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By howardgardnercg, Nov 20 2019 10:15AM

As I continue working on a large commissioned project that I must remain tight-lipped about, it pleases me to say that Protein has made the selection of another film festival. This time around it is Festival CinemaZero in Italy, which will be taking place at the end of this month.



By howardgardnercg, Sep 28 2019 07:03PM

Earlier this month Protein was screened at the Trash Film Festival in Varaždin, Croatia. I wasn't able to attend but I am eternally grateful to the organisers for exhibiting my work.


Closer to home, I am working on a large commissioned project that is likely to continue until the end of this year. I am super excited about it but I can't disclose what it is at the present time. I have put all other projects on hold until its completion.

By howardgardnercg, Aug 6 2019 07:01AM

A side-project which I have been doing in my spare time; Mumplings will be a short (less than one minute) piece which combines live action and CGI.


So far I have designed the characters, shot the live footage using a mobile phone, motion tracked it using SynthEyes and am now modeling the 3D objects with Maya and texturing them using Sculptris. In all likelihood the characters will be static rather than animated. Right now I am aiming to have the film completed in September.

By howardgardnercg, May 31 2019 02:56PM

I recently completed another spacecraft modeling mini-project. Having done fairly well with my my previous effort, I wanted to set a greater challenge for myself and that became an exercise in generating more surface detail and creating a greater impression of immense scale.


You can view the results here.

By howardgardnercg, Apr 2 2019 10:39AM

I have three items of news to report today:


Firstly, my April Fool's Day prank. As I explained on my Protein page, there was an unused design for the alien spaceship which I'd always really liked, and I'd thought it a real pity that it never got seen by an audience. For my April Fool's joke this year I filmed some shots of the Croydon skyline using my Samsung mobile phone, motion tracked it (with some difficulty - SynthEyes doesn't like phone footage!) and then composited in an animated shot of the spacecraft, appearing to hang menacingly in the sky. I composited the clip using Nuke - my first use of it in quite a while for my home projects - and yesterday morning the completed twenty second piece appeared without warning on all my social media pages. While I don't think anybody seriously believed it - or at least there were no reports of any Orson Welles-style alien invasion panics - it was a good bit of fun and hopefully generated a bit more interest in my business.


My second bit of news also relates (rather more directly) to Protein, as it's going to receive another public screening this week. On Thursday evening it will be on the big screen at the Candid Arts Trust in Torrens Street, Islington, as part of Kino London's fortnightly open-mic film night. As the rules of the night prohibit films over ten minutes in length, I have created a specially shortened 'Kino Cut'. However I'm still quite happy that it works in this form.


Finally, another film that I worked on has now made its way onto Amazon Prime, where subscribers can watch it for free: Comic Book Kingdom is an hour-long documentary by Marius Smuts and I provided the animated introduction sequence. Watch here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07Q84VQF3/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_2?keywords=marius%20smuts&qid=1554181360&s=gateway&sr=8-2-fkmrnull&fbclid=IwAR0Zq1lVzp6sCn7wNYi-xUa_5cJ6DYeEpFcmjr5mTo4jqYMDmtXdKlhIldM

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