2021 Animation/Motion Graphics Demo Reel

Highlights from some recent projects that include TV advertising, instructional videos, product videos, 3D character design, modeling and 3D animation, greenscreen video production, explainer videos, social media, fundraisers, music videos, experimental stuff, and corporate video. Something for everyone!

2019 Animation/Motion Graphics Demo Reel

A small sampling of recent work, including animation, motion graphics, character design, 2D and 3D animation. And even some puppets.

Concession Stand

An intermission film for the Free Range Film Festival. This is an update to a concession stand clip I did for the festival back in 2008 or so. I wanted to go for a stop-motion look, so I modeled the 3D characters in Cinema4d, and added some janky motions and dancing. I’ve always been fascinated by the old drive-in movie ads – sortof creepy, clearly done on the cheap, and really never very appetizing. But so fun to watch.

Duluth Homegrown Music Festival – Music videos

These are literally no-budget projects. Videomakers are assigned a band / song randomly, and they have a few weeks to make something. The rest is pretty wide open, and the resulting videos are screened during the weeklong Homegrown Music Festival. Here are some of my favorites, along with some behind the scenes. They may be a little rough around the edges, but these are where I experiment, try out techniques, help out local bands, and have lots of fun.

The Keep Aways – “Over Your Shoulder”

The Dames – “Head of State”

The Dames reunited in 2017 after a 15 year break. This song was from recordings done 19 years earlier, but this song was a perfect fit for 2017. It made it to City Pages’ Best Videos of 2017 list.

500 Millions Society – “The Quest”

The plan for this video was to make it look and feel like a 60s/70s variety show a la Tom Jones or Sonny and Cher, shot on a soundstage somewhere in Los Angeles. But we aren’t in California, and all we had was a small space above a downtown Duluth restaurant. So each member was shot individually, then assembled into a full band.

Starling of Athens

Black-Eyed Snakes – “Rise Up!”

This was for the first Homegrown Music Videos Fest way back in 2005 or so, and for some sadistic reason, we only had a weekend to do the videos that year. As hastily as this was to put together, it probably ended up going farther than any others, getting shown in several film festivals, and at the Walker Art Center. Mayor Don Ness also asked if he could use his caricature from the video as his profile pic on Facebook and other places online.

Tangier 57 – There is a World

A music video for a band I was in, from 2012.