Thursday, February 9, 2017

Stunning Behind-the-scenes look at our Nissan Snowmen commercial

Wow. Check this out. Here is the commercial we did for Nissan:

Nissan Rogue - Return of the Snowman from The Embassy on Vimeo.



And here is the making-of version. Shot in August in hot weather on a parking lot full of salt we transformed the footage into something to send chills down your spine. Fantastic work from everyone on the team, I'm very proud to have been a part of this.

Nissan Return of the Snowman: Behind the Scenes from The Embassy on Vimeo.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Killer Nissan commercial I worked on.

The footage for this spot was shot in August in a parking lot with a little bit of Salt on the ground to stand in for snow.

We replaced most of the environment in every shot, added more cars, and created the snowmen.

One of the best commercials that Ive been fortunate enough to work on. The entire team did an amazing job.

https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=PJVe4O4uFp0

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Roko's Labyrinth - free to download Dec 16, 17, 18

My SciFi novella Roko's Labyrinth is free on Amazon Kindle or Kindle Unlimited on December 16th, 17th, and 18th.

The story is set in a broken world, a post-AI time when the struggle for who will control the future, the machines or humankind will be decided by an unlikely hero.

The Kindle app works on all devices and it's a great help to indie authors to climb the Amazon charts with free downloads. Please grab a copy and tell your friends. Or I'll tell Santa on you.

https://www.amazon.com/Rokos-Labyrinth-Michael-Blackbourn-ebook/dp/B01J34SUSW/


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Winter wonderland

The other morning I shot a couple great pics with my cell phone while waiting for road crews to plow and salt

I had to wait a short walk from a beach and so I out I went to the shoreline and shot the snow blanketed seascape.

I really like how the contrast of the snow against the shoreline and dark wood of the trees came through. Especially considering these are color photographs.

The following morning had already melted the snow from the rocks, making this particular view a fleeting one that I was lucky to capture.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

BMW films

So over the summer I was fortunate enough to work on the new BMW short film by Neill Blomkamp.

It features a helicopter that gets a rough treatment by an concrete overpass as Clive Owen takes it for a spin. For the sequence we created a CG helicopter and digital doubles of two of the actors, one of them the bearded version of The Punisher from Daredevil,.

Check it out, it's a fun ride from start to finish!

http://bmwfilms.com/film


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Great review of Roko's Basilisk

Great review of Roko's Basilisk. Captures why I wrote it, to tell a ghost story for gen-internet. One that, should we create advanced AI, could be true!

Summoning your own savior is not for the faint of heart.




https://intothedragonscave.blogspot.ca/2016/08/rokos-basilisk-random-encounters-16.html

Monday, July 25, 2016

Short story cover reveal



Here they are... The covers for my pair of short stories / novellas about Roko Kasun, a genius AI programmer and the consequences he faces by being the architect of a super-intelligent machine mind.

Both are 0.99$ on Amazon Kindle or free if you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited. Click here for the link to Basilisk. The link to Labyrinth is also now live: Labyrinth



Each story is its own little twilight-zone style contained episode. You really don't need to read one, then the other. But you can. And you should!

Hit me up on twitter and let me know what you thought. Take me to Michael's Twitter Page, Now!