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Shanghai Photos 7

One of the many noodle kitchens run by a Chinese Muslim minority. Freshly made noodles, Arabian spices, very tasty.

Eels are sold on the street in a narrow alley. No dog meat on sale today.

The Confucian temple doesn’t like fireworks.

Shanghai Photos 6: Abstract Art Edition

Wegweiser der Metro-Linie 7Holzboden mit Lampeaccidental photo

How To Report The News

A spotlight on the visual language of TV news and a funny template for almost every damn report on BBC and CNN nowadays.

I love the youtube comments that pick up the tone of the video:

This is an immature comment using various words related to genitals to insult a random person for no particular reason.

Bag Face

faces in places… found in a department store in Munich.

Year of the Tiger

Exit: cheesy XMas decoration.

Enter: cheesy tiger decoration!

MINGR Jewelry

Just before Christmas I finished an HDTV commercial for China’s largest gold, platinum and diamond manufacturer featuring Japanese-Brazilian model Akemi Katsuki.


VFX were done at Pixomondo’s Shanghai office where I had the honor to fill the positions of art director & lead compositor. Thanks to my fellow artists for the great and hard work: Simon (particle FX), Jonas (VRay), Lin Kai (modelling), Benson (digital beautification), Mael, Max, Robert and Steffi (additional compositing) as well as Andy (coordination and interpretation). Video clip coming soon.

Director: Stepby Leung
Production: Standard Work Productions
VFX: Pixomondo
Format: 1080p, 30″ – 15″ – 10″ – 7.5″ – 5″
CN 2009


Avatar movie poster in ShanghaiOh my, what a cinematic milestone. The storyline is a bit of a nerd’s juvenile Mechwarrior dreams mixed with clichés from Pocahontas, but we’re not wearing those heavy unwieldy 3D glasses for the story, right? The level of realism they achieved when it came to motion capturing and CG environments was incredible. The camera moves felt very real, and the 3D really was as great as they claim it is.

It worked best for narrow spaces and closeup shots of the actors. The shots where they added defocused elements very close in the foreground mostly looked weird though, because these things get cut off in mid-air by the edges of the screen. The Chinese subtitles, floating in the air in front of the screen, were an unusual but funny addition.

Anyway, quite an experience and it I hope the technology becomes common knowledge sooner rather than later so that directors can afford to do interesting plots or arthouse stuff in 3D/CG instead of just blockbusters.  And some lighter glasses.