ALIEN ENCOUNTER
       
     
VERSA-TILITY.
       
     
LIGHT SHOW
       
     
ORC ENCAMPMENT
       
     
THE HORDE
       
     
Season 6 Finale: First Step
       
     
Season 6 Finale: Rendering
       
     
Season 6 Finale: Concept becomes Reality
       
     
SCALE SET DRAWINGS
       
     
       
     
Reveal Stage Set Photo
       
     
JUDGES' DESK RENDERING
       
     
JUDGES' DESK SET PHOTO
       
     
BEST LAID PLANS
       
     
WALL OF LIGHT
       
     
ALIEN ENCOUNTER
       
     
ALIEN ENCOUNTER

Created a 300' crop circle in 12 working hours using a surveying level, an iPhone running google maps in satellite view, and a crew of four to trample corn!

VERSA-TILITY.
       
     
VERSA-TILITY.

Using programmable Versa-Tubes™ for our finale reveal.

LIGHT SHOW
       
     
LIGHT SHOW

Created a DJ booth using programmable Nexus™ 4x4 Panels that animated and pulsed with the music.

ORC ENCAMPMENT
       
     
ORC ENCAMPMENT

Set up and and dressed a small Orc camp for a challenge reveal where contestants had only a couple hours to apply makeup to an Orc horde.

THE HORDE
       
     
THE HORDE

Props for over 50 extras, including 6 custom banners made from eucalyptus branches with hand-painted logos I designed for each orc tribe.

Season 6 Finale: First Step
       
     
Season 6 Finale: First Step

Measured out our location in Downtown LA with my trusty tape measure, then re-created it as a to-scale virtual space in SketchUp to figure out how to accommodate our set elements.

Season 6 Finale: Rendering
       
     
Season 6 Finale: Rendering

I then use IDX Renditioner to add material textures and lighting effects to bring the drawing to life.  This step is necessary to sell our concept to the network.  Lasers and atmosphere added in Photoshop.

Season 6 Finale: Concept becomes Reality
       
     
Season 6 Finale: Concept becomes Reality

And finally, a photo from the actual set with crowd and talent in place.  

SCALE SET DRAWINGS
       
     
SCALE SET DRAWINGS

Here's the blueprint I did for our expanded Season 3 Live Finale stage.  We took elements from our Reveal Stage and incorporated them into a larger space to accommodate a live audience and unique format.  Drawn in SketchUp and finished in LayOut.

       
     
VIDEO: FACE OFF Reveal Stage PreVis

Previsualization helps the network make important creative decisions; showing them our concepts modeled out virtual 3d space helps them visualize our ideas-- thus greatly expediting the process.  Modeled in SketchUp and lights rendered in Maya.

Reveal Stage Set Photo
       
     
Reveal Stage Set Photo

This photo from the actual set shows just how accurate we were able to get with our previsualization, rendered weeks before.

JUDGES' DESK RENDERING
       
     
JUDGES' DESK RENDERING

When we took over the design of the Reveal Stage in Season 2, we wanted a bold redesign of Judges' Table.  This rendering was sent to the network for approval before we could build it. Modeled in SketchUp and rendered through IDX Renditioner.

JUDGES' DESK SET PHOTO
       
     
JUDGES' DESK SET PHOTO

Oscar-winning effects artists Glenn Hetrick, Ve Neill, Neville Page--and special guest judge Bryan Singer--await the makeups.

BEST LAID PLANS
       
     
BEST LAID PLANS

I create my concept renders to scale in our virtual space, thus translating seamlessly into actual construction drawings.  Modeled in SketchUp and finished in LayOut.

WALL OF LIGHT
       
     
WALL OF LIGHT

With Season 6, the network gave us the note they wanted a "bold and extreme" new look for the lab.  We created this backlight wall using sanded plexiglass and CNC routed stainless steel.