Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Hot Pockets Presents

Hot Pocket Presents from J Dates on Vimeo.

So if you remember that Hot Pocket spot that Alex and I Directed earlier this year: HERE.
Then you'll remember the cast of eccentric gamers who had bonded over a virtual battle, and their hardships of hunger.

Well, THIS is their story.


Monday, October 05, 2015

A little Sizzle for Moto X

I recently Directed a spot for the new Moto X Android phone for Droga5.  It was an accelerated schedule and a lot of fun to design and animate!
We did two versions.  General Market, and India.  Here below is the India version which doesn't contain some of the moments during the back-of-the-phone sequence.   Here it is just a black back-of-phone.
As soon as I find the General Market one online, I'll post it also!  It'll also mean I can post the HD versions I have to my vimeo channel.

I hope you enjoy it.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Upgrading with a brand. j.dates

So in an effort to secure a small place on the web as a Director, I've decided to launch!  I'm retiring kungfukoi, as it was a creative entity that I would work under for all the various projects I did.   However, now that I'm Directing, I figure I'll go ahead and use my name as the brand.  j.dates

There is no new content as of yet, and the time capsule is still alive for the time being under the "About" page.  Over the coming weeks and months I'll be building a proper platform to showcase the work I've been doing both professionally, and personally.

But I'm happy to make the transition, and hope you enjoy!


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

A bit of nostogia

About 5 years ago I was working for Psyop as a VFX/CG supervisor.  I lead a project for Cherry 7up Directed by Jon Saunders...    Here is the spot.  ( the quality is poor, sorry )

So it was a fun project, and that was that..  a quick motion design spot typical of Psyop of that time.

Well today I was on Vimeo, and came across this!

I didn't realize it, but several people looked at backwards engineering our effect in all manner of ways.  It's pretty cool to see a project be dissected so much.  Pretty neat!
Anyway, just something I found amusing.  

Friday, July 24, 2015

BTS: The Doctors of the World

The Doctors of the World project gets a nice little write up on the Mill's site.  Check it out here!
BTS: Doctors of World

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Doctors of the World

All For Nepal

Mill+ collaborated with Chemistry Creative and Publicis on ‘All for Nepal’ a Doctors of the World campaign. Follow the heartfelt story of a Nepalese Sherpa who has saved the lives of Mt. Everest climbers and find out how you can help the survivors of Nepal’s devastating 2015 earthquakes.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Hot Pockets Snack Bites "Hunger Can't Kill My Game"

Gamers can have their VR with a side of cheese and meat in the newest Hot Pockets spot 'Hunger Can't Kill My Game' created by Publicis in collaboration with Mill+.

An entire captivating world was built from scratch for the gamers to exist in, designed and directed by Mill+ Directors Jeffrey Dates and Alex Maxwell. The concept was to create the look of a flashy, cinematic game trailer. The only thing that could snap these players out of their immersive experience are the freshly warmed Hot Pockets.

The Mill+ team animated the characters' movements within the game by hand, frame by frame. The main avatar's motions as he walks to the kitchen were carefully matched to live-action plates of the actor, ensuring the scene cut together smoothly. Original details such as a marauding robot were dreamt up by the artists, designed and fully realized within the game.

Hot Pockets snack bites give VR players an easy to eat snack, leaving their hands free for immersive adventures!

Also, Engadget did a write up on it!

Not to be outdone by Gamespot!!

All of this during a time when Cliff Bleszinski ( creator of Gears of War! )called out the silliness of the concept on Twitter!

So check out the project that Trolled the VR enthusiasts!

Hot Pocket Snack Bites "Hunger Can't Kill My Game" from J Dates on Vimeo.

Samsung SUHDTV Launch Video

One of my first Directing projects as an Official Mill+ Director was this CG Launch Video for Samsung. It was one of 4 videos created for the launch. Take a look and enjoy.

Samsung SUHD TV Launch from J Dates on Vimeo.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Little Black Book includes Wayne as a Cartoon Hero!

Was thrilled to see Little Black Book's Editors choice for cartoon Heroes: Animation to Clear Out the Cobwebs mentions Wayne the Stegasaurus among it's collection!  Pretty cool!


So this happened!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

"Landing" Nominated for a VES.

The nominations have been announced for the 13th annual Visual Effects Society (VES) Awards. The VES Awards are a prestigious yearly celebration that recognizes outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation in film, animation, television, commercials and video games and the artists who created the incredible work. Here below is "Landing", one of the seven nominations.

DIRECTV: Landing
Outstanding FX and Simulation Animation in a Commercial or Broadcast Program
Nominations for Landing are:

Jeffrey Dates
Jimmy Gass
Iwan Zwarts
Ryan Coster

NFL Sunday Ticket -- "Landing" from J Dates on Vimeo.