Crashing the Tow Truck Part 2


I’ve been cranking away at these shots. This sequence is turning out pretty nice.

I’m playing with some rendering options, but I still like the monochromatic feel with simple shadows and the line rendering that’s classic SketchUp. The image was too static in the original output so I took into Photoshop and put some motion blur on it.

Okay back to work. I must finish this scene today.

RIP Rory Root 1957-2008


I just found out that Rory Root has passed. Rory has been a figure in my life since I was a teen; first at The Best of Two Worlds and then more significantly when he opened Comic Relief. I had always loved comics -having been first introduced to Spiderman, Iron Man and others at the age of eight. So Rory’s store practically became the center in my world. Berkeley wasn’t just Berkeley, it was the place where the best damn comic book store lived. That store opened my eyes to all things comics and most importantly the art of it all.

To this day the Eisner and Schuiten prints I purchased from him 20 years ago still hang my my walls.

Rory you will be missed.

More Skeleton on Skeleton Action!

The other day I posted some images of a skeleton that I rigged for posing. Here’s a video of how the posing works.


Here’s how I build a rig and set up the hierarchy in SU (the video Simon posted above shows how I pose) –

Instructions using a car as an example (you can even download the model used in the post):


My SU Posing video:

Skeleton on Skeleton Action

I needed a skeleton today. Not having time to build one, I grabbed one from the Sketchup 3D Warehouse. Not sure if the actual model will make it into the finish product, I might make a new one. Regardless, I built a posing rig for it and set it up in the scene.

(the model was created by nico_sketcher)

skeleton3_mod.jpg skeleton3_com.jpg skeleton3_rig.jpg


The Wayback Machine: Cinematography

I’ve been in a shooting mood ever since the whole Red One shoot. Last weekend I dug up my old cinematography reel. This is just a small smattering of the work I’ve done over the years. The reel is intended to show each film in an interesting arc rather than just a jumble of shots.

As always the youtube version is a bit muddy.

The Big Red One

Last Sunday was a nerd fest.

Nerds: Me, Charlie and Mary Angela
Rig: Red One Camera (
Subject: Pacific Coast Dream Machines (

(I don’t know a camera person who doesn’t like a picture of himself with fancy tech)
picture by Mary Angela

Charlie, Mary Angela and I went out and “tested” the Red One camera out in the field. Tested is in quotes because Charlie just grabbed the rig (from his workplace) last minute, we put the erector set of a camera together and we headed out to the Pacific Coast Dream Machines show in Half Moon Bay. No testing, no charts, nothing. We shot at 2k and at 7500 color temp.

And was it fun? Read more

FINISHED (for now) Transport Truck!

I’m keeping this short. This transport if finished. Finished that is; until I find some gaps in the modeling when I put the comic together. Yeah, yeah, I keep talking about this comic thing, and yes, I don’t blame you if your mind conjures the word “vapor”  every time you hear the title, “Fuel & Fire”.


I also made a flatbed version. 


The renders do not quite show all the little details I have been slowly (anything slower than a snails crawl?) finishing up on this beast.

Perhaps, Hanford put it best, when he described my work as an exercise in doing and not exactly finishing. It’s a toy that I play with – and not one that I can actually play with, but one that I dream of touching and driving.

I need a 3D printer.