barn still stands. Up until about ten years ago it was part of a large buffalo farm. I don’t know if the farm was faltering or if there was just enough money offered, but WallMart bought all of the land with the intention of building a new store there.

And then? Nothing.

Experimenting with adding cool to a weak establishing shot.
Experimenting with adding cool to a weak establishing shot.

No one seemed to know why a WallMart was never built here. But it seemed most everyone was happy it hadn’t been. So now ten years later all that is left is the overgrown farm and the memories it holds.

And clearly some memories have been made and lost here
And clearly some memories have been made and lost here

While by no means covered in beer cans and bottles, many of the larger bushes would show off troves of hoarded glass and tin if you peaked beneath their leafy exteriors.

The skeletons of mattresses rose from sections of ground like coiled plants in places
The skeletons of mattresses rose from sections of ground like coiled plants in places

The small sticker bush tunnel to the barn proper once had a soft floor of mattresses. Now barely remaining are their coils, almost invisible until you step on the rusty springs.

This was a room at one point
This was a room at one point

You can still see all of the tin roofing on the ground. One of two small rooms off the back of the barn that looked like they had once been canning rooms. The only evidence this being some left over shelves and some broken mason jars. This room still most of three walls even long after a tree broke though the roof on its trek for sunlight.

The garage was dark and dirty. A mix of red cups, tires, dirt, and paint cans.
The garage was dark and dirty. A mix of red cups, tires, dirt, and paint cans.
Near the garage a section of  tow chair and an ice scraper found their new home
Near the garage a section of tow chair and an ice scraper found their new home
A long since broken window faced the way I had come from and was heading back too.
A long since broken window faced the way I had come from and was heading back too.

I really enjoy these old places. I feel like they often have more life and stories than the places where people still reside.  You just need to look for them. Like a detective, but without the snub nose revolver and the goons on your tail.

I’m already sitting on photos from a couple other houses. I have more marked out to shoot too. I occasionally just drive around looking for places, but more often then not, I hear about them through the grapevine. More soon! Thanks for reading all the hubbub or at least quickly scrolling to the bottom!