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 15/07/2014: Since writing this post, the on/off switch on my Kick has broken. The on/off button pushes back onto a tiny micro switch, but the minute rectangular piece of plastic (less than 1mm x 1.5mm) has snapped off. The whole unit is now unusable. and as of July 14, I have contacted Rift Labs to inquire about a repair, or a replacement. I am disappointed that a key part of the design has proved so slight and brittle. Here’s hoping that Rift respond with the same enthusiasm they approached the Kickstarter campaign.

Update 2: 15/07/2014: Rift are on the case! See comments below.

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!

ABC Breakfast News and ABC 7PM News

ABC Breakfast, which went live this morning, January 27, 2014 and features a pair of animated backdrops that I designed and prepared. The scene is a hybrid view combining architecture from Melbourne and Sydney and a large chunk of the Yarra River.

Prepared in parallel with the Breakfast backdrops was a version for the 7PM news bulletins from Melbourne. This is a more straightforward cityscape view of Melbourne.

Both projects utilise the work of local photographer, Ollie West, to which we applied extensive manipulation, including full sky and digital water replacements and the addition of animated elements including cars and lights.

These will be the first of a batch of designs that Lightwell are working on for ABC throughout the first quarter of 2014.

ABC Australia

New Set from ABC News Back Story on Vimeo.

ABC News, Australia have posted a behind-the-scenes video to Vimeo for the first of their new studios. I have designed and prepared the animated backdrop footage for the screens. They appear within this video, but older videos also appear.

The new sets go live on January 27, 2014.

More details to follow