Aug 082015

Industrial Light and Magic, London ILM is in London!

I’ve just finished six days of anatomy masterclasses for Industrial Light and Magic, London (yes, the Star Wars guys). This isn’t the first time I’ve been to ILM, in the past I’ve run workshops for both their San Francisco and Singapore offices, but this is the first time it was just a tube journey away (not a nine-hour flight). It is great having Industrial Light & Magic in London!

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Jul 212015

Scott Eaton's Bodies in Motion Photography Project - female aerial rope performerclick for larger

No sooner is the Bodies in Motion III shoot finished, than Bodies in Motion IV marches into the calendar. In fact, we just finished a big weekend shoot with eleven talented artists, each with unique skills, power and grace on aerial apparatus. I have just started looking through the 15,000 images and there are going to be some gems.

All of the photography you see coming through the site lately is in preparation for the official launch of the Bodies in Motion Project website coming in September. The site will collect all the photos and motion sequences that I have shot over the last five years and make them available as a resource for artists, designers, and agencies looking for photography that showcases the amazing capabilities and forms of the human figure. Be sure to sign up to the newsletter for announcements!

Scott Eaton's Bodies in Motion project - B&W Male Aerial hoop, anatomyclick for larger

Jun 202015

war_horse_banner_tnour digital horse in action

I recently kicked off a series of pastblast posts digging up old but interesting projects that I didn’t have time to write about when they were happening. One of the most interesting and enjoyable visual effects projects that I have worked on is Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of War Horse.

The story follows Joey, a farm horse in rural England, onto the battlefields of World War I. Being a war story, you can imagine there are a few upsets along the way, and Joey inevitably finds himself in very dangerous circumstances – circumstances too dangerous in fact for real ‘horse actors’. Cue our digital Joey.


Our digital horse stretching his legs

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Jun 222014

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I am just back from the Sochi Olympics where I was working with the amazing teams from Asif Kahn and iArt on the “Megafaces Facade” for the Megafon pavilion. Over the past six months I have been providing creative direction for this crazy project.

I was asked to come on-board to provide expertise in computer graphics, lighting, faces, and overall aesthetics to the piece. The challenge from a visual design perspective was to take raw, 3d scan data from the ‘photobooths’ in the pavilion and then develop an automated solution, which we called the Creative Processing Pipeline (CPP), for coloring, relighting, composing and outputting the faces to the facade in way that, well, looks cool. It is a bit like composing a drawing or photograph, but algorithmically so that it always (ermm, almost always) produces a compelling visual result.

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Jun 192014

Eaton-Houdon Ecorche Figure
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The Eaton-Houdon Écorché is my update of the classical anatomy figure by 18th Century sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon. His original l’Écorché sculpture, produced in 1767 during his time in Rome, has been used by artists studying anatomy for centuries. It is celebrated for its balance, gesture and proportions but, to the trained eye, has always contained a handful of anatomical inaccuracies. Combine this with an overall loss of detail resulting from centuries of re-casting and the piece was in need of both an accuracy update and a sharpening of details. The result is shown above.
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Jun 112014

Scott Eaton collaboration with Jeff Koonsclick for larger

I recently had the opportunity to collaborate with legendary artist Jeff Koons on one of his projects – a larger than life-sized sculpture of Lady Gaga. After some absurd deadlines and a lot of sculpting, the piece was unveiled in New York at #artRave a huge launch party for Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP album.


It is amazing to finally see the piece finished and in public. From what I have seen it looks pretty impressive (if for no other reason than the monumental scale). I am still not sure what it means but I guess that is for Jeff to answer.

profile view (with Koons’ promotion)
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Apr 222014

Hercules Docking Station and Stand

My Hercules XIII tablet stand is the inaugural cover star over at DesignFizz – a new online magazine covering international design.

He looks great on the cover and this is one of my favorite photos of him – you can find the original, un-cropped photo here.

And if you would like to own a Hercules, you can find him at:

Feb 102014

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The White Horse is finally installed in London. This is the project of artist Mark Wallinger and was originally planned as a towering 50m tall horse (as tall as the Statue of Liberty) to be erected in the countryside of Kent and visible from the Eurostar. But around the big crash, arts budgets downsized and so did the scale of the horse. Now it is only a very average ‘life-sized’, but it is still striking in its crisp white finish and realism. About a year ago I worked with the team from Sample & Hold to refine the digital version of the horse, based on a scan of Mark’s actual horse. I spent time adding anatomical accuracy and life to the head, face, legs, and hooves (at the time my horse skills were primed, having just finished Spielberg’s War Horse).

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After a bit of massaging the data was sent off for fabrication. Through a combination of 3d printing, CNC machining, and casting, the piece was brought to life – albeit at a scale smaller than originally intended. But if you are in London and want to check it out, it will be on display on the Mall (just off Trafalgar Square) for two years.

fabrication, in progress

1200-British-Council--Mark-Wallinger's-White-Horse-032-tnlit at night. © Copyright Sutton Vane Associates

Oct 012013

Hercules Tablet Stand in the Times
Hercules_XIII_TimesInterior_tnOur Hercules XIII tablet stand was named one of the top 10 pieces at London Design Festival 2013 by the Times. This is quite an honour considering that there are thousands of designers exhibiting at the festival in locations all over London. It seems Hercules’ baroque design sense is an appreciated counterbalance to the simple minimalism emerging in things like Apple’s iOS7.

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