As you may have noticed, I'm Eddy. Today I want to give you a better sense of who I am and what I come from. Some of my favorite bloggers inject a lot of their own personality into their blogs, giving the words a more distinct and vibrant voice. I'm sure you've already come to know my writing style; I aim to make this prose fun to read while packing in as much useful information as I can muster. I basically write posts that I would like to read myself. So let's gets started with what I do every day.
I live in Seattle and work at an advertising company making tv commercials, which ironically goes against the ethos of this blog, but that's another story. At this company, every employee wears tons of different hats. Lice has become rampant, but we power through regardless. On any given day, I use After Effects, Cinema 4D, Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom, InDesign, Premiere, Maya, and the whole suite of Google goodies (Inbox, Docs, Drive, Calendar, etc). After Effects and Cinema 4D are the two I spend the most time in. They're brilliant programs. You have the ability to create anything you can imagine. It's a unique (and challenging) power.
In the commercials we create, I do an array of graphic treatments. In the Amazon commercials, I'll track in the screen content over the powered down tablets and e-readers. We replace these screens so we have unlimited flexibility when it comes to content in post production. We could put in a trailer to the new James Bond movie or a children's educational app. Anything that the client wants, we can drop in on a moment's notice. Well, ideally a full day's notice. Here's a little sample! (Roll your mouse over for captions!)
This shot was filmed with the tablet powered down and no Amazon box at all. In the post production process, I tracked the scene (since the camera was moving and the tablet gets picked up), added the home screen on the tablet, created a 3D box in Cinema 4D, rendered that box and brought it into the scene, and added the two polaroids to the wall. Watching the commercial on tv, you would never know. Unless you knew.
On top of live-action compositing and effects, I also work a lot in 3D making end tags for commercials and entire Ford commercials. Here's a nice render of a Ford Focus. This was rendered while I was setting up the materials and lights to be as hyperreal as possible. (Click the image to zoom in and see the luscious detail!)
Shooting My Canon
Outside the office, I take photography gigs ranging from weddings to product shoots to everything in between. Check out my wedding photography website and book me! I've been shooting with digital cameras since digital cameras were invented. My dad had me using a black and white digital camera back in the early 90s. It would hold maybe a dozen photos and the quality was unbelieveable. In a bad way. Over the years, I kept up with it and continued to shoot urban life, friends, and things in my bedroom. Because every photographer has a zillion photos of their immediate surroundings while testing out camera settings. Here's a sample I shot from a beautiful wedding last weekend. The Quad at UW during the spring, despite the crowd, is stunning. The cherry blossoms provide soft light and a great backdrop.
In addition to this blog, my day job, and photography, I'm also actively working on an app for smartphones called Shoutmap. I wrote an announcement post for it here where you can read an in-depth breakdown of the concept, design, and execution. We're still working hard on it, so hopefully we can share more in the coming months!
This one's sort of a side passion project that isn't receiving a ton of passion right now. I'm slowly learning the Unity 3D game engine to someday build a simple zombie survival game. I know the concept has been done to death, but I just want to build something that people can play with and have fun. Here's a frame of concept art rendered in Cinema 4D.
If you've been following The Minimal Minute, you have no doubt noticed the mention of Burning Man now and again. It's an integral part of my life now. Because of it, my friend groups have shifted, my beliefs and values have matured, my obsession with dust has climaxed, and I now always pick up trash I see on the sidewalk. Unless it's really moist. To give you a little flavor of the burn, I'll just leave this video I shot here.
Oh, and I have this blog thing.
The Minimal Minute spawned from my passion for helping people with technical and financial challenges. Be it little tips on how to use your computer faster or how to invest in mutual funds to retire in 15 years. I've been spending hours every day researching and writing for you guys. The feedback you provide is so positive and motivating! It keeps me going. Otherwise, this blog would surely die, as there is little financial gain as it currently stands. So keep reading and PLEASE leave comments. Comments are my lifeblood. They fuel my drive to keep writing. And I just want to hear from you! Because I love you.