At Image Propeller Studios, our goal is to help companies connect to their customers and larger audience. At the core of our services are our animated promotional videos. These dynamic, friendly videos are valuable sales tools in helping both small and large businesses reveal their products to a larger audience. We also provide 2D and 3D illustration, graphics for web design, and video game asset generation. It is our mandate to keep our services current and relevant. Read more about who we are and what all the commotion is about.
Illustration, Concept Art, Digital Painting, CG Lighting and Renders.
Corporate, Promotional, & Instructional Animations, Motion Graphics, Logo Reveals, and After Effects Editing.
2D/3D Asset Creation, Pre-Rendered & Real-Time Lighting, Low & High Resolution Poly-Modeling.
Scripts, Ghost-Writing, Story-Boards, Website Content, and Social Media.
Skills // 3D Studio Max, 4D Cinema, Maya, Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, Premiere
GuestServe – Reservation Software
St Catharines Mayoral State of the City Address
2013 United Way Campaign
Image Propeller Studios – Reel 2013
Book Trailer – Financial Fotographs
FITC Women’s Initiative Entry
Rollers of the Realm – Furniture 3D Asset
Rollers of the Realm – Hearth 3D Asset
Rollers of the Realm – Treasure Chest 3D asset
Live Nation – Beruna Festival 3D Map
Identity Festival – Toronto Client: Live Nation
Brrrrr! Toronto Winter Music Festival
Peel School Board Overview – Animation by Image Propeller Studios, Design/Direction by Amber Harloff of Illuminate This!
It’s a Nasty Day! Animation by Image Propeller Studios, Design/Direction by Amber Harloff of Illuminate This!
It’s a great day! Animation by Image Propeller Studios, Design/Direction by Amber Harloff of Illuminate This!
Innovate Niagara Portal – Promotional Video
3D Map for WEMF – Client: Live Nation Ontario
HeavyTO Festival 3D Map
Thank you! MotionGraphics
Academy of Champions – Ubisoft
Academy of Champions – Ubisoft
Facebreaker – Electronic Arts
FIFA 2006 – Electronic Arts
FIFA 2006 -Electronic Arts
FIFA Street 2 – Electronic Arts
3D Map – DigitalDreams – Client: Live Nation
3D Map – Echo Beach – Client – Live Nation
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The BBC interview (click the above link – it’s worth it) highlights, of course, Mr. Bellany’s well-storied and oft-harrowing life. He was fearless, and so utterly dedicated to his vision and internal drive. Even when his life was hitting lows; even when the art world was changing around him, he determined to stay the course. Or rather, his course. Continue reading
Well, I can’t believe we are into the holiday season already and although it is incredibly cliche to say it, I really don’t know where the time has gone.
It’s been a long time since I last posted something on the blog, so here are some highlights from the last few months:
X-Summit Conference 2012 – Back in November, I attended a trans-media conference in Toronto; it is the first conference that I’ve attended representing my own business. A quick description: the conference ”focuses on cross-media convergence, enabling content producers to better tell their stories seamlessly across multiple platforms”. Basically, it’s all about merging our favourite forms of media. From video games and film, from television to graphic novels and from internet to ipads, it’s all about making these diverse platforms work together and create an unbelievable interactive experience.
I had a great time at this conference. I met all sorts of interesting folks who are working with media in cutting edge ways. Companies such as Stitch Media and Smokebomb are already way ahead of the game, creating content for the web with very interesting stories and interactive elements to keep viewers engaged. I was also inspired by folks like Corey Vidal, who built a successful business by making youtube videos. I quickly realized that this was the group of people I want to associate with and hopefully work with one day. Interactive Ontario organized the event and it is definitely a group that I would like to be more involved with in the new year.
Rollers of the Realm! Since September, I’ve had the great opportunity of contributing to the development of Rollers of the Realm, an awesome pinball game. Phantom Compass, an indie gaming company based in Toronto, has started up a small team in St. Catharines to build the game for PC and iPad. They are connecting with some of us Silicon Knight stragglers who still want to work on games.
There are several reasons I’m loving this gig. Firstly, the game is going to rock! I love pin ball and I’m already addicted to Rollers which is a good sign of it’s future success. Also, I love working with a small team. Not only is communication simple, but stuff simply gets done quicker and easier. Everyone is committed and excited about the game, so the energy is fantastic! A huge kudos to Tony Walsh for bringing this idea to life! I’m thrilled to be a part of it.
Innovate Niagara! I was delighted to work with the folks at nGen to create this video for the Innovate Niagara website. It’s the first significant project I have worked on here in town, and it was a blast! The folks at nGen are a treat to work with and I can only hope for more clients as fun and committed. Creating a whiteboard video was a challenge to figure out technically, but luckily I had the very talented Andria and Ian to help out with video and animation. We were also fortunate to have the infamous Jason Simpson record the voice over which adds a whole new level of professionalism to the video.
Illuminate This! Since starting my own business back in May, I’ve re-connected with my old college chum, Amber Harloff. She is over in Creemore, running a very successful animation/video gig called Illuminate This! She has been a huge source of encouragement and advice for me as I’ve made these first tentative steps into the world of freelance. She is a veteran entrepreneur and very talented! Recently she hit me up for some animation work and this was our first opportunity to collaborate on a project. And wow, what a blast! She and I joke that we “share the same brain” because we understand each other so well! I think this is a start to many more collaborative projects. Check out her vimeo account or my portfolio page to see some of the work we did for the Peel School Board.
As you can see, we’ve had a busy fall. I’m looking forward to the slower holiday season where we can reflect on our first year of business and really focus on planning for the New Year. This is the best time to set some goals and make a plan to build something amazing and prosperous. I have a feeling 2013 is going to be an even bigger boom for us and I’m excited for what is in store!
So, on that note, we at Image Propeller Studios would like to wish our valued clients and partners, family and friends a very happy holiday and a prosperous New Year!
As we get busier over here at the studio, I’m finding it increasingly difficult to keep on top of everything. Over the last few months I’ve found some really cool apps that have become indispensable to my day to day business and marketing activities so I thought I’d share them here:
#1 Feedly - A great way to keep up with your industry blogs and news websites. I tried to get into Google Reader, but I kept forgetting about it and didn’t care much for the layout. About a month ago I discovered Feedly which offers a pleasing layout and easy way to organize all your feeds. Admittedly, it is somewhat overdone in some areas and I only use the “latest” and “add website” sections as that is all I have time for right now. But there is an interesting “explore” section that suggests categories and other news/blogs to follow. I give it a huge thumbs up for keeping me connected to the art and design world.
#2 AwayFind - if you are like me and get endlessly distracted by your inbox, you must look into this app. Basically, it connects your email inbox to your phone. You can set up custom alerts so when an important email comes through, awayfind will send your phone a text message. You can give it a try for one month for free and if you like it you can sign up for $5 – $15/month for the service, depending on how many alerts you need. I’ve been using it for nearly 2 months and love the freedom it has given me. I put all my current clients in as custom notifications and when it is work hours, I just shut down the email completely knowing that the truly important stuff will get through. I can also go pick up my daughter from school or go to the gym and as long as I take my phone along, I won’t miss a beat with my client communications.
#3 Teux Deux - Ah, yes, the ongoing “to do” lists. I don’t know how anything would get done if I didn’t have lists. The Swiss Miss has really outdone herself with the TeuxDeux app. If simplicity is what you are after, search no further than this free, easy to use and incredibly effective app. I love the clean design and the intuitive way to shuffle things around within your lists. It’s far more efficient than using sticky notes all over the office.
#4 Myhours - Keeping track of how many hours I spend on each job is essential to pricing out my services properly and identifying inefficiencies. Although I think it could be improved, myhours.com is a pretty great app to help my work hours stay on track. The huge plus is that it’s free and I can easily gather reports per month or per project. However, the interface for entering hours is cumbersome and it requires you to use the 24 hour clock. I know this sounds nit picky, but my brain doesn’t work in 24 hour time and it would be nice to have an option.
#5 Skype - I know that skype is old news and everyone has been using it forever and a day. But I have to say that running a business from home has introduced me to an entirely new side of this tool. First of all, you can get a skype account for free which opens up the door to chatting with anyone else on skype for free. If you pay extra and get a legitimate phone number, you can set up voice mail and even forward phone calls to your cell phone. On top of that, skype makes it easy to work with groups of people anywhere with their ability to have conference calls with other skype users. Skype has made it possible to work from home and stay connected with clients and colleagues all over the world.
What are some of the apps/tools that you have found useful?