Author Archives for xandad

About xandad

I have been doing computer animation since 1979.

Terri and Elyse @ Los Angeles Zoo

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Histeria

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    This was a fun spot that I worked on for the show Histeria. Maya had just introduced “Hard and Soft Body Dynamics”. I wanted to explore how that collision detect and the physics worked. So I wrote this piece, and did all the animation and composting. The School Desk model in the open...

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Tribute to Los Angeles Fire Department

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A few years back I put together this tribute to the LAFD- to thank them for all their hard work. The music is Scarborough Fair as performed by me and the kids on Mountain Dulcimer.

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Vancouver to Seattle in 3 Minutes

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Took a trip a few years back to Vancouver for Siggraph. I shot this time-lapse video on a GoPro stuck to the window of the train- I believe this was shot 1 pic every 5 seconds. I’ll need to check that though.

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The Bus Stops Here.

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This is a video I shot with my buddy, John, back in 1988. But… before I could finish it I ended up moving to Los Angeles. Once in LA, without a facility to edit in- the footage sat in a box for about 17 years. In that time – the technology grew up and I...

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Static Shaq!

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Norman Rockwell

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One of my favorite Kids WB spots EVER! This is circa 1998. I created all the backgrounds for this spot out of images I was able to scrounge from other shows. I painted a ton of images to produce all the various angles needed. Along with all the compositing – It was me and a...

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Elyse’s Father’s Day Video

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Demo Reel 2008

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Valencia Vikings Marching Band and Color Guard 2013 Montage

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  This is by far my favorite montage! For those who don’t know me… my two kids were both in the band. This isĀ  my son’s Senior year, and my daughter’s Junior year- so they are both featured a lot. For the five years that they were in the Valencia Vikings Marching Band and Color...

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Keep the Wheels Turning – A Mountain Dulcimer Band

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“Keep The Wheels Turning” is something my dad always said. For him it meant- think ahead, be two steps ahead of others, and consider the consequences of your actions. Don’t be a dumb-ass in other words. He was big on “common sense” and it’s “common sense” that tells you “right” and “wrong”… and defines “smart”...

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Enemy Territory

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  This is a piece I did with a friend of mine, Aaron Antaloczy. I did the thumb effects. This included on-set VFX Supervision for the shoot to make sure we got what we needed. Additionally, I did all the painting, roto, tracking, and compositing.

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Valencia Vikings Marching Band and Color Guard 2012 Montage in 3D!!

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This was the year I got ambitious and shot most of the show using a 3d/stereo rig for the GoPros. It was brutal. Twice the data, twice the everything. Plus, having never produced anything in Stereo- it was quite the learning expereince. This is the anaglyphic output… get your red/blue glasses to watch it. I...

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Valencia Vikings Marching Band and Color Guard 2012 Montage

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  This is the non-stereo version of the 2012 montage. Lots of fun in Hawaii, I had some of the guys wear GoPros for the Diamond Head Crater hike.

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Valencia Vikings Marching Band and Color Guard 2011 Montage

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It’s interesting for me to look at these videos now from a few years worth of perspective. I notice that in these earlier years I had a lot more of the side events that surrounded the band as opposed to show performance. I think my first 2 years were kind of like that. But then...

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Valencia Vikings Marching Band and Color Guard 2010 Montage

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This was our first year as a “band family”, it took me awhile to find a style for editing these things, I liked the paneled approach because I could show more kids… but it made for quadrupling the edits in some cases- as you can see. I remember thinking- wow- that was a ton of...

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Bethany (1989)

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  I wrote this story in the first week I lived in Los Angeles. It was before “Ecstasy” hit the masses. I remember drinking about 4 pots of coffee in my crappy room that I was renting at 27th and Normandy in Compton. 1989… yep kind of freaky. Anyway- it needs to be noted that...

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The Space Between Numbers (2009)

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This story is based on dreams that I was having at the time. (As most of my stories are). I was lucky enough to have a friend, Ken Ricci, give me a few pointers on what I thought was my final draft. So as a tribute to his insights, I changed the name of the...

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Final Days

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  The following is a recollection of my thoughts that detail the two years following my father’s cancer diagnosis. I present it in its original, unedited state…. more out of a respect for the integrity of accuracy. But I also feel compelled to point out that my feelings towards my sisters is not what I...

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Dream Party (2005)

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This story contains content that is definitely NC-17. It is not for kids.. enjoy! We arrived at the party around 9:30pm. There was a decisive frat-boy feel to the whole affair; one that I always found slightly offensive. Sure there were beautiful women, lots of alcohol and a decent share of illicit drugs- but the...

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