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Powers Pet Shop

What better way to capture memories of you children. This is a person project where my two sons and I talk about, movies, games and life. This is animated with Adobe Character Animator, composited in After Effects and exported with Premiere Pro. The boys have a lot of fun doing these. And my 8 year old is even able to animate his Shiba Inu character in Adobe Character Animator. Subscribe to Powers Pet Shop on Youtube.

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Filter Bubble Video for CUNY Study

This is a video I directed for CUNY University.  The video is aimed at 10-14yrs children to explain how their activity online over time governs what internet search engine chose to show you in the future through their search algorithms.

Animation by:

Lasse Bergfeld

Robert Powers

Zach Decktor

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Sesame Studios: We Say Night Night

Here is another short that I was asked to work on for Sesame Studio called: We Say Night Night.  I rigged and animated the entire short. Then the commissioned a few more shorts entitled Please & Thank you and Wake Up Shake Up. The characters we rigged and animated in After Effects.

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2014 Emmy Award winner for “Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Animated Program”

The Peg + Cat team

This past year I have been hard at work, working on a great show for PBS called Peg + Cat. We won all three awards that night. Unfortunately both our voice actors were up against each other so only one of them could win. But winning three awards for a first season is pretty amazing and unheard of. I hope that 2015 can stand up against last year’s whirlwind.

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Monko Goes to Hollywood in 3D

Director/Animator: Robert Powers
Composter: Jody Gray
Sound Design: Jon Smith

This originally my thesis film when I attended The School of Visual Arts in 1999. It was originally shot on 16mm film using an Oxberry Camera. That was an ordeal in itself. At that time many of the students were switching over to digital or video formats. I was unable to do that due to the cost of a computer and software at that time. So Bob Lyons taught me how to use the camera. There was a great deal of prep before I spent an overnight session at the school to shot the film. Picture me with box of all the art, film stock and a sleeping back. I did not enjoy this process even thought the outcome turned out great. The lack of imediate results was so stressful especially with impending deadlines.

The version of the film above has been assembled from original scanned artwork from the film and retimed out using Photoshop and After Effects. The sound design and music were also redone do to the fact that I didn’t have the rights to the original music that accompanied the film. Once the film was finished I spent time converting a second angle to create a 3D version. This was time consuming but extremely enjoyable trying to figure out how to best tackle each shot. Some techniques worked well for some shot but not others and that discovery was a lot of fun. I did benefit that the original artwork was on separate layers so much of the 3D effect could be achieved by offsetting the art left or right. For the background art that was originally flat watercolor and markers on watercolor paper could not be done the same way. I did split the art up in Photoshop but another technique I used was creating a greyscale depth map layer that I then used to distort the artwork left or right for that second angle.

Please enjoy this simple story of friendship and fame.

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Hiedi Klum and Team Umi Zoomi

I was working at Curious Pictures at the beginning of this year and I was the promo animator for the team.  I work on several promos for the show.  This one was a fun one to work on.  The finishing touches like lighting effects were done by a different studio.  Here is the link to People.com with an article and video.  I worked on a Jeff Gordon and Umi Zoomi promo as well.

All rights reserved by Viacom.

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Disneystore.com Character Animation

Character animations
Character animations

Disney had come to me to see if I could create complimentary animated GIFs to adorn their site’s relaunch.    Check out the site, there are animations throughout.  It had been a great pleasure to be a part of the Disneystore.com relaunch in 2012.

All characters and images are the property of The Walt Disney Company.

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LeeLu

Included:
  • Fully rigged character project for After Effects CS4 and up
  • Supporting Photoshop files
  • Character animation examples
System Requirements:
Mac or PC
After Effects CS4 and Up
Photoshop (optional)
Price: $4.99

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Ki Tee

Included:
  • Fully rigged character project for After Effects CS4 and up
  • Supporting Photoshop files
  • Character animation examples
System Requirements:
Mac or PC
After Effects CS4 and Up
Photoshop (optional)
Price: $4.99

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K Vin

Included:
  • Fully rigged character project for After Effects CS4 and up
  • Supporting Photoshop files
  • Character animation examples
System Requirements:
Mac or PC
After Effects CS4 and Up
Photoshop (optional)

Price: $4.99

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CIFF Winner

CIFF WInner

Test won Best Music Video at the Cannes Independent Film Festival. Kasey and I attended some of the screenings. The rest of the time we travels around the beautiful South of France. Cannes, Antibe, Vence, Grasse, and Monaco. We had a great time.

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Music Video – The Subterraneans

www.onestuckduck.com | Dir: Robert Powers

Music: The Subterraneans (Josh Powers & Eric Collins) For more music: www.pollenrecords.com

Storyboard: Mike J. Smith & Chris Conforti
Robot Designs: Robert Powers & Chris Timmons
Animation: Jeremy Sawyer, Robert Powers, Chris Conforti, Chris Timmons, Jon Paul Brower and Jene Wallace
Sound Design: Robert Powers

Awards:
“Best Music Video”- Cannes Independent Film Festival 2010
“Silver Ace Award” – Las Vegas Film Festival 2010

90% of this music video was animated in After Effects. The ice cream trucks were created in Maya. Thanks to all the talented people at OSD. We had a great time working on this music video.

Robots Love Ice Cream t-shirts are on sale at www.onestuckduck.com

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EVW Communications

EVW develops and produces digital media — mainly films, videos and animations — that have consistently inspired audiences and improved the fiscal, operational, and/or public capacities of their clients. Eric Weil, the founder of EVW, and I have been working together for 10 years on a variety of projects including Nick JR’s show “Little Bill” and PBS’s “Janie and Jerome” for which Eric was the creator and producer. Whenever EVW Communications needs motion graphics for their project, they come to SipperyRockNYC. Together we have worked on The Ring 20 Foundation, the New York Runners and EHS.