Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Fun With 4D part3

Floral Project v3 from Harj Bains on Vimeo.

this sneaky little night project is still ticking over, working on devloping this idea but its definitely getting some momentum now, think i'm moving towards a more solid aesthetic and style, not perfect but its only development 3...

Music by the awesome Massive Attack-'Heligoland'

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Fun with 4D pt.2

Fun with 4D pt.2 from Harj Bains on Vimeo.

slowly developing my ideas for motion in 4D, more to come, this one looks less like a porcelain turd, it does actually animate, will probably push it further next time...

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Fun with 4D

first real attempt using cinema 4d, loads more to come probably

Friday, 12 November 2010

The Cog Project

Cogs from Harj Bains on Vimeo.

This is a visual experiment I've wanted to make for a while now, feels good to finally do it!

Music is by Arvo Paert- Spiegel im Spiegel

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Night Island animation

* Opus 25 No.10 “Night Island”

Director – Salvador Maldonado

Venezuelan animator-director Salvador studied Animation at the prestigious National Film & Television School in 2002 where he made his graduation film
“Metempsychosis of Objects”. After graduating from the NFTS Salvador worked as a Music Video Director using a wide variety of animations and different techniques. Since then Salvador worked on several Independent Animation projects, involving “Dance and projection”, “Documentary and Animation” for the BBC, and “Fine Art and Documentary”. He has been dubbed ‘a Salvador Dali for the 21st Century’ by Future Sound of London.


A passenger ship is struggling in stormy seas, a girl watches on. She sees her friend, the ship’s cat, get washed over board, and jumps after him. She washes up on the shore of a desert island, and is guided to the centre of the island by a mythic beast- half giraffe half cat. All the animals of the island, which start out as fish, but transform into all manner of creatures, are migrating there too. They find a trapped flying machine, the girl and the mythic beast have to free it from the grasps of the other animals, the girl breaks free on the flying machine which takes her back to the safety of the ship, she has to leave her mythic beast at the mercy of the other animals.

Approx Length: 5’03”
Technique: Hand drawn and After effects animation
3-D: TBC

I helped out on this a few months back over at breakthru films, just doing a bit of AfterEffects again, not released yet I dont think but working with Salvador and the rest of the team was a really great experience, look out for it when it comes out!

Friday, 5 November 2010

Jackass 3D facebook application

This app just gone live and been a massive hit, great project to be a part of over at Powster, in it i did some cool bits of motion tracking, hope you all enjoy it!

Burke & Hare Tv Spot

This is a link to one of the tv spots i worked on at Create Advertising, in this i animated the 'simon pegg' card, i also did some stuff for some other trailers but more on that in a few months...

Monday, 18 October 2010

Lush internet campaign

haven't posted in a while, mostly because everything I have done lately has yet to be released, However the Lush Cosmetics ad i helped out on over at Karrot Animation with Tom werber is now live! will post my specific bits up when i get them, until then check out the website! I was mainly on set construction in AE/lighting/camera moves/building assets in PS and a bit of animating too!

Monday, 16 August 2010


Literally finished this last night, i think this could be a possible side character in the Action Gents miniseries, I've got the project all set up ready to animate so i should have some rough tests soon to see what the puppet can actually do, also i've got some concept stuff i still have to scan in so those will be up in the coming weeks...a bit about pengwin. He's quite dopey and seemingly nonchalant about life, a lot of stuff passes him by but somehow he's become quite the businessman, although don't let the briefcase fool you, its full of a wide variety of fish not documents, he walks/swims/catches the bus to get around and doesnt really like the cold all that much...he may have a family but whether we ever see them is a different story, moves quite slowly is never really in a hurry, the monocle is just for show really, he thinks he fits in better with it.

Me and andrew might also be working on a bird related project where he will almost certainly pop up in aswell so keep a look out for that....drews blog is i think.

Monday, 5 July 2010

Pension Plan 2010 Graduate Production

'Pension Plan' A Film By Sara Riding and Harjeet Bains from Harj Bains on Vimeo.

2010 Graduate Production from the Arts University College Bournemouth.

Film by:

Sara Riding (Co-Director, Art Director, Animation)

Harjeet Bains (Co-Director, Lead Animator, Compositor),

Betty Le Bon (Head of Layout, Producer)

Graduate Showreel

Harjeet Bains 2010 Graduate Showreel from Harj Bains on Vimeo.

the latest most refined version of my showreel as a 2D animator/compositor/generalist, a lot of After Effects construction stuff and 2D compositing with a bit of 2D animation too, hope you enjoy it and feel free to leave any feedback!

if you like what you see check out more on my blog...

My massive Nike's

Pirate Cat Development

Essentially a furry scarf with pirate costume

Artsist research for 'Action Gents'

Really like Emetts style and line quality so i 'borrowed' it, to inform the design of my 'Action Gents' faux mini-series inside the Grad Film.

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

4.3 linetest

Rough Line Test of sc4sh2 of Pension Plan from Harj Bains on Vimeo.

A shot I animated for our Grad film, I quite like the costumes but i think a few more keys or dynamic poses could have made it better but I'm still pleased with it as it is.

linetest Maggie

Monday, 22 March 2010


Test animation of 'Basajaun' using Anime Studio Pro, this was very early concept work for a potential childrens tv show, based on the character from the childrens books of the same name. was done on work placement in Dibulitoon Studios, Spain. just a bit of fun really, not meant to be taken too seriously!

Concept for Set Design

Quick after FX mock up using rough skecthes to illustrate a potential set design for 3rd year film student (Toby Browne). Think this concept was actually chosen and is currently being built for a short film by a college in India. Although not visually stunning i think it illustrates how to use very rough elements to try and composite something visually exciting, whilst also helping towards getting a pitched idea through.

Foundation Year final piece

Film i made as a final piece for my Foundation year, no real narrative structure, is just supposed to be a film noir style mood piece, and my first real experimentation with animation, special thanks to Liam, Joe, Luke, John and Romek!

Monday, 15 March 2010

Title sequence animation

Title Sequence (animatic and final) for Curious Minds from Ricky Earl on Vimeo.

Animatic and final TV intro for 'Mentes Inquietas' a spanish childrens TV show designed to educate and entertain children about science and history.

Animatic and final animation were built in AfterFX using puppets and elements created in photoshop. This was a team project between me and another student (see Tricky E on blog list), we did all parts of the Intro from storyboarding to pupoet rigging to final animation and camera moves, effects etc.

sketches pt8

sketches pt7

sketches pt6

sketches pt5

sketches pt4

sketches pt3

sketches pt2

sketches pt1