is Mellor Media?
Mellor Media Productions - founded
Producing video, imagery and content for and with Reallusion's
Having a background in I. T., media & education, D. J.
Thompson aims to utilise Reallusion's iClone to deliver a
'Vocational Qualification' in Machinima production to students
attending Redcar & Cleveland's Alternative Education
as a part of 'Spotlight Film & Drama' tuition. Pilot project
awaiting clarification pending confirmation from 'concerned'
- Quotes from the website
of Mellor Media
Something about Darren
Darren is a talent artist whom was
influenced by some famous catoon programs in his young age.
He is also a special CCD member sharing his ideas of facial
texture packs which are quite different from many others.
Darren is also enthusiastic about whatever is going wih iClone.
"I'm spending a bit of time today utilising Reallusion's
3DXchange Beta program. So far it's been quite a successful
venture and I'd recommend if you haven't already signed up
and downloaded the tool to do so." Said Darren at his
To Reallusion, Darren is also an opinion leader that can open
his ideas or experiences about testing the performance of
Reallusion's product. "Prior to investigating the new
features of the programme I utilised the 'content copier'
which basically transfers iClone 1.5 content (defaults &
custom) into the iClone 2 content folders. Both versions
have to be installed in order for the content copier to work."
He is always a nice guy to comment anything around the product,
it helps improve Reallusion's knowledge to treat their customers
more wisely in the future. Anyway, let's see how Darren met
iClone at first......the interesting journey.
Interview with Darren
A Year of iClone – the beginnings
When Reallusion first mentioned that they were
going to release a "new" 3d character programme
called iClone, I was excited and expectant.
I'd been working on a few animation projects with another
of their products named It's Me (the forerunner
of iClone). This programme was cool, easy
and really, really cheap. I purchased my first "boxed"
version of the programme in the local supermarket along with
CrazyTalk 2, in the "2 for a fiver"
section ($8-$9). "Wow, they sound like fun",
I initially thought as I read the product description.
I always want to produce a few "cartoons", as I'm
from the generation that sat glued in front of the TV watching
the likes of "Tom & Jerry", "Bugs Bunny",
"Daffy Duck" and "Captain Pugwash". And
I'd been working in a "make shift" media studio
located in Guisborough, helping to run the local film &
drama club by night, grinding a living producing corporate
training and wedding videos by day. I'd just passed that place
in life where you leave the "deluded security of working
for a nationally recognised retail firm", after 11 or
so years in the trade.
So, It's Me, what a find and what a giggle
so much so that people I worked with were starting to hate
me. "Will you take my head off that dancing woman",
said Kevin one day, "but Kev, you've got a great arse,
don't ya think?" Reallusion's little gem It's
Me had finally help release the creative side of
my imagination and was "refreshing the parts that other
beers couldn't reach". (Memory recall anyone?......WAKE
UP, this is just my intro.)
Due to the success from the film & drama club and the
commercial prospects of a new trade, Spotlight Training &
Media Ltd was set up to help "re-engage learners through
the medium of media", and very soon contracts were coming
in that gave just cause for the "making peanuts today
as an investment in securing a future phase".
eBay was a good place to buy the 3 for £15 packs of
It's Me, Crazy Talk and
3D Effect Studio and very soon we had managed
to buy enough to cater for our new, 3 terminal I.T. room.
The young people who came to us from the school quickly engaged
with the Reallusion software and occasionally I saw a few
of them break into a smile, it may have just been wind but
the smiles were nice to see anyway. We needed to "keep"
the "students' engaged", so a few "projects"
were devised and......iClone.
Visit Darren's blog: http://www.mellormedia.spotlight-studio.co.uk
Darren's works in Reallusion's content store
Darren's facial texture packs: pack1
Female pack: Audrey's
sport pack bundle
Male pack: Sport
Basketball pack Alt
METRO pack PJ
and CASUAL Alt
Army cam pack: pack1
Brett pack bundle: pack
Mega bundle: pack