Opera Memphis projection design

Projection Design for Opera Memphis Festival

I’m very proud of the endeavors of University of Memphis graphic design students Chad Malone, Cassie Farrier & Parks Perdue…They worked along side me and Professor Gary Golightly to create stage projections for Opera Memphis’ Midtown Opera Festival.

This was an intense project, giving us only 2 weeks to design, build, and program projections for 6 pieces.

Photos by Sélavie Photography

TED Talks Live Set Graphics

Screen Graphics for Live Broadway Events & Televised PBS Special

I am very proud to have worked as screen producer and designer for this 6-night series of live TED Talks on Broadway, which took place Nov. 1-6, 2015 at NYC’s beautiful Town Hall theater in Times Square. Seth Easter Design did the physical set and handled all the LED details, Sarah Rossi Photography shot a bunch of custom images for the show, animator Dan Baker helped out with custom motion graphics, and I worked closely again with Peter Acken as he programmed the show content in the media server.

PBS began airing the talks in three primetime specials starting March 30, 2016.

Watch “TED Talks: Education Revolution” (aired Sept 13, 2016)
Watch “TED Talks: War & Peace” (aired May 30, 2016)
Watch “TED Talks: Science & Wonder” (aired March 30, 2016)

The themes were Education Revolution, War & Peace, and Science & Wonder, and featured speakers and performers such as Elvis Costello, Anna Deavere Smith, Chris Anderson, Adam Driver, Meshell Ndegeocello, Rufus & Martha Wainwright, Thomas Dolby, and others from NASA, Pixar, DARPA, MIT, Radiolab, Stanford and more.

Johnny Cash animated video for the Memphis Music Hall of Fame

Rock & Soul Museum Animations

Motion graphics, video editing & animations for The Rock & Soul Museum’s MMHOF 2013 & 2014 inductees.

For the 2013 MMHOF Ceremony, we created artist introduction video designs & animations for the inductees.

All in all, my team & I completed 13 of the 3-minute videos in just a couple of days: Albert King, Bar-Kays, Johnny Cash, Carla Thomas, Memphis Jug Band, David Porter, Kay Starr, The Blackwood Brothers, Roland Janes, Knox Phillips, Sid Selvidge, Rev Brewster & Phineas Newborn Jr. Each video tells a biographical story to the live audience and is approximately 3 minutes long.

TED Talks education screen designs

TED Talks Education Set Graphics

Screen Graphics for Televised PBS Special

I produced & built After Effects- based digital screen graphics for TED’s very first broadcast, filmed live at Brooklyn’s BAM Harvey Theater. I worked closely with set designers Seth Easter Design to create a customized show look and a series of motion & still graphics to help TED move from stage to screen.

Hosted by John Legend and featuring speakers such as Bill Gates & Sir Ken Robinson, this groundbreaking program aired on PBS (courtesy of NYC’s WNET) in May 2013.

Watch the whole thing online now.
Robin Hood Foundation : live interactive data visualization

Robin Hood Foundation Live Graphics

Live Interactive Motion Graphics 2009, 2010 & 2011

For 3 consecutive years I implemented custom live solutions for this incredible charity event.

In partnership with Brian Oakes Design and Robin Hood, this series of applications was created for the Robin Hood Foundation’s Gala charity extravaganza, held at NYC’s Javits Center.

The challenge was to develop remotely-controlled motion graphics that could display live event information on a series of 20-foot projection screens. As attendees donated their money and/or time, the results were displayed on demand, in real time, through these custom apps.

More info on the first event >>

Tony Awards Virtual Sets 2011-2015

65th, 66th, 67th, 68th & 69th Annual Tonys :
Live-Controlled Scenic Animations & Motion Graphics

For 5 years, my team & I photographed the theater sets for nominees & built custom virtual video sets for the Tony Awards broadcast, allowing the performing shows detailed control over every aspect of the scenery, live during the show.

Tonys 2015 photo gallery >>

For the five Tony Awards ceremonies from 2011-2015, I was tasked with digitally recreating and animating theater sets that were manipulated live during broadcast, for each of the performing nominees.

My team & I started the process by shooting thousands of photos (and several gigs of reference video) inside the various theaters, in order to capture lighting changes and set elements. The photos were then carefully mined for textures and scenic pieces that are needed. Finally, the finished video-based “sets” are painstakingly constructed from this large bank of imagery and then animated in After Effects and Cinema 4D to the specifications of the director, set & lighting designers.

Lots of hard work and long hours were put into separating & layering the video content so that we could do things like dynamically shift hues and cue lighting & set changes during the performances. Sarah Rossi & Dallas Raleigh shot a BUNCH of custom images for the show, and Dan Baker was always a huge help with creating the sets and animations. Genius programming by Peter “Evil Jesus” Acken.

Tonys 2014 photo gallery >>
All in all, my team & I completed content for 15 performances & segments for 2014:

 

In 2013 we completed content for 13 performances & segments:

 

And we created content for 13 performances & segments for 2012:

You can see a highlight video of 2012 set designs and performances here.
And the previous year, we completed content for 10 shows for 2011:

Art Direction by Seth Easter Design, Set Design by Hasbas.