Sunday, March 1, 2015

Cloud Panoramas

I hiked up to the top of Laurelwood to take pictures of the crazy clouds that came in today.

here's a cleaned up 8K of the full version

Monday, January 14, 2013

Zuvo Stratus Indiegogo campaign launched!

I've been working with the great folks at D2M to produce this product video for their Stratus water filter. I just finished production on the video and they have launched their webpage. Check out the video I produced for the campaign.

 Along with the video, I produced this Cinemagraph for their website backsplash.

You can check out them out at

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Sculpture Projects

Took intro to sculpture with Thomas Applegate at Cogswell last semester. Following are the two sculptures I completed as well as some of the processes used to create them.

Our first project was a chimera and it's human master. My design combined a kudu, giraffe and a hippopotamus to make a "Kudiraffamus". His master would be a spear fisherman.

This first stage was a rough maquette whose legs were way too short and pretty much just looked like a fat deer. As seen above.

I worked on a second maquette with longer legs. This one's proportions were much more to my liking. See him here next to my printer.

Next I drew armature maps: side view, front view and top view, then created the final armatures for the characters.

The hippo body was padded with styrofoam.

Clay was slathered to the surface. The interesting thing about this project was creating this top heavy animal, who would also have a rider, be put into a walking pose, and be sturdy and balanced. On the right you can see a bit of the hardware sticking out of the kudiraffamus's back. I epoxy'd a coupling bolt into the armature of the animal an some aluminum tubing into the pelvis of the rider. The tubing slipped over the coupling bolt and a screw could be tightened through the riders back to secure him to his steed. This made sculpting the individual characters easier

Here are the results.


Our Second project was a transformation.

To visualize our final sculpture, we took photos of armatures, then digitally painted masses over the images.

For this Project I made 3 identical armatures. I worked on these 2 fellows simultaneously. up through secondary form. I then used the 3rd armature to create the "sculpture" using candle wax (paraffin). Applying what I learned from the clay (plasteline) characters to the wax sculpt.

Working with the wax was interesting. I melted it down to liquid then as it solidified I applied it to the armature. Most of the armature was covered in styrofoam before I applied the wax. Using a serrated tool I scrapped out the rough shapes I wanted. Then with a wire loop I smoothed out the surface and finally polished it with a paper towel and some friction to get it to look a bit like stone.

Here's how the final sculpture came out.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

My Animation Reel

Keenan Manely Animation / 3D Generalist reel 2014 from Keenan Manely on Vimeo.
My name is Keenan Manely. I am a traditional animator using modern tools. I've made films and animations as a hobby since middle school. At De Anza College, I focused on perfecting my art. I have learned many things from animators such as Webster Colcord, Dave perry and Marty McNamara.

This past 2 years, using the skills I have accumulated, I have been working on animations for Artiphany, a site that offers higher quality animated e-cards. My job has been to take an artist's 2D images and greeting card concepts and turning them into fully dimensional animations. I have updated my Demo Reel with new work from Artiphany.

Though my animation style is traditional, my formal training with modern tools such as After Effects and Maya, has given me the skills to work between different mediums to attain the absolute best look for any given Project.

I plan to always further my knowledge and expand my tool set in creating animation and visual effects.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Latest Parkour Video

Back on Laborday Weekend we had a crazy 4 days of training, partying and seeing some incredible sights.

check out the video

Spent a lot of time in SF this weekend. Hung out with some buddies on Embarcadero Saturday and went to Kirby cove Sunday and got some beautiful shots. Using a new 7D I'm still getting to know this camera. There is plenty of equipment I could get to make shots better but it's bare bones and raw right now. Wanting to move the camera around more than rely on zooms, I shoot almost everything on a Nikkor 50 1.8

This video is a mix of my 2 hobbies, parkour and video making.

Music by Cornelius. the song is called "Star Fruits Surf Rider", from the Fantasma album.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Effects Breakdown Death of a Flea

Here is a shot I comped on our Short film, Small Sacrifices.

The stop motion footage was shot on a motion control rig using the kuper system. Phil Created the Matte Paints in Photoshop. I then camera mapped them onto 3d geometry in Maya. The snow particles, I made in Maya. Their individual shapes are textures I scanned from little clumps of baking soda, which are randomly assigned to each particle. The rest of the compositing was done in After Effects. The fog was shot practically, in HD, the blue channel had to be removed, because it was noisy garbage. I then used the fog as a matte on a greyish blue solid so the fog could have a more even hue. We dropped a piece of black clay into the fog to have it react.

Here's a labeled version in case any of that was confusing.

In other news, Neil's posted some trailers of Small Sacrifices that can be see here.

And the Film's website will be up soon!