Friday, November 05, 2010
JaguarShoes is a collective of creatively
motivated businesses and individuals working in art, film, fashion,
music, publishing and design of exhibitions and bespoke products
from the finest creative hands (and minds).
The JaguarShoes Collective studio is located in Shoreditch, East
London where the close proximity of their related businesses
has formed a hub for creative output that draws like-minded people
from all over the world.
The Mill's mcbess was invited to create 'La
Viande' an exhibition along with (some bloke) to decorate the old
La Viande is a show about meat! All meat from red meat, ribs,
rib eye, sirloin, fillet, entrecote, T-bones, New York strip,
tournedos, porterhouse. McBess explains: "We talked about the show
with Vickie Hayward who's the Creative Director of JaguarShoes
Collective and the Old Shoreditch station, and decided that the
best theme for it would be MEAT. I prepared some artworks for it
and decided to paint directly on the walls; the goal was to change
the mood of the bar with wallpaper and installation instead of
doing an exhibition of work. I invited a few close friends of mine
to work on the show as well, to tie everything up everybody had to
work in strictly black and white and had to talk about meat. We
spent 3 days there, drawing on wall, cutting steaks out of foam,
doing collaborations … Everyone who participated was an illustrator
but Martial is the only one who has a real experience in street
art, I worked with him on a show before and it's inspiring every
time, that made us want to take the paint and wreck the wall even
Check out an exclusive behind the scenes look at mcbess at
Friday, November 05, 2010
We are now over halfway through series 3 of BBC One's Merlin and
have done some really exciting stuff already. Battling skeletons, a
huge army attacking Camelot, lots of action with the Great Dragon
and a fully CG talking Goblin to name a few.
Last week's episode - The Eye of the Phoenix - had a large variety
of stuff too. We created some great digital matte paintings
of the Perilous Lands and the Dark Tower, the home of the Fisher
King. There had to be 3 views of this so we did this in 3D.
Below is an original storyboard for the shot:
From this, we created this initial concept for the Dark
And in close up:
Here is the final shot as it appeared in the episode:
We also created the Wyverns, nasty black dragon-like creatures
with glowing red eyes.
This is an early concept illustration:
They were based on the Great Dragon model initially but become
something unique quite quickly. Really lithe and evil as they chase
Arthur into the Dark Tower where, as usual Merlin saves the day,
this time with the help of Gwaine.
Here is how the textured model looked:
These were also quite a challenge but we were all really happy
with the results.
The episode culminates in Merlin's encounter with the Fisher King
who disappears in a whirlwind of rags and dust. This was based on
an effect we had done before with CG rags and cloth with CG
swirling smoke, and practical wind-blown elements, but was closer
up and more drawn out than before.
Check out the BBC's official Merlin website to catch up
on any episodes you might have missed (how could you?!) and to
learn more about the magical kingdom of Camelot and its
residents. And look out for more of Mill TV's magic in this
week's episode (in particular the Manticore!) tomorrow at
7.40pm on BBC One.
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Fantastic new TRON Legacy Music Video, the soundtrack for the
movie being done by Daft Punk - very exciting. Out in 3D at IMAX on
Dec17th (I think). Digital
Trends - Daft Punks - TRON
iMovie 11 - will now fix your rolling shutter woes. As you may be
aware that when filming moving image on a CMOS sensor, you do get
some odd wobbling images when panning from the left to right and
back, due to the way the image is recorded from the top to the
bottom. Amazingly iMovie 11 (free with new macs from now on and
available with iLife 11 for £50) has the ability to fix it, with 4
levels of adjustments. Engaget.com
'The King and the Beaver'
Le Royaume from Sébastien Hary on Vimeo.
Brilliant short written, directed and animated by Nuno Alves
Rodrigues, Oussama Bouachéria, Julien Chheng, Sébastien Hary,
Aymeric Kevin, Ulysse Malassagne & Franck Monier for their
student graduating film 2010 at Gobelins, L'école de l'image.
Music by Mathieu Alvado.
This is beautiful, shot on a combo of Canon & Red. TimeScapes
by Tom Lowe
TimeScapes: Rapture from
Tom Lowe @ Timescapes on
And this is interesting - 'Dead Drops' is an anonymous, offline,
peer to peer file-sharing network in public space. Dead Drops
They've just released the first 3 pics of the forthcoming Tintin
movie which is computer animated over motion capture (and of course
in 3D), starring performances from the likes of Daniel Craig, Jaime
Bell (Tintin) Andy Serkis (Captain Haddock). The live action was
directed by Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson is directing the
animation: Empire Online
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Hello and welcome to The Mill's new website and blog! We hope
you'll find an interesting array of different people, media and
work from the creative world for you to review and comment on, or
just simply have a good read.
We launch with a quick roundup of what we are up to at the moment,
from what we'll be doing at this year's Creative Review Click event
with our digital team's data visualisation project; we'll be
bringing you a regular feature from Neil Evely our head of
operations at Mill Clipstone Street, who will be looking at what is
going on with creative technology from around the web!
Plus later in the week, Mill TV's Barney Curnow will be demoing how we
brought to life some of the monstrous creatures from BBC One's new
series of Merlin. And last but by no means least; we'll be
having a look at mcbess' - La Viande - exhibition at JaguarShoes where we have behind
the scenes footage of mcbess painting the old Shoreditch station
with renowned artist Martial, Manuel, Dr Mushroom, mooe and
We hope you enjoy it and look forward to hearing your thoughts and