Spiral

Alien Jungle :: Spiral can be summed up as a sort of Heart of Darkness in space. This alien jungle takes the place of darkest Africa in our version. I modeled all of the assets for this shot except the mountains, and mapped everything except the mountains and tentacles, which were mapped by Britt Anderson. The Glow :: For Spiral, designs by Toshihiro Kawamoto were animated on paper by Cindy Yamauchi, then turned into Flash assets by Franz Palomares. Britt Anderson and I did the bulk of the 3D work, and he took care of 'photocompositing' the renders together to make the backgrounds. Corporate HQ :: Having spent years helping to build a world-class 3D team at Mondo, I wanted to show how 3D could still be employed in our 2D Flash mini shows. I built this scene in 3D Studio MAX, designing much of it on the fly. My goal was to have people look at Spiral and say,

PROJECT: Art Directed Flash-based pilot for Spiral, a Mondo Mini Show.

SOFTWARE: 3D Studio MAX, Flash, Photoshop, Premiere

SCOPE: Conceptualized unique look for Flash mini show, one that combined hi-res 3D backgrounds and anime-style characters. In addition to art directing the project, my responsibilities included storyboard revision, story reels, design, 3D modeling and mapping, as well as some Flash animation and editing.

NOTES: Like Under Cover, this was another great opportunity to work with top Japanese talent, in this case famed character designer Toshihiro Kawamoto of Cowboy Bebop, Gundam and Golden Boy fame.

Images: 3D by Anderson and Giambruno, 2D by Yamauchi and Palomares © 2001 Mondo Media