FUI / HUD and Screen design
News Graphics and Design
LAZER TEAM HUD DEVELOPMENT
My primary role on the first Lazer Team film was to develop the look and feel of the heads up display that Woody, the member of Lazer Team with the helmet, would use during the film. In the movie, the Antarians sent each suit of power to a race just before 'the threat' appeared. Thinking that since they send this suit of power to species other than themselves I thought it was important that the UI be not overly complicated and understandable. Early tests were much too busy on screen and got simpler as the concept developed. It was taking and animating the Antarian language the film's art department had created that got me to a place where I had a kit that I could use as building blocks. Click any of the images in the gallery to open up a larger view and more process explanations.
The American government prepped for the alien invasion ahead of getting the suit of power. They developed their own version that was sort of close to what they were going to get but obviously driven much more by US design sensibilities. I'd already designed the Antarian version so this became a design exercise in "video gamifying" it.
LAZER TEAM HUD "BODY SCAN"
One of the 'powers' of the Antarian helmet was being able to scan bodies. Mocha ended up driving the solution for this animation. Click any of the images in the gallery to open up a larger view and more process explanations.
SCREEN DESIGN AND LOGO DESIGN
In the process of working on all of the screen inserts in the film I ended up doing a significant amount of identity work on both broadcast news packages and ads on websites. Click any of the images in the gallery for a look at some of the corporate identity work and other sundry design piece explanations.
These security camera screens from the military base Lazer Team needs to escape from were a tribute to the designs of FUI designer Mark Coleran. They were relatively quick and dirty so I kitbashed and altered pieces from other software for the playback buttons.
At the end of the film, earth wins and news networks all over the world chime in with news footage of the victory. Aside from one more opportunity to hide jokes, (in the French news graphics the headline reads "French rejoice that the battle could be won without France being invaded"), I was also able to bring on friends from around the world to help develop news graphics so they didn't feel like they were created by one person. A friend in Latvia altered the news graphics for the national news station he works at. Somehow, after the film came out, someone at the news station happened to see the movie and was shocked to see an American movie parodying Latvian national news so accurately. Latvia had recently had a national election, and one afternoon at work I had this subtitled video sent to me.