Showreel 2008

Hi there, just an update on the Reel for 2008.  Well, it’s finished but I now have to wait for legal reasons before I can put it up, Boo Hoo.

You see, some of the work on it has yet to be broadcast, and even though you could consider it early viral advertising, it’s not going to make people happy when they see it.

I can tell you it is 3 minutes long and the music is a Krafty Kuts Remix of Taking Over by Ralph Robles from Fabriclive ’34.

Speak soon

Showreel 2008

Well, it’s finally finished, and I should have it up on the website sometime in the next couple of weeks, but my new reel – albeit a product of a lot of old and some new work – will be up and visible at some time in the not too distant future on my website.

Due to one or two things on their not actually being out in the public domain yet, I will have to keep it back for a while, but I am pretty happy with the results so far.

I might tweak it though, I’m a bit of a beggar for that sort of thing!

Anyway, when it does go up, I hope you like it


Arthur C. Clarke – The Science and the Fiction

I have just used the BBC listen again service – fantastic service it is, too – to listen to a biography on the life of Arthur C. Clarke.  It’s only about half an hor long, but it is reallt interesting.  Here’s the link:

It was recorded back in October 0f 2005, two and a half years before his death this March, and is a wonderful glimpse into the life and mind of one of Great Britain’ s most esteemed scientists as well as a science fiction novelist.

Arthur C. Clarke served in the RAF as a radar instructor and technician from 1941-1946.   It was during this time that he came up with the concept of satellite communication systems in 1945.  As well as winning many awards in his lifetime, he was also the chairman of the British Interplanetary Society from 1947 to 1950 and was finally given a knighthood in 1998, ten years before his death in Sri Lanka.

His work, at the very least, lives on as some of the best speculative fiction in the world along with Asimov, Pohl and the like.

Maya Tutorials

Just a quicky to remind folks that you can get any one of these tutorials from my website in the links panel at the right of this page.  Each one has a full archive and PDF for you to use in order to fathom what I thought I was up to.  The most recent ones will become available soon, and I will post them here with links as and when I can.


Titles so far are as follows:

How do I create a pin matrix effect in Maya?
Does anybody know how to model desert plants?
How do I get my camera mapping projection to line up with my geometry?
How do I create a realistic frosted glass shader?
How can I texture and render photo-realistic planets correctly?
How do I import a photoshop image as paths?
How can I reduce my multipass render layers?
How would I create light bouncing off of water?
How do I get a Maya Camera into After Effects?
How can I replace particles with some geometric objects?
How do I morph textures with my blendshapes?
How do I animate tying a knot in Maya?
How can I make Realflow render like water?
How do I create a searchlight that projects a
logo into the sky like the bat sign out of
How do you animate displacement maps in Maya?
How do I create a long curving tube, which progressively appears in small segments?
How do I make a drill bit in Maya?
How do I create curves from the post infinity cycle?
How can I create a book similar to Shrek 2’s?

UPDATED WEBSITE – check it out!

Finally made my way around to adding some of my photography to the website. Mostly taken over the last three years, this is something I love to do, but have had little time to do anything about.  Work finally dropped down to a reasonable level – got loads of stuff finished which is GREAT – and I managed to update the site at the dame time!

Did I mention I am trying to write a novel too?  I have now written around 30,000 words – approx 180 pages of double lined monospaced font – and that’s coming along well too.

right, off home now.  Two daughter’s birthdays over the weekend and I’ve got loads to arrange.

Blue Planet in cheshire tomorrow… hmmm… Better take the camera!