BBC Radio 1xtra "BassPhone"


BBC South East - 'Booze Free Xmas'


The Ting Tings 'Hands'


U.N.K.L.E. 'The Answer'


The Temper Trap 'Sweet Disposition'


Fujiya & Miyagi 'Knickerbocker'


Pendulum 'Granite'


Kathryn Williams 'When'


Steve Malkmus 'Dark Wave'


Fujiya & Miyagi 'Ankle Injuries'


The Whip 'Blackout'


Moby 'The Greatest Hits'


'Untitled' - short film

Welcome to Digital Distortion

Set up by Dan Sollis, DD is a boutique visual effects company producing work for the Film, Television, Music and Video Game industries. Principle areas of expertise include Editing, Video compositing, Motion graphic design, 3D CG modelling, animation and title design.

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BBC Radio1xtra - Attack of the BassPhone!
(posted 05-04-13)

I'm super excited to show the latest CG meisterwerk done in collaboration with long-term friend (and super-creative director) Robert Samuels: A 30 second promo created to advertise both the Charlie Sloth show on Radio 1XTRA and the show's new availability via a mobile phone app.  The entire scene - including the table and environment - was CG. Check it out!

Trapcode Mir - Fractal City
(posted 31-01-13)

I upgraded my copy of Trapcode Suite recently, so finally had a chance to have a proper play with the new plugin "Mir". It's an odd plugin for sure, but a lot of fun to play with. I created a desert city scene using it and rendered out some animation which I then cut to music. Check it out here - and if you want to see how it was made, the project file can be downloaded from that page too.

Red Dwarf X
(posted 24-10-12)

Did I mention that we did VFX for one of the episodes of the new series of Red Dwarf? Episode 6 got a lot of VFX love from Digital Distortion. There's a few screen graphics by us in Episode 4 too (showing tomorrow evening). More details coming after episode 6 airs - wouldn't want to spoil it!

Red Dwarf X

Liminal States: The Short Film
(posted 23-04-12)

it is done. After many months of toil, my live-action directing debut is done. My thanks to an awesome crew who helped me on this journey and I hope you like the end result!

This is... LIMINAL STATES

Going dark, back soon
(posted 05-04-12)

As you may have noticed, it's been a good long while since I last updated the site. I've been working on a big (and up to now - secret) project that will hopefully justify the time I've poured into it. It's a short film -and it launches on Apri 16th 2012. For some illuminating info about the project, why not go here and read an interview I did recently...

Trapcode Form 2
(posted 30-08-11)

The new version of Trapcode Form has been released and has a bunch of neat new features. I've done a little test using the new OBJ import support. Go and take a look at it here - and grab the project files too if you want to have a play!

UPDATE: a second, more complex Form 2 demo is now available. This models a galaxy, using an OBJ point cloud generated in Lightwave. As before, project files are available to download for free! Get it here.

After Effects experimentation: 3D Fractal Noise Cloud
(posted 10-06-11)

While playing around in After Effects with the Fractal Noise function, I realised that I could create a three-dimensional fractal by extruding it in Z-space over time. I've built a proof-of-concept demo, which you can view and download from here. It looks pretty cool, with a few caveats,

Updated After Effects script - AutoReplace from Folder
(posted 09-03-11)

I've just noticed that the Autoreplace from Folder script I created a while back, doesn't work in After Effects CS5. A bit of digging revealed that Adobe have finally killed off some deprecated File Dialog functions, so I'm updated it to work with the new methods. I've also added a small but handy feature to allow you to specify the max length of the filename to evaluate for searches (you can limit it to cut off any mangled characters added to the end of file name references by AVID and others).

This is a really handy script if you're conforming an edit in After Effects, so go here and grab it now.

BBC1HD "Cubes" trail
(posted 02-03-11)

Long overdue, but I've finally updated the site with some of our latest (and greatest?) work. Most notably, a motion graphics project we did for BBC1HD. This is just about as complex as it gets for After Effects graphics and it made heavy use of Trapcode Form and Particular to generate some really dense 3D particle effects.

Trapcode Experiments : Form Galaxies
(posted 03-12-10)

A new scene to download and play with. I've just completed a TV ident for BBC1HD which used Trapcode Form extensively. I used some of the knowledge I gleaned from the creation of it to create this new spacey little animation. Take a look and download the project file for free from here.

Experiment of the day: Trapcode Form Cloudscape
(posted 07-07-10)

See it and download the project file for free from here. You're welcome!

Website navigation de-flashed
(posted 24-06-10)

While we're waiting for our Internet connection to be set up in the new office (nightmare!), I've used the downtime to update the DD website to fix a longstanding gripe. When I did the last major rebuild of the DD website in 2004, Flash was such an entrenched standard that using it for the navigation of what is otherwise a pure HTML site wasn't an issue. My, how times change. Mobile Internet browsing *cough* iPhone *cough* has transformed how people access most websites and Flash (which has always been a very CPU-intensive plugin) is most definitely not a good fit for the limited spec of these devices.

As a result, I've rebuilt the navigation for this site in plain old HTML (not snazzy HTML5, though that's on the cards!). Not all the video on site will play on mobiles, but at least you can browse it properly now. The animated rollovers are a casualty of this change, but I hope to restore some of those effects in future using Javascript.

 


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