Portfolio Addition: WWE 2K17

I’ve added the work I did last year in collaboration with Alfonzo ‘Zo’ Burton on 2K Sports’s WWE 2K17 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Windows. Below is an example of a UI Motion Graphics concept I did for the production in Flash and After Effects:

I’m always happy to talk about possibilities with new clients, so if you have a project, feel free to contact me at hello@xanderdavis.com and we can discuss!

-Xander


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Lore Method

Lore Method

While working on client projects for UI / UX in video games, over the last six months I have been building a parallel business to finally publish my fiction writing and demonstrate these skills as portfolio pieces for narrative design work in the film and games industries. It’s called Lore Method LLC at www.loremethod.com

Signing the Founding Papers

Signing the founding paperwork, which became official January 1, 2017

I have professionally written intellectual property master documents, game design documents, story, and cinematics and in-game screenplays for triple-A game studios. I’ve also written and produced audioplays, a few novel manuscripts, adapted one of them which became a Quarter Finalist in the 2010 BlueCat Screenplay Competition and now a 5-star screenplay at Amazon Studios, and more various writing projects.

But it’s not just limited to writing…!

My Lore Method model allows me to publish this in an online user interface I custom-designed for an e-Book age. It’s built around the concept of ‘episodic visualized fiction’, wherein I release each chapter as an ‘Episode’ accompanied by fully rendered cinematics visuals and even an embedded curated reading soundtrack. Each episode is sold individually for a low price, like $1.99, or you can buy a complete Season Pass for a novel’s worth of content in one purchase.

I think of Lore Method as an intersection of fiction, comics, and filmmaking.

There is also a Codex on the site that is like a custom Wikipedia for the lore of the fiction featured. So I’m also integrating tabletop roleplaying games (tRPGs) into the mix, by adding a proprietary Lore Method tRPG system and including stats on all relevant objects featured in the Codex. So you can actually play the fiction I’m writing and the worlds I’m building!

Lore Method Debut Series - NEON ECLIPSE

Lore Method’s first title series, NEON ECLIPSE, has debuted on the site with Season 1 – Episode 1 available to read for free right now! It is a ‘tech noir espionage thriller’ starring Crane 5-53, a biodrone android super-spy navigating a post-World War era 2044.

NEON ECLIPSE - Episode 1

NEON ECLIPSE - Episode 1

NEON ECLIPSE - Episode 1

NEON ECLIPSE - Episode 1

Work on an unannounced Second Series is also underway as well.

This is of course coming off of my previous virtual filmmaking experiments that have been chronicles earlier over the years on this very blog!

So head over to LoreMethod.com and check out all that I have going on there. I’m producing all of the art, learning more and more about modeling and using Modo.

In addition to UI and design services, if you ever need world-building, intellectual property development, story, screenwriting, creative direction, etc… for your project, feel free to contact me at hello@xanderdavis.com — I’m always happy to explore possibilities with new clients!

Cheers,
-Xander


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Portfolio Update: Moving Hazard

I’m happy to add to the portfolio a project I worked on for a year fulltime remotely with Illfonic (Denver) and Psyop Games (Los Angeles), Moving Hazard in Unreal Engine 4. I did UI / UX Design and Art Direction, produced After Effects motion graphics for the Front End background, and even wrote an original song for menu music. It was a fantastic experience and these clients were wonderful to work with!

I’m actively taking on new clients now, so if you’re hiring freelancers for UI / UX, e-mail me at hello@xanderdavis.com and let’s discuss!


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5 Common Film Color Schemes

Complementary_Fight_Club

Great article over at Cinema 5D on the 5 most common film color schemes.

They show two examples from Fight Club, its cinematography I love. But things have changed since the late 90’s. Particularly, Fincher seems to bathe a lot of his more recent RED-shot all digital films in green, pull all other color out almost to the point that he’s essentially shooting black and white noir (in particular Social Network, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Gone Girl especially). House of Cards even has this to some degree. I did some tests in early 2015 that I haven’t posted of video I shot in my home and managed to manually match color to interior shots of Gone Girl– it was amazing going through that process and realizing how far it goes.

Color schemes / grading in film has been something I’ve always regarded as a bit of a mystery. I’ve heard there’s no right or wrong way to do it; it’s all just personal taste. But obviously there’s also a psychological basis for selecting palettes. It’s very curious how Fincher’s films and even the Matrix (the original in particular) would be so green and achieve a very striking look that feels natural when you watch it but isn’t really at all. I’ll be looking into this…

So this article helps set me on that path to better understanding. I recommend it if you’re curious about color grading film.


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Chappie VFX Breakdown

CHAPPiE BREAKDOWN REEL from Image Engine

I loved this film! Blomkamp is one of my favorite directors working today. He’s apparently working a niche, though: the cyberpunk superfan (which definitely includes me). But even my girlfriend then loved this movie (she cried a few times, saying it pulled hard on every maternal instinct in her soul! Indeed I also find it very hard to watch at some points). All of his movies are cyberpunk concept art orgies, and I couldn’t be happier to pour over the art books and pause and study nearly every single frame.

Johnny 5 is alive.


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