Friday, May 1, 2015

Tynk of Neverland Teaser Trailer (Indiegogo Campaign Launch)

Over the past months, one of the projects I've kind of been working kind of on and off is a teaser trailer for an independent film's Indiegogo campaign.

The title of the movie is "Tynk of Neverland​". It's a darker, grittier reimagining of the Peter Pan story.

In it...
Peter Pan is no longer without his shadow. Within him resides a demon who threatens to physically manifest.
The Lost Boys play along to the Pan's whims, living with dread of his sinister purpose for them.
Tynk, a conflicted fairy, cannot stand idly by any longer. She puts into motion a dangerous plan that will forever change Neverland.
And a reluctant Hook is enlisted for help, whose ancient weapon is the only weapon that can match Peter's.

Join a world filled with excitement, magic, mermaids, pirates, lights, camera, and action..uh..
Of course, you can't really join this world yet, but you CAN help make this world (and story) happen. If the idea interests you, go ahead and grab a perk, or at least help spread the word about the campaign: [Link]

Now, where's the teaser trailer, you might ask? Well, if you clicked on the link above, you would've seen it.
But, alas, I'm posting a different audio version here:

I hadn't worked on the audio in the official version, and because one constant complaint I received was regarding the audio work, I decided to put together a mockup for the audio that feels better.

I unfortunately had no access to the VOs and music tracks, so instead, I used on older, "cleaner" audio iteration that made it easier to layer sounds. The feedback on this was more positive, so I thought I'd share it here.

And if you're still reading this rather wordy post, here's something else that might be of interest. The current teaser actually is a second script. The first script was what I initially had conceptualized the visuals for. For those who are curious, you can take a look at how the trailer was looking based on the first script:

As you can see, it had different music tracks, VOs, and timing (and font). Also, the visuals of Tynk's wings, Peter Pan's sword, and Hook's.. hook were originally made to correlate with the VOs. This correlation sadly got lost with the new script, but sometimes, things just don't go as planned.

Okay, that's all for now. Until next time!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

"Derailed" Short & "Bystander" PSA (for UCs)

Hi, there! Been meaning to push this update, haha. Two things today.

One, a small project I recently acted in. It was for a student short titled "Derailed" and I played the boyfriend who may be a killer. It's been a while since I got to seriously get into a role, so this was fun (My part appears ~0:23-1:26):

A fun fact is that the restaurant was a room at Frantone's that was at most half the size of what it appears to be in the scene. Movie magic.

Two, a PSA for UCs. This one, I did the acting in January, but the video was posted a little over a month ago. In this, I was an Asian student who is a victim to racism:

My "inner voice" could've been a lot better (in both acting/recording quality), but still cool to see my victimized self plastered across UCs, haha. Also, this was the one and only time (so far) that I got make-up put on my face, so that was interesting.

On a side note, a fun continuity error happens between the very first frontal shot of me and the rest of the scene: My sleeves are pulled up in the very beginning, then magically pulled down the rest.

That's it for now.. Until next time!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Anime Throw Test

New video for AlterChasm!

If you couldn't tell, it's a short test we did to see if we could replicate the dynamic camera movements that are employed in anime in order to amplify certain character's actions. I'm not an anime aficionado, but recently, I developed a new-found appreciation for some visual techniques employed in anime.

For this test, I decided to throw a tennis ball.. Nothing inherently exciting about throwing a tennis ball, but I knew I could use some of the assets from Magic Tennis Ball to make my life easier. And, hey, perhaps you could say the character has taken throwing the magical ball to the next level..?

The test didn't come out quite the way I wanted it to, but the effect is still pretty cool. I initially wanted to make the camera seem like it was moving in and out in real time, but instead, it came out more like stop-and-go type of feel. I think it still feels anime-ish though. It's not perfect, but I think it was a successful test. Hope you like it!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Gallery Updates

I recently noticed that the galleries for "Drawings" and "Illustrations" pages were broken apparently due to API changes made by Flickr. I googled around for solutions and eventually found out that simply updating Galleria (the JavaScript gallery I'm using) resolves the problem. Go figure, huh?

While tinkering with the codes though, I decided to change it up a little. The thumbnails are now a lot bigger, and instead of scrolling, all the available items are displayed in rows.

Furthermore, I've updated both galleries with new items, so check them out!

One of the newly added items (Box art for a board game called "Conquering Knights")

Thursday, April 10, 2014

"O" Monologue & New VFX/Acting Page

A while ago, I took an "Acting for the Camera" class, which I thoroughly enjoyed. This is the final I performed.. a monologue from something called "O" apparently. I decided to upload it to add it to the new "VFX/Acting" page that you may have noticed.

Check out my monologue:

Sure, not the best acting in the world, but it was fun. I miss acting, haha.

On a side note, despite all the sun you see, the weather was actually quite cold and I probably was doing my best not to shiver, haha. We were really fortunate to have gotten all that light because weather was rain-prone. Catch you next update!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Second AlterChasm Video "Magic Tennis Ball"!

Hello, world!

Here is our 2nd video for AlterChasm: "Magic Tennis Ball"! It's another "for fun & experience" project. I feel I learned a lot working on it. And, of course, thanks to the awesome people who helped out!

So here it is, "Magic Tennis Ball":

And this time, we had enough footage for a separate bloopers/(some)BTS video:

Also, for those interested, the full credits list here.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Purorganic Commercial Storyboards

Here's something I worked on some time ago. As far as I know, it's a local commercial for a cosmetics company named "Purorganic", starring Han Suk Kyu (한석규), apparently "one of the leading actors of Korean cinema" according to Wikipedia. Check it out:

It's unfortunate the VFX/compositing/editing work leave a lot to be desired, but that's probably due to lack of man-power, time, and budget for the project. Still, they managed to get it out, and it's been broadcasting for several months now, so that's cool.

My job in this was the storyboards. I got called to do a rush job for the commercial. Not pretty pictures, but under the time contraints, they got the point across. I did storyboards for two concepts, but here are the storyboards for the one that made it to the final commercial:

Purorganic PlanA Storyboards

And then I also got to help out on set as 2nd AC, among minor other things, which was a lot of fun. At one point, I was an extra (as a "grip" walking in the background), but sadly didn't make the final cut, haha. Well, maybe next time.