UTOPIA 360 ELITE EDITION

Retrak's showcase spot for their VR Headset: Utopia 360 Elite Edition. Working as part of the team as one of the lead artists at Already Been Chewed I was tasked with designing and animating scene environments, set-pieces, and CG compositng — from look-development styleframes to final animations. 

Studio: Already Been Chewed
Creative Director: Barton Damer
Producer: Christa Stewart
3d Modeling: Thomas King, Bryan Talkish, Mark Wilson
Animation: Bryan Talkish, Mark Wilson, Thomas King, Barton Damer
Sound Design: J.M. Cifone
Some snippets from the full spot.
A quick edit of some BTS footage, previews, tests, and compositing.
Foxwell
A super-short made in my spare time. Visuals, animation, design. Sound Design by JM Cifonie.
The Droids : Nixon x Star Wars
Two Spots I worked on at Already Been Chewed for Nixon’s release of the Star Wars Light Side watch set C3PO and R2D2. Collaborating with Nixon and Star Wars / LucasFilm, we developed the iconic droids into watch form with C3PO dismembered into pieces and R2D2 assisting within an X-Wing. My role involved leading the C3PO spot and animating shots 2 and 4 on R2D2, along with other various tasks. Sound Design by JM Cifonie.
Bot Sledder
A super-short side project revolving around miniature astronauts, mechanical devices, and face-plants; elements coexisting together in an unlikely setting. Sound Design by JM Cifonie.
AsDroid
A space chase. The little guy. The underdog doing the unexpected. An animation created in my spare time that was inspired by stark throwback arcade games and graphic novels. Sound Design by JM Cifonie. Thanks for watching!
Mavericks : Cracking Shots
A quick series of shots developed for the Mavericks in-game hype video revolving around stone fractures. They were used throughout the edited timeline. My role involved initial styleboards, set-up, and animation of the splitting, crumbling, and cracking shots used in the project, along with other various tasks. Concept / Design / Direction Already Been Chewed Client Dallas Mavericks
Abyss Vaulter
An animated super short inspired by retro sci-fi classics revolving around high-tech cars, dark, amorphous atmospheres, and 80's themed visuals in the realm of Knight Rider. The sound design was tackled by JM Cifonie.
Jigsaw Hyper Boots
Another spare-time super-short about sprinting magnetic jigsaw hyper boots. Sound Design by JM Cifonie. Music Track: Spitfire by Porter Robinson.
BB8 Nixon x Starwars
Animation of the BB8 Nixon x Starwars collaboration created at Already Been Chewed. Working as part of the in-house team as Lead Motion Designer, we designed and animated this spot to take on the characteristics of the beloved droid from the Star Wars universe. My role involved designing the BB8 device, styleboards, and animating the interior ship shots. Concept / Design / Direction Already Been Chewed Client Nixon / Lucasfilms Audio JM Cifonie
Hull Breach
I decided to do a sci-fi horror themed animation for this year's Halloween, and several sketches and concepts later (most of which found their way hurling towards the trashcan), I landed on something that was organic in nature.
Cloud Dancer
A brief project exploring volumetric VDB clouds, simulations, composition, and skyward visuals through a ride on a living sky glider. Animation / Design
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