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How does CGI work? by James Whitaker

People often ask me how does CGI work, or how do I create my images and I've always felt like I wasn't giving a particularly good answer so I've made this short video as an introduction for the uninitiated.

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Brass Reading Light by James Whitaker

I made this model just before Christmas for an image I was working on and then revisited it last week to get it ready for selling online. While getting it ready for sale I made this little film of it which I find oddly enjoyable and hypnotic if watched on repeat. So here it is for your enjoyment too!

Brass Reading Light 3D model

Brass Reading Light 3D model

You can purchase the model on turbosquid

Hechingen Film by James Whitaker

I'm delighted to present a short film that I've been working on recently - Hechingen Studio

Hope you enjoy it!

Someone once said to me that if you are going to make a jeans company concentrate on making a really good pair of jeans before you start selling t-shirts. I thought it was pretty good advice so I've been concentrating on stills up to now, making sure that they are as seductive and polished as can be. However when I was an undergraduate at uni I was a bit of a geek and used to teach animation on the post-graduate course. A couple of years ago I made a short film for fun with my brother and a bunch of friends and it went on to win a film festival in Canada. So we know a bit about making nice films. We approached this film in the same fashion as we would approach a live footage piece, working up a storyboard and then animatic, before editing and fine-tuning the shots, then we worked up the animation to what you see above.

For the geeky amongst you all animation and modelling was done in 3DS Max, rendering with VRay and post-production in Adobe. Rebus Farm was used to outsource some of the number crunching and the music was found on Musicbed. If you'd like to know any more feel free to ask in the comments section below.

You can read more about the building in this article on Dezeen.

Winner of best film at Shorts non stop by James Whitaker

I’ve just heard that Snapshot has won a short film competition in Canada - ShortsNonStop!

Some terrific news after everyone’s hard work!

For those of you who don’t know, Snapshot was my first short film which I made last year with a group of friends. It was written by my brother Thom and his creative partner Danielle, the set was built by my friend Jamie Hind at Cloud and Horse and the sound was edited together by the great people at Jungle Studios.

“We follow the journey of two couples as they get a snapshot that’ll last forever.”

Portobello Film Festival 2010, ShortsNonStop 2010, London Short Film Festival 2011

Snapshot starred Stephanie Wilson, Richard Mason, Becca Laidler and Chris Luca

Music by Dan Neale

Sound recorded by Dominic Humphrey

Sound edited by Dominic Dew

Set Constructed by Jamie Hind

Location managed by Michael Eichler

Screenplay by Thom Whitaker and Danielle Noel

Produced by James Whitaker, Thom Whitaker, Danielle Noel and Dominic Humphrey

Directed by James Whitaker

Snapshot by James Whitaker

We follow the journey of two couples as they get a snapshot that’ll last forever.

Last month I made my first ever film - Snapshot. I’ve been wanting to make a film for ages and the Virgin Media Shorts competition provided the perfect excuse. I started work on the film back in April with my brother Thom and friend Dominic Humphrey and after a month of bouncing around ideas Thom and his creative partner Danielle produced a script that made us all smile.

As well as being a small film, we only had a small budget as well so actors and actresses were auditioned with the promise that those picked would get some headshots in exchange for their time and help.   With Chris, Becca, Richard and Stephanie all on board I was able to turn to my friend Jamie Hind at Cloud and Horse for some assistance building our photo booth. Finally, a few more friends were recruited to give a hand at the actual shoot.

Snapshot stared Stephanie Wilson, Richard Mason, Becca Laidler and Chris Luca

Music by Dan Neale

Sound recorded by Dominic Humphrey

Sound edited by Dominic Dew

Set Constructed by Jamie Hind

Location managed by Michael Eichler

Screenplay by Thom Whitaker and Danielle Noel

Produced by James Whitaker, Thom Whitaker, Daniell Noel and Dominic Humphrey

Directed by James Whitaker

Special thanks go to:

Metro for furnishing us with a paper stand and papers.

David and Wendy Hall for letting us take over their front garden for the shoot.

City of London for allowing us to film outside on the street.

London Underground.

David Eland for lending us a generator, and then when the generator didn’t work The Bishop’s Finger for providing us with a main’s socket.

Jungle Studios for their assistance with the sound.

All that’s left to do now is start on the next film…

by James Whitaker

Just discovered this photo from behind the scenes at the Snapshot shoot… 

 As you can see, it was a fairly inclusive affair with the actors taking it in turns to hold the mic for us.   I will write a little technical post sometime soon for anyone interested in what was involved. 

 And thank you to everyone involved, it couldn’t have ever happened without all your help!   See you all at the screening.

Just discovered this photo from behind the scenes at the Snapshot shoot…

As you can see, it was a fairly inclusive affair with the actors taking it in turns to hold the mic for us.   I will write a little technical post sometime soon for anyone interested in what was involved.

And thank you to everyone involved, it couldn’t have ever happened without all your help!   See you all at the screening.

Moby Gratis by James Whitaker

Just discovered this and wanted to share.

Moby is offering music for free to indi, non-profit film makers.   What a nice guy :-)

hi,
i’ll keep this brief.
this portion of moby.com, ‘film music’, is for independent and non-profit filmmakers, film students, and anyone in need of free music for their independent, non-profit film, video, or short.
to use the site you log in(or on?) and are then given a password.
you can then listen to the available music and download whatever you want to use in your film or video or short.
the music is free as long as it’s being used in a non-commercial or non-profit film, video, or short.
if you want to use it in a commercial film or short then you can apply for an easy license, with any money that’s generated being given to the humane society.
i hope that you find what you’re looking for,
moby

by James Whitaker

Canon’s firmware update 2.0.3 for the 5D MkII is now available for download.

The changes are,

  1. Adds or changes the following movie frame rates.
    • 1920×1080 : 30 fps (changed - actual 29.97 fps)
    • 1920×1080 : 24 fps (added - actual 23.976 fps)
    • 640×480 : 30 fps (changed - actual 29.97 fps)
    • 1920×1080 : 25 fps (added - actual 25.0 fps)
    • 1920×1080 : 24 fps (added - actual 23.976 fps)
    • 640×480 : 25 fps (added - actual 25.0 fps)


  2. NTSC: PAL:
  3. Adds a function for manually adjusting the sound recording level (64 levels).
  4. Adds a histogram display (brightness or RGB) for shooting movies in manual exposure.
  5. Adds shutter-priority AE mode (Tv) and aperture-priority AE (Av) mode to the exposure modes for shooting movies.
  6. Changes the audio sampling frequency from 44.1 KHz to 48 KHz.
  7. Fixes a phenomenon where communication between the camera and the attached lens is sometimes interrupted after manual sensor cleaning. (This phenomenon only affects units with Firmware Version 1.2.4.)

Once I’ve had chance to test it I will report back.

by James Whitaker

The first-ever film version of Lewis Carroll’s tale has recently been restored by the BFI National Archive from severely damaged materials. Made just 37 years after Lewis Carroll wrote his novel and eight years after the birth of cinema, the adaptation was directed by Cecil Hepworth and Percy Stow, and was based on Sir John Tenniel’s original illustrations. In an act that was to echo more than 100 years later, Hepworth cast his wife as the Red Queen, and he himself appears as the Frog Footman. Even the Cheshire cat is played by a family pet.

With a running time of just 12 minutes (8 of which survive), Alice in Wonderland was the longest film produced in England at that time. Film archivists have been able to restore the film’s original colours for the first time in over 100 years.