While working at Legacy Effects, I had the opportunity to work on Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim. In addition to being a 3D modeler on the suits, I also was a “test pilot” for the Conn Pod. I wore one an early version of a stunt suit as they tested the range of motion and articulation of the hydraulics of the Conn Pod arms and foot pedals. It was sweaty and tiring being in the suit strapped to the machine, but it was nothing compared to what the actors had to endure during the grueling shoot!
Here I am donning an early pilot suit in PACIFIC RIM Behind The Scenes: The Conn Pod produced by Legacy Effects.
Here are some designs I did for the Snickers Godzilla commercial. Legacy Effects gave me a rough scan of the 1954 Godzilla toy and I ended up re-sculpting the whole thing. The sculpt was then milled out of foam, and then the effects gurus at Legacy turned it into a large suit.
Here are my designs:
Check out the commercial, it’s pretty funny.
I recently had the opportunity to do some animal character designs for the Beats Music Super Bowl commercial, starring Ellen DeGeneres. I was hired by Legacy Effects to create concepts for the Three Bears, the Big Bad Wolf, as well as a number of other animals.
The Bears went through a number of wardrobe changes. Initially, they were all going to be in pajamas, but I was then asked to try a few different options that would reflect the individual musical taste of the Three Bears.
Here are my designs:
Believe it or not, the frog made the cut early in the commercial. He’s on the far right hand side of the screen and you only see him for a split second.
I created the following character designs using Legacy Effects’ assets:
A few months back, I was hired by Legacy Effects to create a 3D model of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Communicator Watch for the Samsung Galaxy Gear: Evolution commercial. I had to delve into the MMPR archives to find reference of this watch.
I was recently asked to create a Halloween version of Legacy Effects’ logo for their blog and YouTube channel for the month of October. They wanted a hoard of zombies busting through their main logo, so that is what I gave them! You can check out the logos on the Legacy Effects Youtube Channel and the Legacy Effects Blog.
This past year I was tasked out by Legacy Effects to create Lebron James’ suit design for the Nike Superhero Elite Collection. We were asked to take visual cues from the shoes and create a whole suit. Lebron’s suit needed to look strong, powerful and angular, so I designed the suit to have a lot of sharp angles, and also to incorporate the carbonfiber elements from the shoe.
After my 2D concept was approved, I 3D modeled and rendered the the suit in Maya and composited it onto Lebron. Here is the final image:
Although it was never used in the marketing campaign, I was asked to create a full suit. Here is a render of the back of the suit:
I started the design process in photoshop. Here is my 2D illustration composited over Lebron:
Here are the some images from Nike’s Superhero Elite campaign also featuring Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant.
Here are some designs I did for the recent Orbit- Heights and Orbit- Polo commercials. I helped Legacy Effects design the Nachos, Salisbury Steak, and the Mashed Potato characters. The script changed a bit since I saw the storyboards, so the characters are doing different gestures in the designs than they are doing in the final commercials.
In November of 2012, I had the opportunity to design Legacy Effects’ 2012 Christmas card. Legacy requested a decorative, somewhat tribal snowflake design with “Legacy Effects 2012” integrated into the snowflake.
This is the last design I created while working at Legacy Effects. We went through a few variations as you can see below. In addition designing the hedgehog, I also sculpted the hands and feet in Zbrush. These were then 3D printed, molded, cast, painted and used for the final puppet.
A talented crew at Legacy built and puppeteered the character as seen in this video. (For some reason the volume is very low).
I had to the opportunity to design and 3D model the luge helmet and the luge nose for the Geico piggy street luge commercial. My 3D models were milled out of foam and used as vacuform bucks for the final pieces.
Here are a few makeup designs I did for two of the four cavemen in this gotmilk? commercial. We started with the photos of the actors and added hair and prosthetics using photoshop to get a sign-off from the ageacy.