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A music video, a live event, and an app with Glass Animals

Since July 2016, I’ve been busy working with the super talented English indie band, Glass Animals. My management, I AM SOUND, connected me with them after hearing that they were looking for someone to bring their latest single, “Season 2 Episode 3″ to life in form of a music video and an app. The ball instantly started rolling after our first call to go over details about the music video, which ended up leading to one of my favorite projects I’ve done so far.

Directing the music video was nuts! I brought in Advent Films to produce and co-direct the live-action side of things. I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better shoot. The set was filled with a plethora of talent working together to bring this piece to fruition. The final bits of the video was finalized when I was in Japan, where I was doing animation with my good friend, Myk, while he was in Ukraine.

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Bringing the Glass Animals’ album to life via Tumblr IRL was massive. Not only was the band playing, but the characters from the album were present to enjoy the arcade and bottomless jars of mayonnaise with fans. Afterwards, I partnered with GA to do a podcast for Vinyl Me, Please. Myk was there in spirit.

fullsizerenderThe Season 2 Episode 3 project came to an end with an app that’s available for iOS, Android, and your browser today. My first iOS app, Drizzy Tearz, took me 7 months to build, which I thought was pretty normal. Though I was restricted to a deadline, this app only took me a month and a half to develop and optimize for multiple platforms. The overall plan was to take the music video I directed for them and to make it into a music video game by using the same assets and style from the video. I’m stoked on the game! Yes, it still has some bugs, but that’s nothing an update can’t solve.

From the music video to the app, this project was a major team effort. Big thanks to Glass Animals, Harvest Records, Anh Do/IAS, Advent Films, and everyone else involved! If you want to see a behind-the-scenes look of the process and more info on who all was involved, feel free to jump over to my portfolio :].

UPDATE: Forbes wrote an amazing article on  the project. Check it out HERE :]!!

Last Project of 2013. First Project of 2014.

There’s nothing like wrapping the year and finishing your final projects. 2013 was swamped with projects from all directions. I was overwhelmed, stoked, and incredibly stressed out, but in the end, I was super grateful for all the opportunities. For me, my last project of 2013 was a pretty big deal.

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At the end of October I was approached by our producer at work about taking lead on a music video for Snoop Dogg’s(aka Snoop Lion) song “Get Away.” Snoop’s manager, Ted Chung, had expressed that he wanted me to fully direct a piece and that I would be free to do whatever I want. Though I was given creative freedom, it was hinted that he did want something in the style of a lyric video I did for Snoop at the end of 2012. Immediately I knew I had to bring in my good friend and awesome pixel artist, Myk, to help me out on this project since the theme of my treatment revolved around 90s video games.

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Due to time constraints and other projects I was working on, the music video had to compromise. Myk and I had to pull out a 3D scene to make the delivery date, we planned on Snoopifying the indie video game, “Fez.” Luckily, we  were able to make the deadline to send out to Machinima for them to post it onto their YouTube page.

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Last weekend I partnered up with my team over at RudeTOON Records to work on a music video for Marvel the Gr8‘s next single, “Sippin'”. We linked with William Carnahan for direction on the vid and Sam Shimizu-Jones for camera work. They brought over their team to help with production, I handled dumping the footage from the Scarlet since I will be editing the footage…

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img_0338 Our friend, Sean, who produced the song, was kind enough to let us shoot at his place in Los Feliz.

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img_0187 Our camera of choice was the RED Scarlet. We shot 2k for most of the shoot(and some 4k stuff here and there).

img_0210 When I wasn’t on set, I was on my laptop reviewing shots, backing up footage, and prepping the clips for the transcoding process. Losing our footage is the last thing we would want to happen.

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img_0240 We had the RudeTOON cat, Mini Kitty aka Taco aka Gracie, on set with us as well!!!

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img_0260 The shoot went incredibly well. Our team was on point!

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img_0419 Our cast was awesome too!

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img_0482 It was great working with all our friends on this one. Usually I’m stuck in the office working on projects, so I forget how much fun it is to work with your good buddies on set. It was super fun times, thanks to everyone for their hard work!!!