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About xandad

I have been doing computer animation since 1979.

The Hurdy Gurdy Man

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Samantha 1990

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Barb T. c 1991

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Cathy H. c 1990

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Sandy Bell 1991

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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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This was part of a fun campaign that I worked on for Kids’ WB. For this spot, I did pretty much all of the post-production. This included creating the backgrounds in Maya, roto-ing the 2d characters, choreographing the shots and animation, and finally- compositing the entire spot. Additionally, along with overseeing all the animated stuff-...

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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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