Retro TV style frames for VH1

While digging around in my client files the other day I came across these style frames I created for VH1 a little while back.  I was hired to create the digital boards for their new television lightswitch, essentially working on sequences and mapping out motion to stylize their bumpers and logo spots. A lot of these are super early in the process, rough stuff to catch a style even before I had the logo. Experiments, really. Lost relics.

Some are better then others, but early on I really wanted to push some retro television styles into this, and try to create a flavor of television design from the late 70s and early 80s. Spectrums, lens flares, space stuff, all the things I remember seeing on tv when I was a kid. I wanted it a bit rough and textured as well. Complete with slight film skips and dust. Authentic, ya know?

Most of these went unused and the final product was predominately my spectrum lines all animated up. Really cool stuff, and put together by the talented folks at Laundry. Check it out. Real pretty, love the lighting they did.

When I came across the images above I was reminded of the original vision I had. Something vintage, oldschool tube television from back in the day. Had a great time working these up.







10 responses to “Retro TV style frames for VH1”

  1. Dean Avatar

    That video looked highly based on the images you have shown, especially the spectrum lines you said about, and also the background and overall feeling.

    Did you get some credit for these in the final product?

    Also just interested in how they go about this process, but did they contact you to draw up some ideas for what they could use for some idents etc. and then they get ‘Laundry’ to animate this all up using your vision for the style. Maybe something you could answer in SNBC?


  2. caroline Avatar

    man these rock!

  3. james Avatar

    Dean, yeah the clips that Laundry uses on their site looks like a compilation of the spectrum lines. Really cool to see all in once place. I believe my name is listed somewhere as a conceptual credit, just not sure where specifically. And you pretty much nailed the process. I handed them layered files and they used some of the elements and rendered most of it in 3D, I do believe.

  4. Ollie Judge Avatar

    These are pretty damn awesome sir! If only VH1 used these in the UK the channel might actually be worth watching.

  5. Pentaura Avatar

    The best one is either the 1st one or the 8th one. Did you use a scan line pattern overlay to get that stripe effect?

  6. Jorden Tually Avatar

    Ohh these are amazing, the lightning one destroys!

  7. ALI Avatar

    great artwork man, I like your creations, they look awesome.

  8. John Williams Avatar

    These would be fantastic as desktop wallpaper, sans the VH1 logos. :D

  9. Reilly Newman (Zangaroo) Avatar

    I love these!
    Very clean yet still fun, funky, and creatively active!
    -Reilly Newman

  10. DavevsDave Avatar

    All of these are fantastic, I especially enjoy the spacey earth one (4th from the bottom).


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