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Steven Brooks

Los Angeles, California

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I am a Compositor (Stereoscopic and Monoscopic) that uses After Effects, Nuke, and Digital Fusion. I've worked on many Feature Films and TV shows.
I also have some 3D, Flash and Web Development experience.
I've been in Hollywood a decade, and spent the better part of the 2 decades before in Boston involved in TV and Web.

I have been in the industry since 2001.

Steven J Brooks Compositing Demo Reel
Added on 4/14/2010
Steven J Brooks - Compositing Demo Reel Shot Descriptions - http://StevenJBrooks.com 818-415-6728 - Steven@StevenJBrooks.com 00:00 - Slate Looks like my ColorInAble.com business card, but there is a compositing sign down the street. Lightwave, After Effects, Illustrator/Freehand 00:06 - Threshold, Fish Swim into “Crop Circle” Pattern Besides being the 3D artist, I comped the shot, this is the full length version. Eden FX, CBS, Paramount, 2005 After Effects, Lightwave 00:20 - The Guardian, Swimmers Dives and Rescues (3 non sequential shots) Paint and Roto Artist, Painting out safety gear and painting in background deck objects, Cutting mattes for actors and ropes using spline roto and wire removal techniques, painting out background sets and reflections. Flash Filmworks, Touchstone Pictures, 2006 Digital Fusion 00:32 - High School Musical 2 - Ride with the Wildcats Sweepstakes Entry Spot, Balloon Wipe of Family at Disneyland Composite Artist, Created Balloon Wipe from original footage, time ramped Bridge shot to match look for spot established in Final Cut, Effected fireworks shot to add to practical simulated fireworks lighting on family Gorilla Pictures, Disney Channel, Disneyland, Honda Odyssey 2007 After Effects 00:37 - The Last Samurai, Troupe rides into town Part of Paint and Roto crew that removed 20th century Japan from background Flash Filmworks, Warner Brothers 2004 Digital Fusion 00:41 - Man of the House, Cheerleaders and coaches on field Part of crew that rotoed out sky, Part of crew that tracked in and stabilized crowd into stands, Spline animated shadows for cheerleaders on ground Flash Filmworks, 2004 Digital Fusion 00:44 - Active Adventures, Girl With Turkey Baster Reverse Wipe Composite artist for shot, worked with practical elements to create a reverse wipe. Gorilla Pictures, Disney Networks (Disney Channel - Toon Disney / Jetix - ABC), Kraft, 2008 After Effects 00:46 - The Last Sentinel, woman gets blown to the ground by explosion, Composite Artist, Amped up explosion with practical elements, painted out errant debris. Gorilla Pictures, Sci Fi Channel Original Picture, 2007 After Effects 00:48 - The Last Sentinel, woman and man jump out window shoot hole in parking lot. (3 sequential shots) Composite Artist, Amped up explosion with practical elements, painted out errant debris on parking lot, Painted out wire rigs from all angles, added muzzle flashes. Gorilla Pictures, Sci Fi Channel Original Picture, 2007 After Effects 00:50 - The Last Samurai, Stars ride through explosions on horses, and soldiers falling off of horses in battle (2 shots). Paint and Roto as part of the face replacement team, cleaning up the explosions and face replacement areas. Rotoscope horses in battle fro composite of battle elements. Flash Filmworks, Warner Brothers 2004 Digital Fusion 00:53 - The Guardian, Sailors on Deck in violent storm Paint and Roto Artist, Painting out safety gear and out background sets, Cutting mattes for actors and ropes using spline roto and wire removal techniques. Flash Filmworks, Touchstone Pictures, 2006 Digital Fusion 00:55 - Velocitors, 3D animated toys fighting (2 shots) Composited 3D animation. Tigar-Hare, Mattel 2004 Digital Fusion 00:57 - High School Musical Ride With the Wildcats Sweepstakes Payoff Spot, Multi shot HSM 2 actors, Disneyland Parade, Logos (starts and ends with the shots of the HSM stars in hallway) Composite Artist, Comped Multiple shots together, Paint / Roto / Key elements for wipes of Water, HMS 2 Logo, Cheerleader. Gorilla Pictures, Disney Channel, Disneyland, Honda Odyssey 2007 After Effects 01:02 - High School Musical Ride With the Wildcats Sweepstakes Entry Spot, Disney Castle in clouds with trip details text Composite Artist, Comped Multiple shots together, Created the text and effects, added the fireworks elements from practical brought in logos from static art. Gorilla Pictures, Disney Channel, Disneyland, Honda Odyssey 2007 After Effects 01:03 - Tarzan Swing Spot, Tarzan Jane and Monkey Swing as it says Swing Composite Artist, Created the Indiana Jones effect Lettering and animated it, Key and Roto animated characters to make composite, applied Toon Disney Logos. Gorilla Pictures, Disney, Toon Disney. 2007 After Effects 01:09 - The Guardian, Man flailing hurt drowning, rescuer pops from behind in the rough sea Paint and Roto artist, Painted out Kevin Costner swimming up to victim, painted out reflections of lighting from set in goggles, rotoed to clean out background in wave tank and pull actors for more 3D water effects. Flash Filmworks, Touchstone Pictures 2006 Digital Fusion 01:15 - Dark Water, Toilet water overflows dark Paint and Roto Artist, painting out clear water (especially errant splashes) and rotoing water to be darkened Flash Filmworks Disney, 2004 Digital Fusion 01:17 - The Last Samurai, Gatling Gun guns down Samurai Roto masks of Samurai and Horses. Flash Filmworks, Warner Brothers 2004 Digital Fusion 01:20 - Man of the House, Cheerleaders and coaches on field Part of crew that tracked in and stabilized crowd into stands Flash Filmworks, 2004 Digital Fusion 01:22 - Dark Water, Girl trapped in mucky washing machine Paint and Roto Artist, prepared key and clean area of gunky front of washing machine for insertion of Girl. Flash Filmworks Digital Fusion 01:24 - The Guardian, Camera dollies around rescue helicopter in flight in major storm Paint and Roto artist, Painted out reflections of set and lighting in windows, visors and gear, cut mask for exterior environment to be added. Flash Filmworks, Touchstone Pictures 2006 Digital Fusion 01:27 - The Last Sentinel, 2 rebels get shot up in front of van by robo troops (8 shots) Composite Artist, Created 2D animated composite of bullet holes in van that was then placed over van in shots using 3D planes in After Effects and then tracked on to the van. I also added some Blood Spatters, Tracers, and Muzzle Flares to these shots. Note how the bullet holes match in the different environments as they accumulate, and even come through clearly when sent off to the Scope Screen compositor. Gorilla Pictures, Sci Fi Channel Original Picture, 2007 After Effects 01:40 - The Legend Of Sasquatch, 2 Girls in clearing by stream, and Cave crane down establishing shot. (2 3D animated shots) Composite Artists Both Shots, Fixed faces on rocks that flickered during render process, added new rendered water to second shot. Gorilla Pictures, Golden Rule Entertainment 2006 After Effects 01:49 - The Last Sentinel, Camera dollies around Katee Sackhoff in “Control Room” Composite Artist, Tracked Screen into monitor. Gorilla Pictures, Sci Fi Channel Original Picture, 2007 After Effects 01:52 - High School Musical Ride With the Wildcats Sweepstakes Entry Spot, Enter Online Montage (3 shots) Composite Artist, Comped Multiple shots together, Tracked Screen into monitor. Took Mock up of Web site from HSM 2 division, created mock web page in browser for spot, Created and animated all key graphics. Gorilla Pictures, Disney Channel, Disneyland, Honda Odyssey 2007 After Effects 01:55 - High School Musical Ride With the Wildcats Sweepstakes Entry Spot, Product Interior Shot Composite Artist, Tracked Screen into monitor. Painted, Keyed and Rotoed to clean up extra elements in background outside car window. Gorilla Pictures, Disney Channel, Disneyland, Honda Odyssey 2007 After Effects 01:58 - High School Musical Ride With the Wildcats Sweepstakes Entry Spot, Flash Photo at Disneyland Composite Artist, Created Flash Effect in Camera, Created Cheerleader Wipe all from original shot elements. Gorilla Pictures, Disney Channel, Disneyland, Honda Odyssey 2007 After Effects 02:02 - Slate Looks like my business card, but there is a compositing sign down the street. Lightwave, After Effects, Illustrator/Freehand

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