Digital Visual Effects and Motion Graphics Artist

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Christian Lett
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Hi all,

My name is Christian Lett - I'm a Cardiff-based digital effects artist producing visual effects and motion graphics for film and video.

My visual effects experience includes producing 70 shots for a feature film, two Cbeebies TV shows (Tellytales and Grandpa in my Pocket) and providing invisible effects and continuity corrections to a sitcom pilot.

I use Maya for 3D modeling and animation, and After Effects for compositing (putting it all together!).

My motion graphics work has mainly been for corporate films, and includes title sequences, animated company identities, and animated diagrams demonstrating new company procedures. Most recently I've produced a title sequence for a to-be-transmitted S4C show.

Many of these shots can be seen in my demo reel on my website (Flash video - 6mb). It is also available on DVD with extra demonstrations, and you can request a copy by sending me a private message or emailing me from the website. You can also call me anytime during the week on my mobile - 07738 730414. I'll be updating the reel periodically, so be sure to drop by every couple of months or so to check out the new stuff!

If you have any ideas for adding animation or effects to your films, or need a good quality key from a greenscreen shoot, please get in touch for a chat.

Thanks for reading!

Christian

Christian Lett After Effects and Maya Artist www.quarterlightpictures.com

Pavelware
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Joined: Jan 9 2008

Love the showreel man.

Perhaps I will be in touch early 2009 about some visual effects shots, I'll keep you posted.

What method do you usually work through clients with?

Regards,
Matthew Alexander Patton (Cinematographer / Director / Photographer / Writer)
www.pavelware.com / [email=matt@pavelware.com]matt@pavelware.com[/email]

Christian Lett
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Hi there. Thanks for the comment. Please do get in touch - I'd love to discuss some VFX with you.

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What method do you usually work through clients with?

In terms of VFX, well I've only done one film and I was VFX supervisor (VFX everything actually!) on that, so I dealt with the director and was on set to shoot the effects plates, etc.

Normally though I work directly with whoever has hired me - in the case of the corporate stuff, it was the people who commissioned the films, or as I'm doing at the moment, with the production company who are making the film for their own client. In the latter case I'll not have any direct contact with the commissioning party, and go solely through my contact at the production company. In any case, a single point-of-contact is best for me for consistency.

Generally I work from home - it's easy nowadays to use file-sharing sites to pass work-in-progress shots back and forth between each other. However if it's a fixed-term contract I'll happily uproot for a month or so and work on site. Depending on the scale of the job I like a face-to-face meeting at least once before I start work as it's good to get a few ideas down on paper and a good chat over a coffee/beer!

Payment-wise, it's all worked out beforehand based on an agreed estimation of the work required. Again, depending on the scale and duration of the job, I'll invoice in installments, usually with an up-front payment before I start work. Changes to the scope of the work (extra shots, etc.) will mean a re-working of the quote.

I don't tend to do collaboration work any more though (i.e. for no/deferred pay) - not because I'm mean, but simply because I can't afford to! :)

All the best,

Christian

Christian Lett After Effects and Maya Artist www.quarterlightpictures.com

Pavelware
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I like your approach, it was exactly what I was looking to hear.

I'm not sure yet whether or not my offer would involve upping sticks for a month, although the odd day and perhaps one particular four day stretch would be unavoidable. Ideally I'd be looking to go through the standard motions in face to face meetings.

- Previsualistion / Storyboarding of VFX shots / Consistencies
- Planning
- Shooting Plates (this four day stretch I mention, where I would definitely want you to see what's being shot)

Then it would all be in your end of the park until we get round to throwing files backwards and forwards towards completion.

...but, I'll get round to all this closer to the time, it's good to know you're here.

Regards,
Matthew Alexander Patton (Cinematographer / Director / Photographer / Writer)
www.pavelware.com / [email=matt@pavelware.com]matt@pavelware.com[/email]

Christian Lett
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I'm back... I hope!

Hi all!

I've been away for ages for various reasons, neglecting absolutely all of the forums I'm a member of. So what better way to return than to shamelessly promote my redesigned website and updated showreel!

I've been working in Cardiff now for a year, on CBeebies TV show Tellytales as Visual Effects Supervisor (on set at BBC Wales, making sure all the greenscreen shoots go smoothly) and Lead Compositor. We've put together 23 of the 25 episodes so far, each one with around 150 shots on average, all kids in front of greenscreen, placed into environments consisting of artwork painted by children. 15 of the episodes have screened already on Cbeebies, BBC2, BBC HD and most recently BBC1. The final 10 are slated to go out in September I believe.

It's been a tough 12 months (I've been living in Cardiff during the week and back in the Midlands on the weekends to see my wife) but very rewarding at the same time. I've had the pleasure of working with some brilliant and lovely people at the BBC, all of whom made me very welcome, despite it being my first proper job in TV. I even got our camera guys Rob McDougall and Mark Williams reading Alan's white paper for the HDW-790!

Some of my favourite shots from the show are in my new reel, along with a bunch of stuff you've probably already seen. Please check out the new site (URL in my sig) and let me know what you think!

Cheers (and hoping I'll be around more),

Christian

Christian Lett After Effects and Maya Artist www.quarterlightpictures.com

Dominic I
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Christian Is very good, he did a job for me for the MOD as part of a big production last year and they thought his work was fantastic. Looking to get him on board for another job. Great to work with, competetivly priced and High quality.

Dominic

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jgould
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Just clicked on his showreel & it crashed my PC!!

perproductions
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works for me

kodachromeII
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Hello everyone, my first post here. I've been lurking in the background for sometime and recently discovered this thread by Christian.
We have been looking into an ident for our company for a little while now, Christian waived his magic and came up with this, http://www.vimeo.com/9277916 even the little details such as the name of the film stock has been included, proving a great deal of research has gone into this comission. From the initial telephone conversation to receiving the final product, the whole process was slick and fantastic value for money I cannot praise Christian enough.
Andy

Christian Lett
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Hi all.

I've gone all out and completely rewritten & redesigned my website. There's much more content now, with plenty of video (Vimeo) examples of my work, including a new showreel.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on it, and of course, if there's an effects or graphics project I can work on for you (such as the Cine 8 wedding video production company ident I recently completed), just get in touch!

Thanks,

Christian

Christian Lett After Effects and Maya Artist www.quarterlightpictures.com

kodachromeII
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Hello all,
We can certainly vouch for Christian, from our initial email to the delivery of the final product, the process was slick. I must also mention the research into the commission was very, very impressive. Highly recommend Christian and his amazing work.

Andy ( cine8 )

Christian Lett
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Thanks for the testimonial Andy - looks like your first post didn't get posted for ages. But a double recommendation is fine with me!

Christian Lett After Effects and Maya Artist www.quarterlightpictures.com

kodachromeII
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Christian Lett wrote:
Thanks for the testimonial Andy - looks like your first post didn't get posted for ages. But a double recommendation is fine with me!

:confused: wow, my missing post has finally come to light !!

Cheers

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kodachromeII wrote:
:confused: wow, my missing post has finally come to light !!

Andy, hi and welcome to the forums. The mystery of the missing post was simply that we mods (or me anyway!) only just noticed it needed "approval" as your first post. Sorry for that delay. From now on - your posts should be instantaneous!!

Martin - DVdoctor in moderation. Everyone is entitled to my opinion.

somersetmedia
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Joined: May 2 2009

Your showreel is fantastic!

Christian Lett
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Thanks @somersetmedia!

Christian Lett After Effects and Maya Artist www.quarterlightpictures.com