Here’s something fun I found while clearing out the hard drives on my old pc—my undergraduate graphics project. Basically it involved projection mapping photographs of Arthur’s Seat (a big hill in Edinburgh) onto a model created from map contours. Here’s a couple of videos:
Looks like shit, huh? But it was a big deal for an undergraduate in 1997 😉
My first vfx job was with Smoke & Mirrors in London—I use the word ‘job’ in the loosest sense, as they were actually part-sponsoring my doctorate and part of the deal was that they had to employ me for three months over the three years (it was actually more complicated than that, involving a subsidiary that went bust, but that’s a story for another day).
Back in 2003, I submitted a sketch to Siggraph on my thesis work. I had been working at Framestore for a few months, was waiting for the University to organise my viva and figured that if I got something accepted I might have a fighting chance of getting someone else to pay my airfare to San Diego.