For a while now I have been working with artist Unus Safardiar creating CGI visualisations for giant kinetic sculptures … and, working with fellow Blender user Peter Applerock, we created what turned out to be an incredibly complex artwork to be undertaken by such a small team :
A video artwork to be displayed on a 20m x 4m screen seamlessly looping with no cuts, multiple moving parts, close integration of CGI elements with human actors, morphs between actors, and complex mechanical rigs.
While the neck and head morph was done in After Effects, the greenscreening and compositing of the helm was done in Blender, which allowed for 3D elements to appear both infront and
behind the actors, and the light of the flames to reflect on the actor’s head.
We are planning to show the final video alongside some of Unus’s giant kinetic sculptures on number of galleries in Russia, England and Germany (and perhaps more) in 2019 including
The Federation Tower, Moscow (the tallest building in Europe) and The Saatchi Gallery, London.
Scrapyard Beach Robot Uprising
Design and animation by Mike Futcher yogyog.org
Live-action video by Dan Hart
Robot built using components from Custom KL2 Diesel tractor by Betasector https://www.blendswap.com/blends/view/50414
Intro for HUSHH TV + commercial brake bumpers
Animation by Studio YogYog
Short film and accompanying interviews created from Sheffield Festival of the Mind
To quote the festival’s press:
“Mike Futcher and Mark Gwynne Jones’s short film is a gothic thriller about a man who thinks the voices in his head are coming from his teeth. His quest to extract them (eek!) leads to a shocking revelation.
Based on Gwynne Jones’s narrative poem, the film mixes live action and animation to brilliantly unsettling effect. A rare exponent of dentistry noir, it asks the big question: what is behind consciousness?
In the accompanying documentary, The Making of 13 Teeth, Sheffield academics talk us through some of the film’s most striking images, including skeletons, nerves and teeth.
The film is unsuitable for young children.”
Ol Man Jonny
Featuring guest star Vin ‘Trommie’ Gordon
Joe ’90’ Wood, Chelly ‘Ol’ Man’ Bee, Dave ‘Ol’ Man’ Fullwood, Errol ‘Ol’ Man’ Brown
Animation by Yogyog.org
Produced by Lightengine Films
Charactor Design: Zaneta
Horse model by Bigmouse
Basemesh by BenSimonds
“Armagideon Time” was originally released by Willi Williams in 1978. It was famously covered by The Clash in 1979.
A hardcore version of the nature spirit Jack Frost, plus a breakdown of the processes that made it.
Do you wish you could take EVERYTHING on holiday?
Animated music video for Armoured Theory depicting Wild Bill Hickok’s last card game – inspired by The Seventh Seal.
Broken Commercials deformed proto-adverts found scavenging for publicity in the ventilation system of the marketing agency in which they was conceived. Broken Commercials often contain themes of self-mutilation.
Here are three.
A wildman morns the loss of his cat, and follows a light across the moors. Poem and voice Mark Gwynne Jones
Post Apocalyptic string-and-bone puppetry and digital effects to the poetry and voice of Mark Gwynne Jones.
A steampunk Spiderdevice and a rude awakening.
Poem, performance, animation and temptation.
Death, in hoody incarnation, is underpaid for applying wax to a car – and has his fantastic revenge!