When Bill O'Neil introduced this project in an After Effects tutorial at the COW, the response was so overwhelming that we asked Bill for more. In this follow-up, he explores techniques not covered in the original article. Bill is a commercial director based in Chicago, and principal at O'Neil Productions. He was the last stop-motion animator of The Pillsbury Doughboy before the little nerf blob found a new identity in CGI. (Although a fan of 3D, Bill thinks he never looked the same - almost like the second Darren on Bewitched.) Bill also directed many episodes of the "Life in the Refrigerator" segment for Pee Wee's Playhouse. His favorite was the Peanut Butter and Jelly wedding event.
When a project requires a photo-realistic 3D world, After Effects isnt usually the first program that comes to mind. Typically a 3D modeling/animation program is necessary to create virtual 3D worlds, but in this article CreativeCOW contributing editor Bill O'Neil demonstrates creating a 3D world for a TV spot he was hired to direct and post for the Big Ten Basketball Conference.
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