Subfocus

Subfocus live show visuals

Here’s are some teasers of the video content I worked on for 2 tracks of the 2012 Subfocus live tour. This is just a snippet to give an idea of the visual style and music that we were working on because the original version of the video was synced to another edit of the track.

The bold, more minimal look of these visuals was a departure for me from my usual 3D style as the visuals were intended for LED screens which were initially lower resolution. As a result it gave me the opportunity to experiment with more motion graphic style of animation which I enjoyed massively and I have continued recently to add these kinds of elements to my work. This can be seen in the intro to my latest showreel.

Subfocus live show

Here are some images from the shows video content to give a feel of the show design and also explains the circular nature of my work. We also had to make visuals for the horizontal back batons of LED that sit behind the main 3 rings and all elements had to be animated to the track as well as work in harmony with each other in order to give the experience more impact. The first image is one of the 2 sets of visuals I worked on. The rest of the images in the below gallery are done by 2 other animators from immersive.

Eric Prydz EPIC

Eric Prydz “EPIC” live show visuals

In 2010, for the 2nd immersive project I was involved in, I was part of a group of animators that created live show visuals for the Eric Prydz “EPIC” ( Eric Prydz In Concert ) tour. For this project we weren’t making track specific visuals, instead we created 3 sets of 1 minute videos that would be VJ’d live on the night. Within each of those 3 sets of styles we then created another 3 looks of 1 minute videos. As well as splitting all those videos into separate elements to make for better VJ clips. The visuals were projected onto a super wide format custom made screen, which you can see at the bottom of this page to fully appreciate its monumental scale. This job was one of the most challenging I’ve been involved in as a result of the screen design and creative brief which required graphics to be created to the specific unusual screen shape and for which a vast number of videos was needed.

EPIC closer up

Here is a 16-9 crop into the above video so that you can appreciate the detail of the video a bit better.

Both this video and the one at the top of the page are just montages of some of the longer clips that were produced for the 1st EPIC show.

Eric Prydz in concert “making of”

Immersive LTD created this behind the scenes video that shows the true scale of the project. You can see glimpses of some of my clips and hologram animations in the video.

You can also get an idea of the nature of the screen design which had a big impact on how we created our videos for the show.

Pendulum

Pendulum live show intro

Back in 2010 Immersive first contacted me to create the intro animation that played at the very start of the live Pendulum tour before the band came out on stage. The screen design was a new challenge for me as I had only usually worked in 16:9 format video, and the unique screen shape had a custom template to work to. Going to the first gig at Wembley and seeing a live audience reacting to my work was a new and exciting experience at the time, one which I would be exposed to regularly as my long term relationship with Immersive continued.

Pendulum live at wembley

Here is a look at where the Pendulum world tour kicked off at Wembley just to give you an idea of how my work fit into the show and what my intro animation was created for. You can see again the unique large scale screen design on the stage where my intro and all 20 other custom visuals by 20 other animators were shown.

The Script

The Script world tour visuals

Once again Immersive created some top quality live show video content, this time for the Irish band, The Script.

For this project my role was art director, making sure there was a clear vision for the designers and animators to follow and to help carry the creative side of the job right through to the show rehearsals. I also guest star in this making of video, explaining the creative aspects of the project.

Eric Prydz “Allein”

Eric Prydz “Allein” live show visuals

As part of the 2nd Eric Prydz EPIC 2 tour, Immersive asked me to create an 3D Animated video content for the track “Allein”. Once again the deadline was tight but with the help of another animator Tajinder Singh, who helped create and animate the metallic 3d elements from 1.50 mins to 3 mins, everything went well and the show was a big success. The reason for the super wide format was the design of the custom made LED screen, it was a re-work of the first EPIC live show screen design, which was initially projection mapped, both of which were built on a massive scale for maximum impact. A hologram screen was also used in both shows, for which I created custom clips.

Allein closer up

The video above was to give an overall view of the animation and format, here I have made a 16-9 crop into the centre portion of the screen In order to give a closer look into the detail of the video.

This was a great project as it gave me a chance to experiment with some new post production techniques and advanced particles effect plugins and here you get to appreciate the hard work a bit closer up.

Defected

Defected

Defected Record Label Main Stage Video Content

In summer 2019 I made the main stage video ( VJ  ) content for Defected Croatia Festival. Heres a tiny snippet of some of the hundreds of clips I made. The content is also being used for ongoing live shows and Defected gigs.

Festival Footage

Here is some footage of the festival in Croatia in 2019. Might have to go next year !

Eric Prydz “Generate” Hologram

Eric Prydz “Generate” Hologram

This is a hologram animation I did for Eric Prydz ” EPIC 3.0 ” Hologram show at Madison Square Garden NYC. This was a landmark, groundbreaking show which used the largest hologram in the world, with all content rendered at 4K. This time the brief was to create something more organic, with DNA and molecules creating quite abstract undulating forms which then evolve to metallic flowing shapes. Together with the hologram I created some track specific back wall VJ content. Once again it was a short 3 week deadline but it turned out well, the show was a success and the client was very happy.

Eric Prydz HOLO intro

Eric Prydz live show intro

For the Eric Prydz HOLO show intro I had to create 2 sets of visuals for which it was crucial they worked together for maximum impact, one set of visuals for the massive scale LED back wall structure and one for the main focus of the show which was intended to be a hologram screen .The creative brief was to create something with a tech / futuristic / space visual style which would best suite Eric Prydz’s custom intro audio and which would build and grow constantly right up to the high intensity, finale of the intro.
One of the challenges of working with the Hologram screen is that we are trying to give the illusion that what ever is shown on the transparent screen surface is seemingly floating in mid-air, in order to do this the main focus of the animation is usually in the center of the frame because if any of the visual elements touch the edges, the illusion of these 3d objects is lost.

Back wall LED animation

Creating content for the back wall LED screens had their own set of creative and technical challenges. In order to create the feeling of forward motion through space first immersive had to create an accurate, to scale set of templates which insure that when we moved a virtual 3d camera it would create an illusion of forward movement for the viewer as well. The 3 dimensional nature of the LED stage screen design meant that by designing a sort of tunnel and high speed warp effect which builds to a fast paced frenzied climax, the audience will be faced with a truly immersive, awe inspiring visual experience on a super massive scale.

There is also a Creators Project article on the show which further explains the details of the project.

Chase & Status feat Major Lazer “Pressure”

Chase & Status feat Major Lazer “Pressure” live tour visuals

Chase & Status got in touch with Immersive to produce VFX video content for new tracks for their world tour. I created the video for the track “Pressure”, a Chase & Status collaboration with Major Lazer. It was the shortest turn around Ive ever delivered and was indeed a test. The deadline was just 2.5 weeks which included concept, animation and directing the live shoot of the artist doing the vocal performance. Luckily everything went to plan and I am very proud of the end product.

Chase and Status live show

These are some images that Antonio Pagano took for Immersive during some of the live shows. Again this puts the visuals into context and gives an idea of their intended end use. In the images you can also get a sense of the scale of the live show.