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July 24, 2013

Monsters University

Welp, the movie has been out for over a month and my blog has been silent for nearly ten. So I thought I’d post a lil blurb on Monsters University — my first credit for Pixar!

monstersu

I worked on Monsters University in the Camera & Staging department for nearly a year, and it was a pretty amazing experience. I’ve been working with some of the most welcoming and talented people I’ve ever met, and I’ve been doing my best to just absorb. I feel like I’ve learned a little bit about a whole lot of things, from storytelling to shot design, from studio management to how to best to mix six cereals together.

I contributed to several sequences in the film, and I’m definitely proud of the work I’ve done. One scene in particular was “shot” entirely by yours truly! And hundreds of thousands of theater-goers out in the real world have experienced it! The coolness still blows my mind.

Not sure at what point I’ll be able to show the work that I’ve done specifically, but I’ll be looking into that. I’d love to show a layout / final comparison…

Since finishing work on Monsters University, I’ve been bouncing between three other projects, including the next Pixar feature “The Good Dinosaur,” and the 22-minute TV Special, “Toy Story of Terror.”

toystoryofterror

What’s kinda cool about the above promo still is I got to be the one to frame it up. Looking at it now, I feel like I should’ve tilted down a bit more and lost some of Woody’s hat.

Ehhh, maybe. I don’t really know what I’m doing, actually. Pixar just hasn’t realized it yet!

Until the next update.

Posted By: Colin Levy @ 3:49 pm
Categories: Musings,News,Projects

Not too long after the release of “The Secret Number,” I was turned on to an interesting web enterprise called Tongal, which basically is in the business of crowd-sourcing video advertisements for major brands.

I thought it was a cool concept, and I thought I’d throw my hat in the ring for an advertisement for NASA’s Zero Robotics Challenge. I teamed up with a few colleagues from work, and this is what we came up with in 30 days:

We won second place in the contest. So consider this experiment a success!

Posted By: Colin Levy @ 12:18 am

My senior film The Secret Number has been in the works for nearly two years. And now it’s finally online!

Lemme know what you think. We’ve got a Visual Effects Breakdown, Behind the Scenes, and Previs Comparison Reel up on YouTube as well.

And check out the official site! http://secretnumber.colinlevy.com

Posted By: Colin Levy @ 10:22 am
Categories: Projects

Wanted to post a different sort of VFX breakdown which shows a bit more *process*.

Over a year ago I spent a few weeks on the logo for my not-quite-real production company “Lightning Hill Pictures”, which I’ve branded a few of my films with.

Going through my drives, looking for stuff to clear off, I came across a lot of renders and elements for the logo that showed how this thing evolved. I thought some folks might find it interesting!

Lightning Hill Pictures – Logo Progression Reel from Colin Levy on Vimeo.

Still a few things I would change about the logo, but overall I think it came together quite nicely!

Let me know what you think.

Posted By: Colin Levy @ 6:02 pm
Categories: News,Projects

Finally got around to cutting a trailer for my short, The Secret Number! The film is nearly done.

Trailer music cue is “Redemption” by Zack Hemsey, used with permission.
http://zackhemsey.com

For most folks, this is the first glimpse of any of the actual footage from the film. Let me know what you think!

Posted By: Colin Levy @ 1:56 pm
Categories: News,Projects

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