story / concept / animation

Latest

V∆MPSP!RE Wins!

vampspire

So a few weeks ago Mourou had the privilege of participating in the Develteam Summer Game Jam. It went kind of like the previous 49 hour animaion competitions that we’ve participated in. We were given a theme to work with in order for it to qualify and the theme was “Dual Mode Retro”. This meant that the game had to be either 2D or 2.5D (retro) and had to have two completely separate modes of gameplay (not minigames). Well, we came together and ultimately settled on my idea for a reverse shooter mixed with stealth platformer. The result was rather awesome (with quite a few bugs and things that didn’t make it into the build we submitted). Regardless, our game, V∆MPSP!RE, made it to the top and was voted 1st Place by the Develteam community! We have defeated the competition and taken home a gold (and some Steam games).

This marks Mourou’s first foray into indie game development. Watch the video of me playing it below and see what you think. We all work fulltime jobs while doing this completely in our spare time over the course of two weeks. Enjoy!

Follow the link on YouTube in order to download and play the game for yourself. In the coming months we will be tweaking it in order to release a mobile version to the Windows Phone 8 store. If it does well there, we may even port it over to other platforms as well.

Shaded Chasm

pincho_car2

Progress continues.

Doomsday Castle Defender

It feels like ages since I worked on this game, but alas, I’m finally making a post about it! Really cool seeing the commercials on TV about the game, gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling inside. Neo-Pangea was in charge of creating this video game for the new Doomsday Castle show on National Geographic. While other team members took care of the programming, UI, music, and more, I was able to have a large role creating all of the in-game animations, matte painting, and isometric sprites. Very fun. The game is an isometric tower defense game where you build your own castle, defend against the hordes of the apocalypse while getting the Doomsday Castle family members to work together the best they can! The more bandits you defeat, the more weapons you unlock.

Give it a whirl here! Even Machinima had a good time playing it:

 

Soldier of Steel

I’ve been waiting what seems like forever to make a post about this. Back before the new Superman film was released, we at Neo-Pangea were given the incredible opportunity to build a whole web experience marrying both the National Guard and the film Man of Steel. Our result? http://www.soldierofsteel.com/

 

I haven’t been able to post my involvement until only recently, and sadly the website will be taken down this week. It’s run its course and may only creep up again when the DVDs for the movie arrive in stores. So be sure to check out, specifically the Soldier of Steel video game. Not only was I given the task to conceptualize the rifle range game and aviation challenge, I also had the opportunity to animate most of the in-game effects such as the rifle, explosions, drones, helicopter, soldiers, dust clouds, zoom reticle, Superman’s heat vision, and more. How cool is that? Be sure to check it out here before it’s too late!

SoS_Portfolio_13

Ultimate Survivor Alaska’s Interactive Maps

Recently, I had the tremendous opportunity at Neo-Pangea to refresh my hands at 3D sculpting and pseudo-realistic illustration. My poison of choice? Mudbox and Photoshop. I sculpted Alaska’s terrain for a new series on the National Geographic Channel – Ultimate Survivor Alaska. There are eleven maps in total and they live on their interactive website located here: http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/ultimate-survival-alaska/interactives/interactive-map/

usa

They upload a new map each week when a new episode airs (Sunday night) so stay tuned to see them all!

HTML5 Animation in Edge Animate

Hey all! Been working really hard this past month and boy do I have something to finally show! (cue the “woops” from the crowd) Working at Neo-Pangea has opened up the opportunity to get my hands on some HTML5 animation. The entire concept of animating with code is all pretty foreign, yet slowly, and surely, winning me over. Because of Adobe Edge Animate’s familiar interface (looks/feels pretty similar to After Effects), I was able to do some HTML5 animation for a pretty darn cool interactive for Statoil / National Geographic Maps. Knowing that there are some limitations to what this still primitive program can do, I made sure to design the illustrations as simple as possible while still getting the point across. Click the image to check out the final result:

Extraction

Clock-Sketch Lessons

Hey all. Been meaning to overhaul Clock-Sketch, as over the past two years I’ve steadily gained close to 1500 subscribers. I figure it is worth building off of and improving, so stay tuned for updates on that front. For now I’ve gone ahead and uploaded three real-time “lessons” where the viewer can watch me draw the gestures in real-time. I figure this might be useful to some struggling with the idea of gesture drawing or if they feel their artwork doesn’t muster up. I know I was very self-conscious about speed drawings when I first started and know it can be kind of nerve-racking when things aren’t working for you in such a short amount of time.  I draw straightforward and don’t erase, keep my mistakes visible, and post them shamelessly. Gestures are all about doing warmup exercises and so this is very important for beginning your day of drawing or trying to learn the style of a new character. You will notice towards the end of some of these sketches I move extremely fast. This is because I’ve gotten down the design of the character I’m drawing and begin to migrate away from even looking at the photo. When this happens you know you’re in a good place to start creating original work with that same character. But enough talking, more drawing! Please enjoy:

A Virus Named TOM + PS Vita = Holy Matrimony

AVNT Vita

A long awaited confirmation for my dreams to come true is here: A Virus Named TOM will be making its way onto the Playstation Vita later this year. I am utterly stoked for this as I own a Vita and can see our game just making perfect sense on the device. The amount of games out for the Vita is still rather slim (allbeit only in its second year of existence), so AVNT will be nothing short of a healthy addition to the device’s roster. In order to celebrate this madness, AVNT will be going on sale at 50% off for the entire 28th week of its run, (Feb 15th – 21st). So, if you haven’t already purchased the game, hop on over to avirusnamedtom.com or boot up your Steam software to grab a copy today.

Kuiper’s Sail – Silver ADDY Award

Great news everyone. My Senior project at Huntington University – Mourou’s first film, Kuiper’s Sail, has just won a Silver ADDY Award for Animation / Special Effects in the Fort Wayne, Indiana chapter of the American Advertising Federation. Super stoked about the award, but I wasn’t the only recipient. It seems Huntington University has brought in quite a bounty of awards this year – over a dozen! Congrats on all the students and their fine work. It’s great to see our little program gaining more and more recognition every year. Click the link below for the full list of awards including their respective films.

List of Huntington University winners: http://foresterfilms.com/addys/

SXSW Finalist: Intern Abuser

So, if you haven’t been up in the news with Neo-Pangea via their Facebook or Twitter, INTERN ABUSER is a finalist for South x Southwest! SXSW will be held later this year in Austin and until then there is time for you to vote for Intern Abuser as SXSW’s People’s Choice. Please head on over to here: http://sxsw.com/interactive/news/sxsw-interactive-awards-peoples-choice-voting-now-open The more votes the merrier! It’s pretty crazy that this project is going up against big namers like Contre Jour. If you do not know what the Intern Abuser was because you missed it, check out the video below. It’s a wrap-up video that I worked on showcasing what the event was about and just what all went down on those two crazy days.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 425 other followers