A few years back I was asked to help design Pakshi, the villain in the film 2.0 directed by S. Shankar, starring Rajinikanth. Since the film’s release it has been heralded as the sixth highest grossing Indian film worldwide, and “the most technically advanced 3D film ever made in the history of Indian Cinema”.
Here are some of the preliminary designs I came up with for Pakshi:
I had an opportunity to help design some characters for Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, based not he R.L. Stein books. This was a super fun project to be involved in, as we got to develop some classic Halloween characters. It was a challenge making sure they weren’t too scary for the kids!
In the film the Halloween masks come to life, so below are the mask designs next to the character they turn into, as well as some pumpkins that come to life.
Last year, I had the great privilege to work on the Marvel series, Runaways. Legacy Effects was tasked out to build the raptor, Old Lace, so they contacted me to help out on the design and sculpt of the creature. The Marvel team came up with a great 2D design, so I digitally sculpted the dino, and created 3D renderings for the production team to visualize Old Lace in 3D space.
Legacy Effects took my 3D sculpt and had it milled out of foam. They then built a full scale raptor puppet that you see in the show.
It was a blast to work with the same crew that created the animatronic dinos for the original Jurassic Park films.
I had the opportunity to help design Evelyn and a few other robots for the Sprint Super Bowl 2018 commercial: Evelyn. We went through a few rounds of Evelyn’s features. She needed to have an indifferent expression, with a subtle air of superiority, yet she couldn’t look mean.
I actually had the most fun designing the little robot who says, “You got a dumb face!”
Here’s a funny Farmers Ins. commercial I worked on a while ago. I designed the flaming mascot. I found this ad concept so flippin’ hilarious. The cocky mascot doing his mascot-thing in the car with his silly-ass fireball head, meanwhile the car is on fire… Hahahaha. Anyways, I had fun with this one.
XFINITY Home came out with a horror short, The Neighborhood, this past Halloween. Its a fun, spooky concept, and I had a chance to help design the mysterious hood, as well as the “ghouls” that flash in some of the scenes.
Timed with Halloween, “THE NEIGHBORHOOD,” is set in an ordinary neighborhood where extraordinary things are happening. The XFINITY Home system and cameras play a pivotal role in linking the story together, creating an edge-of-your-seat product demo like nothing seen before.
This is a fish I designed for the Snapple- Carp Diem commercial that aired a while back. I explored a couple types of fish, but the director and agency decided on a wide-eyed, bewildered looking fish, which was definitely funnier. I digitally sculpted this fish, so Legacy Effects 3D printed my design and turned it into the puppet for the spot.
A while back I had the chance to help design the “RAPs” or “Hosts” from the USA tv series, Colony. I was never clued into what these things are, so I cranked out some various designs; some were more organic, some more “space suit” based. This design resonated with the production team, and they went for it. I was surprised how quickly the design process went, and before I know it, Legacy Effects was requesting the 3D files for print.
Once in a while I get to work on a project that has the potential to make a positive impact in our society. I was asked to design the (big, bad) wolf and pigs for the anti-smoking commercial, Straw City for The Real Cost campaign.
The spot is riffing off of the Three Little Pigs fairy tale, where the wolf, who is a chain smoker, can’t muster the lung power to even blow over a straw building. The direction for the wolf was to make him look sickly and gross, with ill-fitting, tattered clothes and big, worn-out boots- a real sketchy looking son-of-a-gun.
Here are a few of the pigs going about their business:
Since October, the YouTube video has had over 1.9 million views, so I can only hope the message is having some effect.
Here are some characters I designed and sculpted in ZBrush for a recent Geico commercial, Cuckoo Clock: Take a Closer Look. Legacy Effects 3D printed these guys and turned them into puppets for the clock.
This was a fun challenge. My initial pass was a bit too smooth and detailed. The director wanted these to be more crude and vintage looking, so I took down the details and sculpted them to appear as though they were hand-carved out of wood.