Virtual Set Designs for MUTV

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Above is the wide shot from the Thursday Focus show, broadcast on Manchester United’s MUTV channel. This set, is one of a group of virtual set designs I have been preparing for the channel. The show is broadcast from a new greenscreen studio, and utilises the Newtek Tricaster system.

Time permitting, I’ll add more details for this project to the portfolio section in the coming weeks.

Sky Sports News HQ – Animated LED wall and lightboxes

Screen grabs of one of my latests projects, a set of animated, and still backdrops for Sky Sports News HQ, which relaunched with a new set on August 12th. The scene is based on designs initially prepared by Jago Design (formerly BDA) and portrays a much more open architecture than my previous design from 2011.

The architectural details and lighting within the scene are a direct continuation of the designs for the physical studio and newsroom spaces.

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Met Office Virtual Sets

I am currently working on the design and production of a batch of virtual sets for the Met Office. The Met Office, based in Exeter, have their own studio facilities equipped with the Newtek Tricaster. The pre-packaged sets that come with the Tricaster are poor and overly generic, so the Met Office approached Lightwell to deliver a superior quality, bespoke solution. The final versions of these sets are due to go live later this summer, but The Met Office were so pleased with some of the original concepts I produced, that they have already began using these in some of their online webcasts (see above).

The final versions of these virtual sets will feature a fully resolved design and be of higher resolution and finished to a greater level of accuracy and detail.

Kick Diffuser for Rift Labs Kick Light

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The fantastic little Kick Light, an iPhone sized LED photography and video light unit, controlled by an app installed on your iPhone will soon have a diffuser attachment.

No prices or launch dates for the Kick Diffuser have been released yet, but Rift Labs have posted a “teaser” page on their website.

Anybody that has had a chance to play with one of these great little devices will understand that this is exciting news!

Update August 5th, 2014 – After a brief interlude pending a repair on a Kickstarter stage component (see comments below) I now have my Kick light and a Kick Diffuser.  As soon as schedules permit, I’ll be looking to add a review and some test shots. Thanks to Morten at Rift!

Digital Backdrops for ABC News

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Possibly the toughest project yet, in terms of deadlines and work required, but I’ve just delivered the 18th digital backdrop in four months, to ABC News in Australia. Animated loops were prepared for the eight regional capitals, six of these in summer and winter variants. Two loops were prepared for the Breakfast show, broadcast from Melbourne, and two loops were prepared for the News 24 studios based in Sydney.

News 24 is a wholly CG newsroom, whereas all the other projects combine CG and photography sourced from local photographers (I will be sure to add extended credits for all the photographer as I add these projects to the portfolio)

A great client, even more so because they have ordered additional backdrops for some their other news bulletins.

All You Need is Kill

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Edge of Tomorrow” is a pretty disappointing title for a story that is basically Groundhog Day combined with a war against nano-bot aliens. “Live. Die. Repeat” would have been far better, but I suspect the focus groups and committees got to it first. Nevertheless, its a film I would like to see, and hope that it lives up to the promise of the book.

Incidentally, the book on which the film is based is “All You Need is Kill” by Hiroshi Sakurazaka and I heartily recommend that you try and read it before June 6, as it’s rather good!