Motion Graphic Designers are often judged on their showreels and back in 2014 this was pretty damn good. Why is my showreel so old? I’ve been busy designing beautiful frames, perfecting every motion curve and solving problems for my clients. Still, I am proud of this showreel and all of the creative that went into it. You will find work from the MTV Video Music Awards, Soul Train Awards, Sephora United States of Manhattan and a whole lot more!
MTV Video Music Awards
The Mill+ team designed, directed and executed original concept for the MTV 2013 Video Music Awards' graphics and title package, presented live from Barclays Center, Brooklyn.
The concept was drawn off the KAWS moonman and its environmental reflections - illuminating a side of Brooklyn that's both beautiful and toxic simultaneously.
Footage was captured in both a run-and-gun style to illustrate Brooklyn's people and happenings. More planned shoots were captured using a Red EPIC, including 180 degree skylines, time lapse streets and more. Those moments were paired with a clean, modern, energetic typographic system and some field-captured sound design. The result was an unexpected homage to the early, experimental days of MTV which still felt fresh; rooted in the here and now.
Broken & Coastal
I am the Founder and Creative Director of Broken & Coastal, an independent magazine for cyclists with courage—the non-traditionalists and the rule breakers who dare to live life outdoors.
Each issue aims to inspire motion, fostering the drive inside us all to keep going, push harder, and pedal further.
I wear many hats at Broken & Coastal....
Conceptualizing the look and feel of the magazine.
Strategizing and managing content to align with our publishing schedule.
Build and manage professional relationships with photographers, designers, writers and athletes.
- Develop marketing and advertising strategies for the magazine and it’s partners.
Album cover for Bay Area based Jazz ensemble ISS Trio.
Logo designs for my Brooklyn based animation project.
For the 2016 Portland Design Week, AEPDX, 3dPDX, and VFX/PDX teamed up to showcase an event at the Artist Repertory Theater in downtown Portland. 26 artists with varied backgrounds in animation and film were selected to contribute in this collaborative show entitled “Alphabest”.
Channeling the sadness of death and the beauty of birth Christopher found inspiration in the words of Paramahansa Yogananda.
"The ocean of Spirit has become the little bubble of my soul. Whether floating in birth, or disappearing in death, in the ocean of cosmic awareness the bubble of my life cannot die. I am indestructible consciousness, protected in the bosom of Spirit’s immortality."
In approaching the project, Christopher wanted to feature the stillness of life and let the audience drift weightlessly in it’s dreamscape. The project was meticulously crafted in Maxxon’s Cinema 4D, then graded in Adobe Lightroom and finished in Adobe After Effects.
Composer Aaron Ransley arranged the soundtrack in Abelton Live 9 using stock plugins, with additional compressors, reverbs, and EQs from the Native Instruments Komplete 9 suite. Using a portable recorder Aaron captured the ambience responses from various rooms. Assorted swells and tones were created by recording, stretching, and layering a tenor ukulele and an electric guitar. For the detailed and intimate piano notes he used Una Corda, a sampled piano from Nils Frahm, David Klavins, and Native Instruments.
THE PURIST PROJECT
Stay Fed lives and breathes cycling. It’s our obsession. It’s our escape. It’s everything to us. So what better way to use our talents then to have some fun and design a water bottle!
Our bottles are silk screened at Specialized Bicycles in California using their world renowned Purists bottles. The end result was a beautiful bottle that can be used both on and off the bicycle. We sent them to our friends and clients.