1. As Rod Serling would say, "Submitted for your approval...", here's my old Visual Effects Demo Reel from December 2004...mostly work for Full Moon Pictures (I was VFX Director there) and for Unified Film Org (I was VFX Coordinator)...encompasses only digital FX I did between 1998 and 2004...lots of traditional work came before and some traditional and mostly digital has come since...one of these days I should put a new one together.

    This is about 4 dozen shots out of thousands I did that up to that point were interesting enough to include...an awful lot of the others were just "fixing it in Post". Note also that all CGI creature animated elements were done by other artists...and be WARNED there are nasty huge snake guts spilling in one shot. Heh.

    Music is "Never There" by Cake

    Ant animated by Bradley Mullinex
    Scorpions animated by Brad Wallace
    Python by many animators at UFO
    Guts are foam rubber bits and stage blood shot in the UFO parking lot (with Mike Mcgee's help)
    Yes that's William Shatner, Martin Lawrence, Steve Zahn, Paris Hilton, etc.
    The water was shot on big black miniature sets (built by Ernie Sheldon and your's truly) to match actual full size sets...I know, "huh?".
    Yes, many of these films stink...hopefully you won't blame me ;-)

    Copyright ©2004 John R. Ellis. All rights reserved.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_R._Ellis
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0254918/

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  2. Inspired by a childhood spent on the beaches of Cornwall building castles, boats and tunnels in the sand, I decided to return to my favourite beach at Caerhays on the south coast of Cornwall to produce a stool using a primitive form of sand-casting. Molten pewter was poured into a sand mould sculpted directly into the beach by hand, and once cooled the sand was dug away to reveal a pewter stool.

    By Max Lamb

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  3. I filmed my daughter every week, from birth up until she turned 12 years old
    an then made this time lapse edit in FCP. The music and tune is made by myself with GarageBand samples.

    # vimeo.com/40448182 Uploaded 8.2M Plays 331 Comments
  4. In an abandoned beach house, a solitary girl finds a mysterious camera that reveals something unexpected.

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    "Perfect in its simplicity, beautiful and haunting in its visuals, The Camera is a reminder that a great film is in everyone’s grasp, as long as he/she has the creative capacity and appropriate willpower to drop pretension, and quite simply, make something." —Short of the Week

    "From its delicate shot composition to an emotionally stirring score, Peter Lewis‘s The Camera is a crash course in great filmmaking." —Film School Rejects Short Film of the Day

    "A compelling example of what’s possible when perseverance and resourcefulness meet." —DirectorsNotes.com

    "Awesome ... 'The Camera' proves that beautiful movies can be made simply and makes you want to get out and make your own!" —Mitch Aunger, planet5D

    "Haunting" —FStoppers.com

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    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheCameraShortFilm
    Behance: http://bit.ly/Yhsthe
    Follow me on twitter: @thispeterlewis
    Listen to the original score here: https://soundcloud.com/peterlewismusic/the-camera-original-score-1

    Aside from a few unfinished running-around-in-the-woods-with-guns experiments from my early teens, this is my first film. I made it because I love all the different aspects of filmmaking, because I was tired of my fear of failure, and because I wanted to see what would happen if I just finished one. Maybe this will lead to bigger and better films; maybe not. Either way I learned something.

    The story was largely born from its constraints. It had to be doable in my free time, and I had to be able to shoot it during my vacation in Nags Head, NC—with a budget of only $50, to cover the props (I'd previously owned the Canon T2i, lenses, and Logic Pro, and used the free 30-day trial of FCPX). I wanted it to be a simple story with a mysterious twist or two.

    I got lots of advice from fellow filmmakers—Andrew, Mitchell, Kyle, Brian, Shepherd, Drew, David, and others. If you like the film, thank you Andrew, Mitchell, Kyle, Brian, Shepherd, Drew, and David. If you thought it was rubbish, they only tried to make it better than it was. And thanks again to Abbie and Gabe, without whose talents I couldn't have made it.

    Some have asked about Emily; the film wasn't written about her (she passed away while it was in post-production), but she was a dear friend of my family and many others, and it was an honor to dedicate it to her memory.

    Many of you know far more about filmmaking than I do, so please feel free to offer any critique.

    The Lights Film School blog interviewed me about the making of the film and overcoming fear of failure: http://www.lightsfilmschool.com/blog/short-film-canon-t2i-low-budget/1780/

    FILM FESTIVALS
    - HollyShorts
    - DC Shorts
    - Beloit International Film Festival
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    - Blue Lab Creative Industries Symposium
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    - Shortcutz International Short Film Exhibition
    - Rochester Museum of Fine Arts Short Film Series
    - Filmbooth International Short Film Screening (Gurgaon, India)
    - Surrey International Film Festival
    - Winner, Best of Fest, Fandana Film Festival
    - Festival du Film de Vacances
    - Low Country Indie Shorts
    - Choice Cuts (London)
    - Write.Shoot.Cut
    - MudasFest
    - Shortlisted for the Forster Film Festival
    - ClujShorts International Short Film Festival
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    FEATURED
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    - Digital Convergence podcast (http://tinyurl.com/l3a5jxml)
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    Also used in Basic Cinematography and Reflexive Film classes at universities including Syracuse.

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    Director / DP / Editor / Composer / Colorist / Sound Designer / Foley: PETER LEWIS
    Girl: ABBIE LEWIS
    Boy: GABE LEWIS

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    Camera: Canon Rebel EOS 550D T2i
    Lenses: Canon 50mm 1.4, Tamron 28-200mm
    Editing / Color Grading: Final Cut Pro X
    Sound Design / Foley / Original Score: Logic Pro 9
    Polaroid film: The Impossible Project

    # vimeo.com/32655795 Uploaded 273K Plays 288 Comments
  5. Created to inspire by Michael Marantz: michaelmarantz.com - twitter.com/michaelmarantz
    Produced by Already Alive alreadyalive.com

    Imagine the future as a movie, consider this a trailer to that movie.

    The future excites me so much, that is why I made this. We need to be inspired by the immense possibilities of the future and work extremely hard to achieve them. We can do it, we just have to commit.

    Help inspire others by sharing this video and tagging any interesting content on twitter with #TheFutureIsOurs

    Text from the Launchgram Manifesto: launchgram.com/manifesto

    Music by Michael Marantz: soundcloud.com/michaelmarantz/the-future-is-ours

    Thank you so much to the amazing vimeo community who supported this piece and allowed me to use their footage.

    Special footage credits:

    Variable - wearevariable.com
    Infinity List - infinitylist.com
    Patrick Lawler - vimeo.com/patricklawler

    CREDITS FOR FOUND FOOTAGE AND SPEECHES (in order of apperance)
    “Abundance is our Future” TED talk by Peter Diamandis ted.com/talks/peter_diamandis_abundance_is_our_future.html
    “Hawaii’s Clouds” by Michael Marantz - vimeo.com/40250952
    “Slow it Down” by Sacha Powell - vimeo.com/35668241
    President Ronald Reagan - Address on the Challenger Disaster - youtube.com/watch?v=gEjXjfxoNXM
    “Earth” by Michael König - vimeo.com/32001208
    “Solar Roadways” - vimeo.com/40095422
    “Solar Powered EV Parking” - vimeo.com/17408340
    Planetory Resources Video - youtube.com/watch?v=7fYYPN0BdBw
    Neil DeGrasse Tyson address Congress - youtube.com/watch?v=Xhc25v0DpJc
    “Holi” by Variable - vimeo.com/40123818
    Jason Silva at the Economist Ideas Conference 2012 - vimeo.com/40464684
    Honda “Asimo” - youtube.com/watch?v=LuymCZL5aWM
    “Look at Me” by Patrick Lawler - vimeo.com/8455331
    “462 in the Speed Demon” - youtube.com/watch?v=Le6aCV_CRvQ
    2005 Stanford Commencement Address by Steve Jobs - youtube.com/watch?v=UF8uR6Z6KLc
    “Experience Human Flight” by InfinityList - vimeo.com/22428395
    “Experience Zero Gravity” by InfinityList - vimeo.com/29017795
    “Lost in Tokyo” by Mark Bramley - vimeo.com/34447797
    “29 year old hearing for the first time” - youtube.com/watch?v=LsOo3jzkhYA
    “Building something Big in Lousville” by GE - youtube.com/watch?v=BGljVE27vzU
    Daniel Pink on the surprising science of motivation - youtube.com/watch?v=rrkrvAUbU9Y
    Stephen Hawking: Asking big questions about the universe - youtube.com/watch?v=xjBIsp8mS-c
    Self Driving Car Test by Google - youtube.com/watch?v=cdgQpa1pUUE
    Apollo Saturn V Launch by Spacecraft Films - vimeo.com/4366695
    Space X Launch of Falcon 9 - youtube.com/watch?v=4vkqBfv8OMM
    Dragon Capsule with ISS - youtube.com/watch?v=ccNJDwJNngQ
    “Dublin’s People” by Phillip Bloom - vimeo.com/6475938
    Permission to use footage received when possible.

    I was not paid to create this video, I did this out of my passion to create and inspire. If your footage was used in this film and you were not contacted, please reach out to me with any concerns or extra credit requests.

    # vimeo.com/44658040 Uploaded 892K Plays 111 Comments

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