The divine, separating from itself, enters as a ball of light. Existence flowing down an umbilical cord -- the first spark of consciousness.
Years before I started on Rebirth of Gaea, while working as an visual effects artist, I was tasked with creating an alien radiowave. My favorite projects are the ones, like this, that are abstractly-defined + conceptual .
I generated several animated fractals using AE Flame but ultimately these explorations didn't make it into the final comp. I liked them though, so I rendered out elements for a potential future project.
Thinking of ways to express a spark of consciousness for Rebirth of Gaea, I instantly remembered those alien radiowave elements.
I took stills from those fractal animations to create an element that I combined with galaxies and water elements, melting them into each other.
Updating the Gaea video in 2021 gave me a chance to add more motion to the image. About 10 years had passed between creating the first video. Surprisingly, most of the setups still worked.
I started off by opening my old setup for Inception and hitting play. It was cool to see it in motion but a bit fast. The original setups for this vignette no longer worked, so I used the final image as the base component of a new animation.
I like infusing these pieces with thoughts on spirituality. Adding motion to the image could be a way to share more thoughts, which have come more into focus since then, too.
The animation begins with a seemingly randomized two-dimensional matrix of energy. These streaks of light that slowly unfold a dimensional structure. A portal.
From another dimension, a ball of light emerges and begins to travel down a cosmic umbilical cord.
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Cosmic MindPersonal Project, 2021
Super Bowl LVCreative Director for augmented reality graphics, 2021 (Silver Spoon Animation)
TENCENTDesign + Execution, 2020 (Ntropic)
The GrammysVFX, 2020 (Ntropic)
Reality via PerceptionPersonal Project, 2020
Sand Water FirePersonal Project, 2020
Lost In SpaceDesign + Execution, 2019 (The Resistance)
The SecretVFX, 2019 (Resistance)
Landscape PaintingPersonal Project, 2018
Justice LeagueDesign + Execution, 2017 (Resistance)
PeriscapeCreative Direction + Execution, 2017
United States NavyDesign + Execution, 2017 (Resistance)
CastrolVFX, 2014 (Suspect)
Easy SkankingPersonal Project, 2015
Jamaica's 50th AnniversaryDesign + Execution, 2012 (Water Works)
The Monkey KingDesign + Execution, 2013 (Global Star)
Rebirth of GaeaPersonal Project, 2012
Flowing MeditationPersonal Project, 2011
Nebulaic EmbryoPersonal Project, 2012
ShapeshifterVFX + Compositing, 2010 (Charlex)
ToshibaDesign + Execution, 2007 (Charlex)
MMsCompositing, 2005 (Charlex)
Verizon "It's The Network"Compositing, 2005 (Charlex)
One Rat ShortCompositing + UI, 2006 (Charlex)
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