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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Video of The Albertans in concert.

Had fun filming these guys live at a couple of their shows. Definitely check out their other songs. thealbertans.com

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Portrait of Michel Gondry the director of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Found some time this weekend to do a little Photoshop painting. Reminds me that I need to re-watch Eternal Sunshine.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Catching Frogs on a Sunday Afternoon(click the image to go to my Vimeo account for best quality)

My brother, my nephew and a couple of my friends went out frog catching to see what specimens we could identify. I brought my Canon 7D along to practice shooting and to test out a couple of lenses I picked up for ten dollars at Value Village. (Konica Hexanon AR 50mm F1.7 and Zenit Helios 58mm F2 mounted with a modified body cap.) After this test, I feel pretty happy with not having spent a couple thousand dollars on new lenses. See for yourself.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A Portrait of the Strange and Wonderful Author Neil Gaiman

Sick at home today, so I figured I'd muck-around in Photoshop.
Been Reading Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere...feeling inspired.
It looks a lot better big so click.
Oh and if Neil happens to be reading this, I would be more than okay with doing art for you... haha!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Said The Whale Visit Bowen Island!

Said The Whale Visit Bowen Island! from Adrien Deggan on Vimeo.

Kai Wiese (grade 8) approached the lead singer of the band, Ben Worcester, as he walked out of work. Kai asked him for a moment of his time and presented him with a poster covered with IPS student signatures and Royal Seed photos. He invited the band, on behalf of his classmates, to come to Bowen to help them raise money for their Ghanian pen pals (through our grassroots non profit Bowen Shares)

Who would have imagined they would accept - especially after their recent Juno award.

But Said the Whale said YES.

Here is the short film segment I put together!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

New Job!

Just started working for Klei Entertainment doing backgrounds! Super stoked about it!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Mote Guilliard!!! The advent of flight.... Play it full screen so you can read all the text!

(A camera, friends and nothing better to do was all. Oh... and a giant paper plane!)
Devin, Sam and I made this in the course of two days just for laughs.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Kitchen Stop-Motion Set

Most of the props are either made from wood, Bristol board or Sculpty.

This is one of my earlier sets the walls are simply Bristol board.

All the walls are removable to allow for easy camera access.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

New Characters

The Crop Father

House Mouse

Rush Hour...

Neighboring Wizard!

Erudite Dog
Trying out a new technique/style. Lots of lasso tool.
These are better large...so click!

Stop Motion Animation Set for the short film called The Prisoner

The Prisoner (Trailer) from Adrien Deggan on Vimeo.

All the walls are removable to allow easy access for the camera. I built them out of thin plywood, shaped foam, stones from the beach and lots of plaster and paint. For the detail in the foam I used a hot iron to carve it out. That was a lot of fun however I would suggest doing this outdoors. The fumes are really unpleasant.

The door I made out of rough cedar and the hings out of hammered out nails. The rust is authentic. I simply added some acid to accelerate the process.

Detail of the prisoner's bed made from a piece of burlap and dried grasses. You can see on the edge the iron grating I used for the ground. This enabled me to place earth magnets (really strong magnets) underneath the set to anchor the puppet's feet in place.

Detail of the graffiti on the cell wall.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Three Giant Paper Airplanes and a Sapphire.

(The preparations rage on for the Behind Sapphire music video.)

The Recipe... (Thanks to my brother Tristan for the pictures)
#1 Cardboard from the recycling depot and from Opus.

#2 Paper the edges to hide the corrugation.

#3 Three coats of wall paint. (Surreptitiously stolen from dad's stash.)

#4 A living room full of giant stuff drying.

#5 Let your little brother test out your creations. Of course as Tristan was running around the yard with a giant paper plane the neighbors came out to ask when we were testing it from the roof.

More to come...
Here are the two videos produced using these props. Check them out:

Friday, January 14, 2011

Building a Giant Nest With the Deggan Brothers.

This is the giant nest for the music video my photographer friend Amanda Oakes and I are working on for the band Behind Sapphire.
The song I am doing is called Big Steps and it's about growing up....hence the nest, which will appear at the beginning of the video. My little brother Tristan decided he wanted to help out.
This is what we did...

Okay we cheated. We started by using some old fence wire to give us a basic structure.

Then we cleared our friend's and neighbor's yards of sticks...lots of sticks. We didn't receive any protests only a few offers for garden work. The locals started to wonder what we were doing driving around with the car roof rack piled high with sticks.

Slowly we weaved the cedar branches...

The deer showed up to see what we were up to.

Here it is all finished. One big bird's nest! On the day we are going to line the bottom of it with dead leaves.
It's pretty massive. About 2 meters across.

To listen to the song visit Behind Sapphire on Myspace and click on Big Steps.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Behind Sapphire-- Big Steps

Filmed this music video last summer with some friends on Bowen Island, in Gastown and on Spanish Banks.
We used two Canon 7D and a variety of lenses. All the props aka giant airplanes and giant nest were made by me. Had to collect a few sticks for the nest.

Anyways enjoy!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Unintentional Self Portrait.

No no, I swear I did not mean this to look like me.
It just sort of ended up that way.... I'm still working on this I'm not too sure about the halo around the head...

Music Poster Job

Looks a lot better bigger so click!