Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Website update!

My website is now nice and updated and ready to get me some work! Check it out

http://matthewwierenga89.wix.com/showreel

World Traveller

After graduating I worked like a dog and saved and saved and eventually had enough money to travel round the world! The trip was fantastic and one of the best times I have ever had in my life. I won’t go into too much detail as you can check out my facebook for all of the information and cool stuff I did but some particular highlights include:

  • Bungee Jumping 216m on the Garden Route in South Africa
  • Addo Elephant Park & Ingwelala & The Kruger Park all amazing game driving experiences
  • Great White Shark Cage Diving at Seal Island
  • Feeding Dolphins at Shark Bay
  • Snorkelling The Great Barrier Reef
  • Going to Hobbiton & Weta
  • Whale Watching

I’ll post some photos below but check out my facebook albums were there are tons more if you want to see! Hope to be posting more fun things up here once I’ve got myself settled and moved up to Kingston, I’ve got lots of interesting ideas all ready for making!













Marionette

Away for a very long time...



I have been busy and away from blogger for a larger period of time now and really need to get back into the habit of making frequent posts! Since my last post in my second year of the BA (Hons) Animation Production course I have gone on to make a graduate film and graduate myself! Since then I saved up and travelled round the entire world and now find myself back at my parent’s new house in Manaccan, Cornwall. The next two post will get this blog back up to scratch and up to date starting with my third year and the increasingly successful stop motion short Marionette!


My pitch was a bit rushed after China and was not picked by my fellow third years to be made into a film so I hastily rounded on what I thought were the best looking films for my talents and was picked by Tom and Frayah onto the wonderful pitch of Marionette at that point a working title (obviously it stuck) We then spent the rest of the year, alongside fellow third year Carmen developing the story and ideas and working it into a storyboard. We then took the storyboard and developed that into an Animatic and started to get in contact with music and sound designers to produce some sound for the short film. My job on the film was to produce, animate, design and build sets, characters and props alongside developing the story and working on the shots in terms of lights and camera angles. The film stuck to its schedule and small budget and was successfully completed by the end of the year. I could not be more proud of how it came out; it was a wonderful experience and hopefully one that I can repeat! Below I will post up some of my work and favourite bits from the production of Marionette!









Some final shots at the end, and now some extra fun reference videos and images!



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I also got the great experience of working on a eight week course taught by two Framestore employees. The course was fantastic and really opened up my eyes to the post production world and the way it all works. The course was fundamental in getting Marionette finished as we had no idea how to remove rigs and work post shots into final products so it really saved the day, as did hundreds of hours spent by myself and Tom learning Nuke and slogging our way through all of the shots.



Marionette link below!



http://vimeo.com/66817790


I should also mention that Marionette to this date has now been nominated for over 10 awards and in a total of 16 festivals which is amazing! Go Team Marionette!