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Driven International Commercial

This project was a really great experience for me in many ways, and it's one of the reasons I really enjoy my freelance work with Driven Inc. My contact there always gives me just enough direction to get me going while allowing me free reign to be creative as I'd like with the overall flow of the animations. This time around my primer was just the already completed voice over from a very professional sounding voice actor with a British accent. This was a dream come true for me. I've wanted to work with a professional voice over for quite some time, but so far I've mostly just worked from pre-written scripts for typographic animations and not much by way of voice over.

I immediately latched onto the idea of the digital globe from the first couple of lines by the voice actor. "The world has gotten small, very small..." The earth in space motif works great for a company like Driven that works with companies world wide on essentially data mining in relation to corporate law cases.

To start out I used a public domain map of the earth (at a crazy 8k size) and applied CC Sphere to make the globe. I then used the Grid effect on a light blue solid to create the longitude/latitude lines surrounding the earth and applied keylight to the oceans on the earth map to create the see-through planet effect. I figured this created a digital look that fit the copy which centers around data. I then used an AE camera for the zooms and other movements.

Overall I think the effect worked well as did my client. I'm currently working on a shorter version for marketing and wishing that I had a more powerful rig right now because this thing takes a very, very... very long time to render.


See the video here

TLC Massage Pet Therapy

This was certainly an interesting project. I had never thought I would make a video about Pet Massage, but I have to say I was very glad to have the opportunity! Valerie of TLC Massage was one of the most upbeat clients I've worked with, and her dogs were easily the most well behaved and talented I've seen. Valerie takes her dogs on the road participating in various events including agility and barn hunt(?). Agility is what you have probably seen in passing on TV with the Kennel Club competition where dogs jump over hurdles, through hoops and dash into tunnels.

I wasn't honestly quite sure how to approach this project, but I figured shooting it like an interview would work well so long as I kept the focus on the hand motions involved in the massages. The audio was a bit of a challenge to say the least. The indoor audio turned out great, but outdoors was another matter. This video was shot in late Fall, and in Illinois the bugs can get very, very noisy. I was able to scrub out some of the noise in Adobe Audition using various filters, but it's fairly easy to see where things didn't work so well.

Overall this was a great project to work on and I learned a lot more about the professional dog industry than I ever thought I would! If you're a dog owner and you want to truly pamper your dog, keep an eye out for my client's DVD. You can learn more about Valerie and even hire her to massage your dogs at