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April 20, 2015#

Back from Berlin


Back from Berlin and took some video on the GH4 while over there. Looking forward to the v-log profile in the works for the GH4.

April 9, 2015#

Off to Berlin!

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Yay! I’m heading off to Berlin for a bit. Any suggestion for  must see places, drop me a message @louisdumont.

 

April 9, 2015#

Visiting – Episode 1


Yay! Finally put up the first episode of Visiting. This episode acts as an introduction to more loose animated vignettes that focus on more candid moments. More information on: visitingshort.com

April 9, 2015#

Feeling out image profiles for the Sony A7S


Finished shooting a little promotion concept film that I’ll show in some shape or form soon. It was shooting bars and nightlife without lighting so called for a very sensitive camera. The A7S didn’t disappoint. I had a night before to figure out he right colour profile for the job and found the S-Log very hard to expose compared to Cine-D on the GH4. Here’s a the test video.

March 18, 2015#

Download CG Water scene for Lightwave 3D + DPkit

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I did a CG water tutorial last year for Lightwave 3D and am putting up the scene file here for anyone that want to have a look as some details may have been glossed over in the video.

March 16, 2015#

Formation Photos

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Updating the Formation about page with new copy and new photos of the team. Setup included two Sunpak 383 manual flash guns and a Canon 5D3 + Tamron 24-70mm. f/8, 1/160.  Continue Reading

March 12, 2015#

Google Cardboard Animation


Finished a little CG animation to show the construction of a branded Google Cardboard VR headset. The animation was produced in Lightwave 3D and I make use of DPkit’s nodes to post process and grade the image straight out of the renderer.

October 1, 2014#

NYC GH4


Some GH4 clips from my recent trip to New York. Everything seems to filmic out there so I though I’d give it the 2.39:1 treatment with accompanying grade and score 🙂

September 17, 2014#

Off to New York!

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Heading to the big apple for filming, photography and a whatever else I can fit in! If you know of anything cool going on the from the 20th to the 27th of September let me know!@louisdumont

August 15, 2014#

VisitingShort.com

VisitingWIPVisitingShort.com is up and running. A handy place for all the visiting development and progress. At the moment I’m getting the workflow of motion capture and animation sorted out using new Rhiggit v2.0 tools, which, so far seem very flexible!

August 15, 2014#

Fun with Newtonian Motion Plugin for Lightwave 3D

Quick test of a new plugin for Lightwave 3D and that can follow any item, generating a Newtonian motion reaction to the animation. Super handy!

August 14, 2014#

Nodal Material, Displacements and Post Processing

A Lightwave 3D tutorial I put together has just gone live as part of Lightwave’s Siggraph 2014 showcase. Using nodal materials, displacements and post processing to achieve a treated final image straight out of Lightwave 3D. Special mention, as always, to Denis Pontonnier and his outstanding plugins.

August 10, 2014#

More Sculpts!

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A Couple more head sculpts just for fun. Really enjoy zbrushing and starting to get used to the workflow to Lightwave 3D for materials and rendering.

July 7, 2014#

GH4 Low Light Test

Got the GH4! And so far I’m very happy with it. 4K video is sharp and there are is a huge amount of flexibility when it comes to image profile adjustments. Almost too much 🙂 Seems like a balance of achieving a flat image for grading without getting too flat as to loose fidelity in the 8bit compression.

May 21, 2014#

Camden Create – Race Car!

At last an excuse to play with toy race cars! All be it of the CG variety. I and a bunch of like minded folks were asked through We Are Formation to produce a little 10 second stings for the Camden Create Festival. You can check out the other artist animation here.

July 7, 2014#

Trying out some sculpting

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Having a play with Zbrush, learning the sculpting ropes, particularly getting models to and from Lightwave 3D. Also getting used to the different brush types. My favorites so far are clay build up, dam standard and flattern.

May 4, 2014#

Tips published in 3D Artist Magazine!

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Fancy reading through a collection of 50 Lightwave 3D tips? Then pick up a copy of 3D Artist where you’ll find a few of my select tips for Lightwave that have helped me over the years.

April 18, 2014#

HONOUR IS EVERYTHING – 48hr Film Challenge


Had a great time working with Dir. Mahmut Akay and the rest of the super talented crew on Scifi London’s 48 hour film challenge. It was shot in the awesomely dystopian looking estate in South Hampstead and took until the early ours of the morning on Sunday to complete the VFX shots depicting frozen time. Continue Reading

April 18, 2014#

Little London – From the top of The Shard


Had an awesome time at the top of The Shard, highly recommend a visit. Shot on a Panasonic Lumix GH2 with the 14-140mm and processed in After Effects.

April 8, 2014#

International Pillow Fight Day 2014


Had the pleasure of popping down to Trafalgar Square on the 5th of April to see thousands of pillow touting warriors! Shooting video on the Canon 5D Mark III with the MLRAW module. I’ve been tempted by the MLV update that the Magic Lantern guys have been working on and I could of taken advantage of it on this occasion as I was fumbling about with my phone to record clips of audio to accompany the little edit.

This was probably the first time I’ve switched image stabilization off on the lenses to capture more staccato motion and a high shutter speed of 1/200 or above to mimic the 45 degree shutter angle used on films like ‘Saving Private Ryan’. Mixing that with 1/50 shutter for the calm shot to contrast. Also choosing to do most of the grade within Adobe’s camera raw window to hue shift the skin tones and blues.

April 8, 2014#

Tiny Panasonic GM1


Trying out the GM1’s video with the compact kit 12-32mm lens. Pretty amazing tech crammed into a tiny lil camera. Here are a few of the stills I’ve taken so far with the kit lens, the Lumix 20mm 1.7 and a Fujian 35mm 1.7 cctv lens. So far I’m really impressed with the quality of both images and video, having the wifi to transfer images is also super handy. I did notice the image stabilization is a bit jerky compared to Panasonics other kit lenses (14-45mm, 14-140mm) but I suppose it’s amazing enough to of been able to fit it in such a small lens.

April 8, 2014#

Photo’s in Greenwich

Taking some shots around Greenwich on a Street Photo meetup using the lovely Canon 135mm f2.

April 8, 2014#

‘Above’ – some GH2 action form Centre Point


As part of a street photo meetup, I got a bit of footage from the top of the Centre Point building outside London’s Tottenham Court Road tube. It was pretty great watching the sun go down from so high up!

April 8, 2014#

Diamonds!


Ramping up the rays to render some diamonds in Lightwave 3D with the Dielectric node. If you’re interested in the settings I’ve put a screen capture up here and there’s also some interesting links that people commented on the vimeo page.