Monday, March 26, 2018

The Real-Time Animation System is Live!

The Mill’s Real-Time Animation System from The Mill on Vimeo.

Ever wanted to direct, perform and animate CG characters in real-time? That's what Mill+ Creative Director Jeffrey Dates' brainchild allows you to do. The Real-Time Animation System (RTAS) utilizes real-time rendering technology and a custom-built, CGI virtual production pipeline to create any character. Find out more about the tech and how it was used for's 'Vonster' campaign:

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Origins - HULU

The House ‘Origin’ uses visuals from the first three shorts in the Huluween series with a combination of distinct horror imagery. The story tells how, after the Tree of Knowledge was corrupted, it's cursed powers were built into a forever doomed house. Throughout the film we see the house re-appear in different forms, seeking death, sacrifices and terror. 

The Mill's VFX team created the entire Garden of Eden sequence, modeling components in the garden, while Wendy Eduarte's original illustrations become the identifying opening symbols on the first 3 films of the series. 

 Check out the full series on Hulu here. 

Thursday, October 26, 2017

'Origins' a short for Hulu's Huluween series.

Recently completed a short film titled "Origins" for Hulu.  ( S1 E6 )

Constructed from the wood of the Tree of Knowledge, The House moves through time and space, manifesting evil. Step inside its walls in this Halloween anthology series celebrating the horror storytelling tradition, from matinee chills to otherworldly terror.

"Origins" uncovers the dark origins and interconnected features of the recurring Haunted House.

DOP: Christopher Webb

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Move Me

Inside The Mill’s mind-bending alternate reality art showcase here:

The Pop llama showcase was just one of the experiences for the Move.Me showcase.  The virtual puppet tech is something I've been working on for awhile now, and was thrilled to have it demo here.
In the coming days and months, I'll be unveiling more content and fun virtual puppet goodness.  Stay tuned.

Engadget's Editor In Chief, Christopher Trout- "Over the next two hours I watched semi-autonomous robots run in circles, randomly scribbling on large sheets of butcher paper; pulled the virtual puppet strings of a CGI llama that lip synced to Mariah Carey; watched as Reeps One, a world-famous dubstep beatboxer, created unique digital sculptures with the incredibly nuanced tones of his voice; and floated through a VR dreamscape using my breathing and brain waves to propel me upward.
And all of this before I'd finished my first cup of coffee."

This was the scene at The Mill's first big open studio exploring the connection between technology and humanity, titled Move Me.

Read and watch the full article here.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

BMW 5 Series

Mill+ Director Jeffrey Dates collaborated with KBS for BMW’s latest spot advertising the 5-Series.            

Starting with a series of macro shots, the spot alludes to that of a phone commercial, focusing on detailed shots of the 5-Series latest innovations, before the full car is revealed.

Director of Photography: Madalena Gorka