Image Savant is a fine art studio located in Hollywood, California, owned and operated by me, Richard "dr." Baily. My primary focus is digital fx animation, but occasionally I compose music, paint, and write.
SPORE is an ongoing software/aesthetic development project that has grown out of a proprietary ultra-high speed particle renderer which runs on Irix, Linux, and OSX. All the images on page 1 and 2 are stills from animations, and some of these stills are constructed with over 1 billion particles.
Ultimately, the goal is to build a living system that will breed and evolve designs and animations that I would never have dreamed of, and could not produce by any other means.
I have assembled two galleries that illustrate the current state of these new "genetic" experiments. The renderings are fairly low-rezz and grainy, but I believe that you will be as fascinated by these pictures as I am. Examples of some of these new image classes can be found here:
The following people have made significant contributions of their time and programming skills to this project: Josh Aller, J.Walt Adamczyk, Steven Klevatt, and Dan Rosen.
SPORE was used exclusively to deliver over 60,000 frames of atmospheric planet animation to the production of the feature film Solaris last year, and about 15,000 frames were also created for The Core. It has also been used to animate a character for the TV miniseries Wrinkle in Time. The grand finale for Marc Forster's film STAY has been completed, and SPORE animation is layered heavily throughout the entire 3+ minute sequence. No release date has been set yet, but We expect that the film will be released this fall.
Much of my time for the next year is going to be spent on the new Superman movie that is beginning production, Bryan Singer, who directed the Xmen movies and The Usual Suspects, has been selected to direct this one. I was just hired onto it a couple of weeks ago. There is a lot of secrecy surrounding this project, so don't ask! I'll tell you what little I can in the months to come. I have been assigned some terrific design and animation to do for it and this is another chance to show what the SPORE can do. I think this new one is supposed to release in 2006, probably early summer.
Image Savant has a licensing and distribution deal with Artbeats for SPORE animation "loops and events" and the first two volumes were debuted at NAB in April 2003. There is a fourth title out now called Nightmare Light that has a few clips of mine on it too. You can now purchase approx. 80 video rezz "canned" SPORE animations to use on your projects. Here are links to all four currently available titles:
The stoner video is titled XTACISM and was recently screened at MOCA along with other short films as part of the Hirschorn exhibition "Visual Music". This was quite an honor, and my thanks to Cindy Keefer of the Center for Visual Music for including it in the show. The CVM has a website store where you can buy incredible videotapes and DVD's of many incredible short films, including work by Jordan Belson, Len Lye, and many other artists.
Speaking of XTACISM, I have placed a brief excerpt of it on my site for you to see. If you have a fast internet hookup you might be able to download it, it's made at full video rezz, motion jpeg A, and is over 50 Megs in size. John Buchanan did most of the work composing and assembling the piece, and it looks fantastic:
Several of my images have been published in an Abrams book on CG by professor and author Peter Weishar. It's a fantastic coffee table book that focuses on the more artistic side of CG, and has a section devoted to independent artists like me. Go ahead and buy it, it only costs 25 bucks and you'll be blown away. You can take a look at it here:
CONTEMPORARY magazine is published in London and is generally regarded as the premiere fine art periodical in the world. An article on me appeared in last fall's Issue #57, the West Coast issue, and if you really want to know what this studio is all about, Rene has explained it better than anyone else has before. You can read the text of the article in this transcription:
Thank you for visiting here, and for all the wonderful e-mails I have received. The response to these galleries has been tremendous. Feel free to write to me anytime.
p.s. I don't use any html tools here, I hacked this whole site together in "vi". It looks right with Safari on my macintosh powerbook...