Friday, February 25, 2011

Every Adventure has a Starting Point

I recently found this matte painting backdrop I did for RailRoads!  This is the portion I designed with a lot of room for text that needed to be displayed in the opening menu.  A quiet train stop just before you begin your big adventure.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Rail Roads Animatic

Dennis Moellers and I made this for the Firaxis Games title Sid Meier's RailRoads!  The final movie was outsourced to a game cinematics company.  An original musical score was also produced to replace the placeholder music used in this animatic.  This piece served as guide, and direction for what we had imagined the final movie to be.

Justin Thomas Co-Wrote the story, and played the Main Character in all shots.  Justin was responsible for shot #'s 24-30, 32, 33, 35, 37, 39, and the backgrounds for shot 42.

Dennis Moellers Co-Wrote the story, and was responsible for all other shots, and final post production work using Adobe Premiere Pro.

Together, the piece was a success and is still fun to watch.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Posing Baron Characters

Of all the work I did on Baron Leaders for Sid Meier's RailRoads! these are my favorites.  I began this project as a modeler, but got drafted to pose a huge amount of these guys with the animators.  It was a major crunch because of the short development cycle.  This work was done right before I joined the animation team on Civilziation Revolution.  Very fun, and my first dive into creating emotive character work.  I had a lot of fun figuring out ways to utilize the hands as tools to help communicate whether the characters were happy, sad, angry, aloof, etc.