Category Archives: 3d Design

Chill Reel 2012

Haven’t posted anything in a while, so what better way to get back into the swing of things than putting up my first ever showreel! Featuring new work, including what I had been busy working on for Defected Records.

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Miles Donovan Presentation

I decided to create a short introduction animation to the presentation I filmed and edited. This is the first project in 3d where I have used more than just basic primitive shapes!

Thank you to Neil Randerwala for assistance in setting up and Matt Watson for filming with the second camera (close-up, moving camera).

This is the longest piece I have edited, clocking in at 1 hour 10mins and 40seconds.

The 10 second animation at the start took exactly 76 hours, 18mins and 30seconds to render.

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Miles Donovan (Part I)

Miles Donovan (Part II)

The leaves that I added blown by wind at the very start were probably more of a pain to do than they were worth. The leaves kept on passing through the wall of my classroom and zooming past my shot inside. There was no reason for some of them to go through as others were stopped by it. I ended up having to layer many more walls outside of our view so that they wouldn’t pass through.

This is the overall scene I built from a distance.

I photographed most of the textures whilst walking around the block.

The classroom is roughly modelled to the real classroom we filmed in.

The screenshot above and below shows how I have tried to roughly match the end of the intro animation with the start frame of the film edit.

Who is Miles Donovan?

Taken from –

‘Hello, I’m Miles Donovan, i’m an illustrator and member of Peepshow Collective. My work has been used internationally for editorial and advertising clients including The New York Times, Creative Review, Guardian, Telegraph, Airtran and Qantas. You can find my illustrations in the books ‘Illusive’, ‘The Fundamentals of Illustration’, ‘Pen and Mouse’ and ‘Illustration Play’. With Peepshow I’ve worked on design, art direction and animation projects for BBC, Nike, Channel Four, Philips, Toyota, Redbee Media, Diesel, and The Victoria & Albert Museum. I’m represented by the good people at Art Department in New York and Serlin Associates in London and Paris.’


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Miles Donovan Talk (update)

I have all the clips from the other camera that we used now so I can get busy and start editing.

I have decided to animate some short clips here and there throughout the talk to make it even more engaging. I have started making a little intro. The idea here is that camera zooms through a classroom into a simple 3d respresentation of the first starting shot, which will then switch into real life footage. I need to add colour and detail but it is on its way!

It is a rough estimation of what the actual classroom we filmed in looks like.

It is the first time I have made anything that isn’t created from primitive shapes. I don’t think I went about it the right way, but I managed to get it how I wanted it to look!

More to come very soon!

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Two New Animations!

So it’s been quiet for a week and a half on my blog but I have a very meaty post to make up for it!

Made out of my love for putting berries in most of the drinks I have!

Technical details –
Made in – Cinema 4d, Premiere
Render Time est. – 15 hours


This video started as an idea to make a funny short animation that would last around 8 seconds in which the girl gets squished under the weight of what she is carrying.

Whilst working on it other ideas came to mind and I kept on expanding upon my original idea, turning it into, hopefully, an animation with an inspiring and motivating message.

All photos, animation, 3d design and sound effects were created by me.

Camera used – Canon 7d
Programmes used – After Effects, Cinema 4d, Illustrator, Premiere & Photoshop

Music – Foo Fighters – Walk

Photos used –
Screenshot of the flag in c4d –


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The other half of my planned berry composition, now to make it into a whole!

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This is half of my planned composition for my upcoming berry short. The other half will be blackberries.

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Happy Halloween! Here are a couple of pictures of the pumpkin I made for tonight. It is also a bit of a hint for the next bit of motion graphics im working on! (if you can guess who the character is!)

As well as carving pumpkins I have been working on a short motion piece that involves raspberries and blackberries (as I eat them all the time!) Here is a preview.

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Windmill Continued (2)

Continuation of my windmill modelling. A small update this time, I have added a door in the windmill, sorted the landscape out and added people. Any feedback on what to add or what to change is welcome as always.

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Windmill Continued

Continuation of my windmill modelling. I am pleased with how it is taking shape and am even adding extra little details. Ignore the weird spikey stuff in the background, experimenting with what the landscape can be! Any feedback on what to add or what to change is welcome as always.

After messing about with the landscape so much, with trying to get it to bend to allow space for the steps I have messed the smoothness up a bit, so this needs fixing (though at a distance it looks fine, like above). The surrounding wall is looking good, Iwill need to jig some blocks so that it is not so ‘samey’ all the way around.


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Windmill Start

I like windmills. I decided to start making a windmill and this is the stage im at so far. Im hoping to make it into a short piece of motion graphics. I’m working hard to make other short motion bits and bobs so that I can produce the best show reel I can make! My blog has been very quiet, this is about to change!

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