Author Archives: Sammy

Sam Batty 2020 Showreel

My animation show reel for 2020.

Pieces include, with software used

‘LIVIN’ – After Effects
‘EXCITE’ After Effects
‘INSPIRE’ After Effects
‘Kurve Jug Promo’ After Effects
‘OREAS Promo’ After Effects
‘6 Tips for Shooting Video Yourself’ After Effects
‘Origins of Gooby II’ Toon Boom Animate
‘Palin BMS Promo’ After Effects
‘Streambed Sizzle Reel’ After Effects
‘AFL 50 Membership’ After Effects
‘Melbourne City Promo’ Cinema 4D
‘WEMOV Meet the Team’ After Effects
‘Dealing with Dangerous Animals’ After Effects
‘INFORM’ After Effects
‘WE WANT TO MAKE YOUR ONLINE VIDEOS’ After Effects

Definitely levelled up since the last one I made. A lot of these pieces are collaborative (I hear collaboration gets you hired) and the other people/companies involved are:

We Make Online Videos
Will Hunt
Planet Dolan Productions

Thanks to everyone involved! Have a wicked year and let’s make some animations!!!

2016 Animation Showreel

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My 2016 Animation Showreel was completed using skills learned at the Jumbla Academy, which is essentially an animation studio in South Melbourne opening their doors for us wannabes to learn the latest going-ons in animation and also to get a feel for what the studio experience is like.

F-CAN
Here’s a still from a mock energy drink commercial I made. Main software used was after effects and illustrator. Finally, these programs make sense to me, and the rapid workflow that’s involved in getting these kinds of images moving the ways to me has made this a viable tool to do work quickly and to a really awesome standard.

excalibur
Imagine this as the title card for a really exciting kid’s fantasy epic teleseries. EXCALIBUR!!!!

builtbyman
Here’s the result of me going crazy with learning 3D Stuff. This was a load of fun, I feel my skills in 3D went through the roof. I think Cinema 4D is a pretty intuitive and powerful program that I’m sure I’ll be doing a lot more work in. This is for a mock tourism commercial.

And here’s a title sequence for a Sci-Fi called NEOMANCER! I interpreted that as meaning some sort of techno-wizard so I designed a ‘magic computer’ around the letters of the word. What a sweet excuse to figure out some advanced After Effects plugins as well, such as SABER!

What a sweet showreel, I had a great time and learned so much!

2016 Animation Showreel

My animation show reel for 2016.

Pieces include, with software used:

‘EXCALIBUR’ – after effects
‘MELBOURNE CITY PROMO’ – cinema 4d, after effects
‘NEOMANCER’ – cinema 4d, after effects
‘FCAN COMMERCIAL’ – after effects
‘NO MORE GOLDEN PARACHUTES’ – flash
‘GARREN THE ROCKROACH’ – toon boom animate
‘RESPONSIBLE GAMBLING’ – toon boom animate

It’s been a great year! Thanks to experience and knowledge (not to mention the fantastic time) I gained at the Jumbla Academy where I learnt about After Effects and Cinema 4D as powerful animation tools for my arsenal. Since then, I’ve been able to get another show reel out; two show reels, two backing music tracks for the original Super Meat Boy OST. I’m looking forward to getting a great deal more projects out!

Walking Moustache

Walking Moustache is my most recent web design client. The site was mocked up by my very talented and good friend Pierce O’Brien. The design was built to emphasise the amazing visual variety and beauty of their very incredible video production work. All we needed to do was make a beautiful, clean design around it (and keep it that way across multiple screen resolutions!) The images get a little bigger inside the frame as you roll them over – initially I wanted animated transitions but it made the site feel clunkier. I hope to try again in a future update.

walking-moustache-screenshot2

The mobile view also collapses the above grid into 1 column at portrait and 2 columns at landscape – it is also 2 columns in portrait for tablets, and at landscape, the tablet view is the same as the desktop view.

Since Walking Moustache are a team, we needed a way to categorise items not only by the individual videos themselves, but also the particular credit they were – and if they didn’t work on the video, their name should not appear there at all right? To that end, custom fields were implemented. Continue reading

Welcome to Scarnon!

Hello and welcome to Scarnon.net, the home of the very best Sam Batty digital creations.

I am an animator and web designer from Melbourne, Australia and my very favourite creations are posted up to this site. I hope this will be the start of an amazing space; I’m hoping this repository becomes motivational for me to keep plugging away at my craft rather than spending hundreds of hours playing X-COM or Metal Gear Solid.

I like to make people laugh, I love to excite, and I love to put a smile on user’s, viewer’s, client’s, and yo’ daddy’s face.

Something Hectic
showreel
My animation showreel. Watch it if you want to see what I’m about, but I fear for you, it will produce more questions than answers.

Something Cool
NMGP
No More Golden Parachutes is my 2009 satire of the Global Financial Crisis. Watch it if you want to see some cool animation.

Showreel 2008-2014

Showreel 2008-2014

All my best work from 2008 to 2014.

Clips from:
• No More Golden Parachutes (2008)
• Responsible Gambling Video (2012)
• My Family Meltdown (Animation Test) (2009)
• LORDZ (2008)
• LORDZ II: The Battle for Brentbrooke (2008)
• The Curry Bar (2009)
• Diamo (Animation Test) 2013
• Garren the Rockroach Pilot (2014)
• The Beug Crab (2013)
• Dreams of Janey (2012)

Garren the Rockroach backgrounds & character designs by Sean Kirkpatrick

Music on this showreel:
“Rocket Rider (Ch 3 Dark World)”
Danny Baranowsky
Super Meat Boy OST

Managing Contracts

Managing Contracts is a “satellite website” built to explain and sell the contract management module of their flagship Nimblex software.

This was a very important project for me as it was where I learned about the concept of ‘child themes’ which has sped up a lot of my web work with the forking of WordPress themes. Too often these days people want a similar website layout to their competitors yet designers and developers just charge them as if they were building from scratch, every time. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes starting from scratch is a breath of fresh air when your project is an absolute basket case (as is often the case when working with older sites).

managingcontracts

Sometimes I feel like it’s a challenge with clients who want to get everything, out on the table, right then and there. These things may make sense from a marketing perspective, but for a designer, it can be a nightmare.

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ebms.com.au

eBMS are a business management software company, located in Melbourne, Australia. Their flagship product, Nimblex, specialises in business process automation. It’s star module, the Contract Management System, is used by businesses the world over. They have grown in leaps and bounds during and since my time there.

Wow! My first real web project, I was hired in late 2011 as an in-house designer to bring ebms.com.au up to scratch. Way back then, I was learning the ropes and this was my first ‘serious’ WordPress site. I’ve been an addict ever since!

ebms

This site was my first time with such then-advanced concepts as sliders, CSS tables, and content management systems. I grew up with this thing! I did the illustrations too.

ebms2

CSS table with hover effects, coated in that safe, business-y blue.

While I didn’t design the template, I sure modified the living daylights out of it, chopping, changing, redesigning every facet. We relied almost exclusively on the website for sales leads so it was nice to feel important!