I first ventured into motion graphics in 2005 with Ulead GIF Animator 5. After learning new editing and design techniques through tutorials on YouTube, I later began using Sony Vegas 7 in 2008. Through more YouTube video tutorials, I expended my list of software to include the Adobe Creative Suite CS5 in November 2011 and Maxon Cinema 4D in late 2012.
My work has gotten quite the recognition from peers and educators, as nearly all of what you’re about to see is self-taught. Below are examples of what I put out. These include reels of personal work as well as client work, juxtaposed to show the gradual evolution of skills. However, I must encourage you to view my signature project as well.
In January 2014, I was scouted by MyScene TV, a Baton Rouge-based entertainment show, to design a virtual set to ring in the second half of the sixth season. Below is the debut of my design.
I have since executed two more designs: one for the seventh season, and another for the eighth season and beyond. Visit this page for more information on the show.
MySceneTV airs Saturdays at 4:30pm on WBXH Channel 16.
Below is a string of bumpers that I’ve used for the end of my videos, cleverly timed to my original music.
Classic Film 3, 2014
Made with Adobe After Effects CS5, this was designed to mimic the old-school title animations of the ’70s and ’80s, specifically CBS’s Special Movie Presentation. The music used is a sample from “RGB World,” composed in 2014.
Classic Film 1, 2014
Made with Adobe After Effects CS5, this was a remake of a rarely used bumper from 2010. Originally called “Kaleidoscope,” this bumper recreates the slit-scan and backlit title designs from the early 1970s, specifically ABC’s Movie of the Week. The music used is a sample from the “A True HouseSon” remix, composed in 2011.
Vector Flourish, 2014
This was probably one of my most complex designs. Made with Adobe After Effects CS5, vector flourishes were a theme I’ve always wanted to experiment with. The design was updated after this video was posted. The music used is a sample from “Slim Pickins,” composed in 2012.
One Day, 2013
Modeled in Maxon Cinema 4D, this was an excuse to recreate the Macy’s One Day Sale ads at the time. The caricature was originally a 2D cartoon I did in PowerPoint in 2010, but it evolved into a 3D model in light of a family portrait. The music used is a sample from “Slim Pickins,” composed in 2012.
This design was based on the old sliding puzzles, also seen in a Super Mario game and the Match Game ’90 intro. This video was designed in Adobe After Effects CS5, and the music used is a sample from “I Want it More,” originally composed in 2011.
One of my all-time favorite designs, this bumper was designed in Adobe After Effects CS5, featuring a specialized mix of 2012’s “Slim Pickins.”
A remake of a “classic,” this bumper was originally designed with Adobe After Effects CS4 in 2011, updated with overlays from Maxon Cinema 4D. The music used is an old un-mastered rendering of “Skinny Genes” from 2010.
GMV (Graphics-Music-Video), 2013
Created with Maxon Cinema 4D, this was the original update of the “classic” mentioned above, reflecting my then ‘graphics – music – video’ moniker. The music is the coda of “Skinny Genes,” remastered in 2012.
Below are some of my favorite works for various users on YouTube. Most of them are from late 2011, back when I only charged a flat rate of $30. One was also the winner of a contest.
Made with Sony Vegas 7, this was designed for “Classy Carmen’s” cosmetics channel PrinsessBeautify. The music used is a sample from “Buckhead Station,” composed in 2010.
Made with Sony Vegas 7 and Adobe After Effects, this was designed for same-sex couple Lexus and Nani, and their channel Lexnani.
The Lion’s Den, 2011
An uncontested winner made with Sony Vegas 7, this was designed for a ‘new intro contest’ hosted by Andy for his interview channel TheLionsDenNews. The music used is a sample of “Rockstar” from 2006.
Made with Sony Vegas 7, this was designed for Philip and his video blog channel ImaZombeh. The intro was designed based on his channel’s background image at the time. The music used is a sample from “2009,” composed on New Year’s Eve 2009.
The LATC Show, 2011
Made with Sony Vegas 7, this was designed for lesbian couple Tracy and Chelsea for their video blog series The Lesbian Adventures of Tracy and Chelsea on their channel TheLATCShow. The intro is based on the reality show The Real L Word.
The Boys of Raannt, 2011
Made with Sony Vegas 7, this was designed for Peter and Alex and their video blog channel TheBoysofRaannt, complementing their entertainment blog raannt here on WordPress. The music used is a sample of “Blow” from 2009.
Made with Sony Vegas 7, this was designed for psychologist Peter Monn from TheBoysofRaannt to be used on his video blog channel Pemovision. With the original music removed for copyright, dubbed is a sample 2011’s “Albatross.”
Below is a chronology of some of my oldest work. These various projects include online reality TV games and video series, carefully selected to show my progression in graphic and title design. The rest of the portfolio in this category can be found throughout my YouTube page.
Made with Ulead GIF Animator 5 and edited with Windows Movie Maker, this was the intro for my team’s Pre-Calculus presentation in senior year at Tara High School.
Gauntlet 4, 2007
Made with Ulead GIF Animator 5 and edited with Windows Movie Maker, this was the intro for my MySpace game “Gauntlet 4” using the game format from MTV’s The Real World/Road Rules Challenge. This is the variant used after the first two people were eliminated.
1:96 Space Shuttle site intro–updated, 2008
Made with Windows Movie Maker, this was the intro for the website of my 1/96th scale cardstock Space Shuttle models. However, the models and site were never made public (excuse the mispelling of “mementos”). The music is the original version of “Launch,” created in 2004 using Voyetra’s Record Producer MIDI. Note the bad instruments and lack of sync.
JJLucasH channel intro, 2008
Made with Ulead GIF Animator, this was a short-lived intro for my YouTube channel based on the X-Men cartoons from the 1990s.
JJLucasH channel intro, 2010
Made with Sony Vegas 7, this short-lived YouTube design was based on an intro for my JJH Vlog series. The music is based on an old “Good Things, Good People” remix from 2008.
KingWorld (1989), 2011
JJLucasH graphic design reel, 2011
Edited with Sony Vegas 7, this is a collection of graphics used for my YouTube channel over the years.
JJH Vlog graphic design reel, 2011
Edited with Sony Vegas 7, this is a collection of graphics from my JJH Vlog series in 2009.
JJLucasH channel intro, 2011
Edited with Sony Vegas 7, this was my first time using Adobe’s After Effects, the edition from Creative Suite 4. With dozens of tutorials on YouTube, this effect, commonly referred to as light streaks, was made popular by the iPod commercials of the late 2000s. Other techniques used were 3D text and optical flares. The music is the coda, or tail end, of “Skinny Genes,” composed in 2010.
Team USA 2012 – The Bold and the Beautiful, 2012
My very first edit in Adobe Premiere Pro, this video allowed me to test out the different features of the software.