Monday, December 28, 2009

Model & Sculpture Work

So, in addition to the 2 dimensional work and photography seen in these pages (archive menu to the right--->),
I can also add that third dimension for some extra on-screen or real life punch.

Here are some forced perspective miniatures I've done for a few independent films:

Mezo-American pyramid.

Many people assume I'd built a full sized horse for this shot, but it's only about 12" across.

The Soviet missile silo looked awesome on film, especially with the actors interacting with it.

Yet the missile itself was just a vodka bottle and the actors were about a quarter mile away from it - so far we had to direct them via cell phone. This shot was done entirely in-camera.

and this is a small set piece carved from foam:

This is an alien skull hand carved from foam. It's probably about 20" long.

And here we go the other direction with full sized sculpture:

This statue was 7' tall.

Soon I'll be building a miniature steam cargo ship for a series of three short films, but I suspect 'miniature' will just be a technical term as I suspect it'll end up being pretty big. Watch for a blog entry with photos once those projects have all been screened around late April 2010.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Work in progress

Analogue, Baby.

This is a request by the subject, not a commission. I'm taking a short break from those to do this, just to keep up my moral - no innuendo intended.

The finished product will eventually show up in the slideshow in the previous post here. Have a look back there... often!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Caricature Slideshow

Here's a bunch of recent ones I've done. More will be added automatically as they're completed, so check back often!

Just press 'play'.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

"You're a teacher?!"

"Part time!"

Actually, I am... part time.

I teach a full day 'No Budget Props and Special Effects' workshop for
the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers and have about twice a year since 2001. It's all about old time, in-camera special effects that work with either film or video.

I just taught a workshop to a full house a few weeks ago which seemed to go over quite well. I talk a lot about miniatures and forced perspective and such, and making props -seems everyone wants to know about the gore- I even made a Pepper's Ghost model in about ten minutes time with a scrap cardboard box, a CD case and a few flashlights. That one blew them away. It's so cool to impress people with a thrown together effect that they can see before their eyes. It was a good group for sure.

They keep asking me back and people keep coming. Couldn't ask for more.

Here's a little pre-workshop blurb the CSIF placed on their Production Blog.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

But wait, there's more!

I am also a storyboard artist. You've seen projects I've worked on, no doubt.

I storyboarded the famous Isuzu Rodeo "Go Farther" commercial*, and the Ford Expedition "All of the Above" commercial in 1996 for Phyllis Koenig of Steifel & Associates, and numerous projects before and after that, notably for CBC's "North of 60" as well as on many independent films.

Here are some examples of actual storyboards. These aren't typically framed and they have a 16mm film or television aspect ratio rather than the 35mm cinema aspect ratio.

Click on the images above for a larger view.

As always, if interested, email me for a quote for your project.

*I wasn't allowed to keep a copy of the Isuzu storyboards due to signing a non-disclosure agreement.

Some of my recent favourites

Risqué but Tasteful Photography:

click on image for larger view.

So what's this all about?

I'm Mr. Sable*. I draw caricatures in portraits or scenes.

That's what I do.

If you want one of your own, you've come to the right place.

This Blog will be mostly about that, and maybe about other things as well.

I also teach No-Budget Props and Special Effects. As well I do freelance photography (portraiture and boudoir, specializing in 'character' work and in candids at shows and performances), freelance graphic design, and small gauge film cinematography and videography.

You'll see more as it happens.
-Mr. Sable

*Well, not really. That's more of a stage name, but it's how people know me. Get used to it; I did.