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Postby Rob Neal on 02/11/2011, 4:12 am

Hi all,
Considering I blather on constantly on these boards, people might wonder actually what exactly it is I do, so this is a new promotion for a toy I was commissioned to do. Made in about 10 days, it was shot on green screen in LA, and I directed and designed the video from that.

All just After Effects. BIG use of SureTarget 2 here (Many thanks to AK). I basically created a circle of eight screens with a camera in the middle, and then bounced between them. Trapcode Horizon was used for the cloud background.

The little yellow chap is a robot developed for the therapy of autistic children. It utilises four precision actuator motors, two HD cameras for eyes and a Sony electret mike for a nose. It can autonomously follow you round the room and respond to sounds. If you want one, you will need to find $30,000. :o
A new toy will be launched next week based on this robot, at the more affordable $40.

I recommend viewing full screen for HD deliciousness, and the sound cranked. Enjoy 8-)

Last edited by Rob Neal on 03/2/2011, 11:48 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: About time I showed off a bit

Postby FACELESS on 02/11/2011, 4:31 am

Not good, not good at all...lmao nah I joke. I'm liking that robot but 30 grand is a tiny weenie bit expensive..
after effects is like cake.....hmmm cake
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Re: About time I showed off a bit

Postby Fat Elvis on 02/11/2011, 4:31 am

really nice work mate, it really conveyed a lot of character from the toy, I'll show it to my 5yr old daughter when she comes home from school, she is a proper tough judge lol.
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Re: About time I showed off a bit

Postby personalfx on 02/11/2011, 10:54 am

That was awesome! :) I really enjoyed that piece
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Re: About time I showed off a bit

Postby FancyShoes on 02/11/2011, 10:59 am

Coool. I like how you did the transitions.
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Re: About time I showed off a bit

Postby Rob Neal on 02/12/2011, 2:50 am

Thanks for the compliments, chaps!
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Re: About time I showed off a bit

Postby SThompsonRAMM on 02/12/2011, 3:26 am

Nice to see your project completed Rob. I'm proud of you and as usual, you've outdone yourself.

I'll be expecting one for Christmas from you and then I'll have two.
Let me know what the big wigs have to say besides "WOW!"
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Re: About time I showed off a bit

Postby JBS Productions on 02/12/2011, 12:09 pm

Hey finally, some of Rob's work ;)

Really good, I actually found my self bopping my head subconsiously :lol:

Nice work
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Re: About time I showed off a bit

Postby Rob Neal on 02/13/2011, 3:42 am

Thanks, well it is a rather catchy tune too. As I've mentioned to many people before doing music videos, always try to cut to the beat, that way everything kind of falls in place naturally.
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Re: About time I showed off a bit

Postby JESUAN on 02/13/2011, 10:31 am

really really good!!! it's just the kind of stuff i would like to say that it's mine!!!!


very very good...and yes rob....next xmas buyme one little robot!!!
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Re: About time I showed off a bit

Postby nico89-fx on 02/13/2011, 9:20 pm

Veeery interesting Rob. Nicely done.
I'm having a little trouble with it though, as I'll keep on singing that song all day long looking like a bigger idiot than my usual self. =)
Great, as usual.
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Re: About time I showed off a bit

Postby Rob Neal on 02/16/2011, 2:13 am

JESUAN wrote:very very good...and yes rob....next xmas buyme one little robot!!!

At that price, you can buy you're own!!
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Re: About time I showed off a bit

Postby aroot on 03/2/2011, 9:43 am

While I have no doubt that Rob squeezed every ounce of "good" from the source material, time frame, and confines he was given.....am I the only one who thinks the toy seems pretty lame? The length of this piece seems to only exacerbate this. For two minutes we get to see it awkwardly gyrate.
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Re: About time I showed off a bit

Postby SThompsonRAMM on 03/2/2011, 11:20 am

.....am I the only one who thinks the toy seems pretty lame?

As Rob mentioned...
The little yellow chap is a robot developed for the therapy of autistic children.


I for one am hoping that it will do what it was designed to do.
Even so, I still want one for Christmas!
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Re: About time I showed off a bit

Postby Rob Neal on 03/2/2011, 11:43 am

aroot wrote:am I the only one who thinks the toy seems pretty lame?

That's not a toy. That is the real McCoy in my video.
This is it's primary purpose:


The toy that it is based on it doesn't use visual sensing. it's just a bit of fun.
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Re: About time I showed off a bit

Postby aroot on 03/2/2011, 2:10 pm

Who was the audience for the piece you created Rob?
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Re: About time I showed off a bit

Postby Excape on 03/2/2011, 4:46 pm

Wow, I thought this thing is way bigger :)

The moves are really interessting though.
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Re: About time I showed off a bit

Postby Rob Neal on 03/2/2011, 4:50 pm

aroot wrote:Who was the audience for the piece you created Rob?

Oh, just a few friends I hired in for the day ;)
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Re: About time I showed off a bit

Postby Mufti on 03/2/2011, 10:03 pm

I don't want to sound presemptuous, but I don't feel that video is very good, regardless of the advices Rob gives to the crowd here. Even, I would have expected much more given the quality of his interventions [minus the anger of course]. It's very lame, the design feels very dated and the general feeling is very amateur. I mean, take the 3D stage part at 1.10 for example, when the camera moves around in 3D, the puppet keeps the same perspective and when the camera moves to a low angle shot, the stage would be hidding the base of the puppet but it's not, the puppet is still on top. and I'm not talking about the obvious duplicate of the people dancing at 0.29. This kind of video would be shred to pieces in this forum [often needlessly by the way] and here I find that people are quite forgiving.
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Re: About time I showed off a bit

Postby FEDFiLM on 03/2/2011, 11:09 pm

I actually totally agree with you Mufti. I was thinking the same thing.
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Re: About time I showed off a bit

Postby Rob Neal on 03/3/2011, 3:21 am

I agree, it could have been better, but bear in mind I only had a week to do it, including keying 30Gb of green screen footage, I don't think it was too bad under the circumstances. As for the design, such as the silhouettes and paint splats, they were part of the client's brief, as was a number of other elements they specifically asked for. It was meant to have a bit of a 70's psychedelic feel.
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Re: About time I showed off a bit

Postby SThompsonRAMM on 03/3/2011, 5:14 am

Mufti wrote:I don't want to sound presemptuous

I don't even know what that means but if you mean presumptuous then I think you already are.
Mufti wrote:This kind of video would be shred to pieces in this forum [often needlessly by the way

Yet you go on to say 7 negative things to do what, make yourself feel better.
FEDFiLM wrote:I actually totally agree with you Mufti. I was thinking the same thing.

Really, you were thinking the same thing... you didn't want to come out of the wood work to be presemptuous on your own?

I can appreciate opinions and the rights of them but critique wasn't asked for here. I can understand why people don't want to share their work as there's always someone out there to put it down, needlessly. If you didn't like the video then fine but I don't get why you had to come out of the closet three weeks later with the insults.
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Re: About time I showed off a bit

Postby Peter Berthet on 03/3/2011, 5:23 am

Steve i think the thing that Mufti is missing is that over here in the real world we need to do work to a budget and to a time frame.

If i had to count the amount of times i came up with a great idea and wanted to perfect it only to have it shot down by the clients budget and deadline id need a million fingers and toes.

EDIT:
oh and yeah 99% of the time the client hates the brilliant ideas video guys pitch
theyd rather go with their idea... fine. theyre paying! :)
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Re: About time I showed off a bit

Postby aroot on 03/3/2011, 7:02 am

@Rob

Lol. I think we've had a bit of a miscommunication. I meant for the completed piece, as in when you were talking with the client before you started production and they said "We're looking to make a video that we intend to show to _______ to inform them about our product."
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Re: About time I showed off a bit

Postby Rob Neal on 03/3/2011, 7:10 am

aroot wrote:Lol. I think we've had a bit of a miscommunication. I meant for the completed piece,

Ah, I see. Well it was primarily for the three big toy fairs earlier this year. These are professional buyers expositions for the toy business held in Nuremburg, London and New York. The video was projected on a 30ft high video wall. Once the toy sales go live, it is intended to send it out on YouTube as a viral.
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