Animation Video

Video Effects



Some time ago I was given the opportunity to work on a promo video for my dear old brother for his magic act. He and his magic act partner do several shows and whatnot around the KC area and for their newly established website, they needed a promo video. He had the general idea of what he wanted, so he filmed it, recorded the voice over and sent it to me to add all the effects.

I used After Effects for all of the effects and the little bit of editing I did (some of the voice over didn’t match up with the visual cues). But my main role was to add that vintage look to the video and that MTV text writing that happens. It really didn’t take too long and I somehow forgot to ever put this thing up on the blog (it was created quite a while ago), but here it is in all of it’s glory.


Till next time…

David (Cali Dingo)




Music Video Is Finished…. At Long Last

As I’ve stated here and there in the past few months, I’ve been involved in creating a music video for the band Sanford (my brother’s band) and Jesse Padilla (video editor extraordinaire). Well, we finally finished the darn thing and I couldn’t be prouder. So, without a bunch of talk, I’m just gonna show you the final piece. Good work to all involved!


Thanks for watching.

You can view all the posts related to this video here.

David (Cali Dingo)



Behind the Scenes Video

Editing A Music Video

Hello All,

I had the pleasure of meeting up with Jesse Padilla over this past weekend to get some heavy duty editing done on the little music video we’ve been slaving on for quite a while now. It’s coming along quite nicely and will hopefully have something to share in the coming months. It tends to be a long process for us because, well, quite frankly we have day jobs and we fit this between side projects as we can.

The following pictures are of our editing session. Hopefully the next to the last editing session. We both feel strongly about the edits and are hoping the artist feels the same way. We then can move on to adding the FX, which is the fun part.

The editing was accomplished using Adobe Premiere, for those of you wondering.


The two culprits.
Me coming up with an idea that is impossible to pull off. Happened quite a lot. lol
Did I just touch the screen?!?! Barbaric young man, I am.
The master at the helm. This man can do it all.
Watching our efforts.


Till next time!

David (Cali Dingo)




Behind the Scenes How To Video

Music Video Sample

Hello again,

As I stated in the last post, I have been fortunate enough to be involved in a music video. I and my creative cohort came up with the idea for the video storyline, I created the art for the animatic and then he and I animated the graphic art to make the animatic. It was approved and now we are off to filming. We first went location scouting and fortunately, there were only 2 locations needed for this shoot. Then we slated a full Saturday to film all the necessary shots.

It was a fun experience and I want to do it again, for sure. The only thing I can remember that was not too fun was the heat. I was not acclimated to the 100+ weather yet, so I was losing it. But, outside of that little hiccup all things went exceptionally well.

We aren’t done, however. Editing is now our workload. We have knocked out 1 full session of collaborative editing, but I foresee us doing another round just to tighten things up. Then if it’s approved, we’ll start color correcting, adding filters, etc. to really make this thing pop.

Below are a few stills from shooting day and below that is a small 20 sec. clip from our latest editing efforts. I want to put a thank you out there to the small cast that played the street crowd and also the awesome kids who jumped at the chance to do a little scene stealing.

Without further ado….


This was our first location for the day. You can see the heat coming up off the ground. Dojo was able to capture this effect on film. Pretty cool.
Close up for a scene.
Scene that was represented in the animatic sample I posted last week.
The star of the video. Homemade prop.
Here I am, out of shape and all, going over the song section with the cast and artist. Only took us a few tries to get everyone in synch.
Another scene shot for the last section of the song.

I’ll continue to post updates on the making of this video.

Hope you enjoyed.

Till next time…

David (Cali Dingo)



Animation How To Illustration Video

Animatic for Music Video

Hello World!

As I’ve stated in previous posts, I’ve been blessed to be involved in many awesome projects that I never thought would come my way so quickly. I am at a point now that I feel I can start sharing some samples of these projects and hopefully some of these will shed a little light on how some projects are realized. In my line of business everything starts with an idea and it’s my job to realize this idea or make it materialize into something tangible to be taken in by the mass populace. It’s troubleshooting in it’s most creative form.

Today I want to share a project that has been on-going for several months now. I was approached about making a music video. I’ve never made or been a part of making a music video in my entire life, not to mention, video is not truly my forte. Regardless, the project was too intriguing to say no. My first line of business upon agreeing to take part in this was to find someone who actually is a whiz at video and video editing.  Enter: Dojo of Cool. First obstacle taken care of.

Second line of business was to create an animatic showing our collaborative efforts in sequencing this video. A… what? … you say.  An animatic is an animation tool to help show and demonstrate the sequencing of events for a movie, scene or, in this case, an entire music video. Essentially a storyboard that comes to life. It’s one thing to verbally describe the order of events and how they are to look and feel, but we all know too well that verbal description tends to get lost in translation. Animatics make up for this handicap.

So, we meshed my animation/graphic design skills with Dojo’s video editing skills and we created a great (and I really mean great) animatic. The client was head over heals and totally understood what we mean to accomplish with this video and they were all in. This means we accomplished our goal.

I would like to share a small :30 sec sample of the animatic and also share the graphics that went into the animation. Now, the animation is rudimentary on purpose. We aren’t going to waste our client’s time and money making an Oscar-worthy cartoon. Our goal with this animatic is to help set up the general feel, scene shots, sequencing and timing for the video. So, our main time and attention is spent on editing rather than good animation.

Here are the elements we used in creating the animation you’ll see in the sample. I’m staring from the first scene to the last.

This is a backdrop for an entrance shot.
This is layered onto the backdrop and animated to show the character’s approach toward the camera.
The backdrop of our closeup.
Foot illustration which is animated on the closeup backdrop.
Closeup of face. Animated to show walking.
The backdrop for the head shot.
Close up of his mid section.
His hand carrying the telescope. This is animated over his body.
Another backdrop for the next scene.
This is animated over the leg backdrop to show he has stopped and is setting the suitcase down.
Looking through telescope.
Character’s POV through telescope.


These elements were used to make the following animatic.

The animatic was a blast to work on. But the fun doesn’t stop there. We have since shot the actual video and are in the process of editing as we speak. More posts to come regarding this music video and the creation of it.

Till then…

David (Cali Dingo)