When I lent my services to a collegue who was working on a film about 12 years ago, I was introduced to the world of cnc. I remember watching this huge machining centre milling out a slab of mdf and turning it into a fantastic set of gears. I knew that it would have taken me hours to achieve the same thing with traditional power tools. I decided then that I would invest in a cnc router for my own business Oxenham Design. At that time I could turn on a computer, but even to check email seemed like a crazy set of operations. I persevered and learned every piece of relevant software I could get my hands on. I am now fortunate enough to be using Vectric's ASPIRE software, and Techno cnc routers, which has helped us to create some amazing projects, both in part, or in full. I thought that this blog would be a great place to share "behind the scenes" adventures with the software, materials and equipment we use, as well as the projects we build.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Weird Things On My Desk #3

The Saga of weird things on my desk returns..................................

What is that!?!?


Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Watching the pros at work!

Our call time for shooting the gingerbread build was 8 am at Westside Studio.
We're shooting the Fedex job through famed photographer George Simhoni. George is great guy to work with, in fact everyone at Westside is great to work with! George is one cool cucumber, with such a dry sense of humor, sometimes I don't know if I should laugh at what he says. The answer is always yes, but sometimes my brain can't tell right away!

We also showed up with enough candy assets to intimidate the Easter Bunny. We laid out all our candy so the clients, and art director, could choose if they wanted to add anything to the build once they could see it through the camera lens.
I spent quite a lot of time in front of the camera as well! Not as an amazing man-model, but more of a candy truck wrangler. Jody was also on set for this this, and was the royal icing queen, when it was needed.

The great thing about shooting stills, is the camera doesn't move very much from the original layout.
A bit higher, abit lower, a little left or right, but usually always within 12 inches of the concept artwork. This allows us to know exactly how much of something we need to build. Like the roof on the house. we only built what you can see in these 2 pictures. The back side of the truck has no icing, or logo even. And it's gonna be a cold gingerbread winter, with no back walls on the house either!

This job was awesome! A lot of fun to build at the shop, and even more fun to shoot on the day. Plus the deadline was really 3 days, so we didn't even have time to hate it because it dragged on!!!

At the end of the shoot, George and I decided to whip out a stop motion feature film with the assets available to us.

Please sit back, and enjoy the film below, the world will never witness another cinematic masterpiece like this again:
This is why I love my job! Everyday is different, and we get to work with the most amazing people all the time!

Monday, 15 December 2014

Gingerbread all the way!

Work on the gingerbread build continued to chug along, with all of our attention focused on the house portion.

We ended up testing out several roof styles, until everyone at the agency was happy!
In the end, green overlapped smarties became the winning roof style. You won't be eating this house! Resin gingerbread, with crazy-glued smarties.............toxic tastiness! I will however flip anyone a 20 dollar bill if they can choke this baby down when were done. Don't worry, it'll be a brand new $20 bill, if that sweetens the deal for you!
We also decided on going with plastic display trees, mixed with our "gingerbread bushes" to decorate the yard out front of the house. I sprayed up the trees green, while our awesome student helper, Sydney, got awarded the task of decorating them all with icing.

We also went with a yellow pvc for the window inserts. The word 'fondant' was used, but I prefer routing pvc! The final snow dress will be done on set, and we'll use fine sugar. Fine sugar will sparkle, and won't become a sticky dust like icing sugar would. Not too shabby for s day eating working with nothing but candy!