Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Elwood in the Kitchen

A rough first test for an effect I'm going to be using for my Masters project. There's a lot wrong with it but I discuss it all on my other blog: upsidethebox.blogspot.com/2010/11/first-compositing-test.html

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Stepping Back

I just made a new banner for this blog, and at the same time changed the name from "my sketch blog", one I only kept because I liked how the words fitted together. I've had it for four years now, time for a change. Remember when the blog used to look like this? Simpler times...

Friday, 19 November 2010


Something I started a while ago and realised I'd never posted online...

I made these by imitating a very shallow depth of field (along with a few other effects). It was inspired by this video:

I don't think I'm going to invest in any tilt shift equipment, but I'm interesting in trying it out with video using the same digital effects I used for these photos.

None of these photos were taken with this effect in mind so some work better than others. I need to do some research & experimentation, but I thiiink telephoto shots work better than wide ones when it comes to reducing the perceived scale. Or the position of the camera might be more important - shots looking down rather than straight on.

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Time Displacement

Playing around with time displacement effects on a flat piece of footage. No compositing.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Making of Trooper

A behind the scenes look my degree film Trooper. As part of the submission we had to produce a 'making of' film documenting the production process. A few folk have expressed interest in seeing it so I've uploaded it.

This was made right at the end of production when I was pretty worn out, so much as I tried, I don't sound very alive. Maybe I'll hire a narrator to re-do it...

Making of Trooper from Mark Haldane on Vimeo.

Monday, 8 November 2010

Sunday Sketchgroup

Most of my drawings from today. The first two pages didn't scan right (ink/contrast issue) and weren't good enough to warrant a redo.

Saturday, 6 November 2010


I've got some more drawings from this class and the previous one, but they're on A3 paper so I won't get them here till I get access to an A3 scanner or get them in good light for a photo. Or I could scan them as two A4s and stitch them together, but that's not happened yet.