department supervisor   º   crowds   º   pipeline engineer   º   technical director
allen.stetson@gmail.com   º   19677 crystal springs ct. newhall, ca 91321 usa   º   661.857.4023
       
year: undetermined
role: department supervisor, crowds
duties: overseeing operations of crowd department, both technical and creative. directing motion-capture shoots. personally authoring crowds. personally authoring new technologies, standards, practices, and documentation.
direct manager: doug cooper (visual effects supervisor)
notes: despite Me and My Shadow having been indefinitely suspended, likely to never again see the light of day, i put over a year of labor into this film with huge success.

initially, i set up the show and got the pipeline up and functional enough to produce test renders, and generated bids for the crowd work in the film. i directed two motion capture shoots, forming a solid base of cycle animation for upcoming sequences. i was joined by a team of three others who improved our software and pipeline, built agents and templates for agents in Massive, and keyframed numerous generic cycle actions.

i developed a new library system for cycle animation, supported by several studio services, that allow for the browsing, searching, collecting, cross-referencing, and utilization of cycles from all dreamworks animation shows across different characters for use in multiple production departments. lastly, we completed work on three sequences involving both vehicle traffic and ambient human crowds.
DIRECTING A MOCAP SHOOT - ME AND MY SHADOW