It's hip to be square - G Class by David Mackenzie

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I LOVE the Mercedes G-Glass, I have no idea why. There's something innately beautiful about it while still being tough and having a presence on the road. Kind of like a MMA fighter but wearing a tux, its hard, from the street and ready to go but along the way it has been refined a polished, it has developed a sophisticated exterior. All of these were rendered in 3ds max with V-Ray. All of the post was done in Digital Fusion 6.3. Back plates and HDRI from Moofe.

Any way enough that, check out the renders below. 

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The Winner is Spring Cove! by David Mackenzie


I am very pleased to announce that the work by Our Agency and Our Vision completed on Spring Cove was recently recognised by UDIA NSW with an Award for Excellence in Marketing. It's always good to know that the work we do is appreciated and even better when it has been recognised by our peers and industry at large. Check out the website here, below is one of the films we created for the project.

It was great when Anthony Denman from Our Agency (who received the award on stage) took time to acknowledge Our Visions work and specifically my work during his acceptance speech with "Dave Mackenzie and Our Vision who re-invented the category". </end shameless plug>

I should also acknowledge UDIA for putting on a great night along with our fantastic client group Oakstand and Denwol Group.

Now just to make sure we win again next year! Challenge Accepted!

Who said you can't chop a rolls by David Mackenzie

Rolla - You know you like it

I love Rolls Royce. One my favorites is the 1959 Silver Ghost III but I also love hot rods and custom cars. Given that here is my Silver Ghost, I call it Rolla. It has been slammed and had almost 5" chopped out of it. The only thing it is missing is some Von Dutch style pinstriping.Hope you like it. Rolla - You know you like it Rolla - You know you like it Rolla - You know you like it


The images where rendered with V-Ray. Background plates from Moofe. I post up a making of soon(ish).

Custom S5 - Everything is better in black by David Mackenzie

Custom Audi S5

This is a quick render I did the other day. It was rendered in V-Ray and comped in Fusion. My only thought when I started this image was everything looks better in black which is definitely true when it comes to cars. The gold stag on the number plate is the Mackenzie stag. I will have a making of it online in the next few days.

Would love to hear what everyone things.

Update. Here is short making of/review of the HDR I used for the image. 

Ocean Water Test - HOT4MAX by David Mackenzie

Hot4Max Render Test

So a little while ago I wrote a quick article about a plugin I purchased called HOT4MAX . Long story short, this a very short render test of the plugin. I put the test together in about an hour, as you can no doubt tell by the camera animation. I can report, that the plugin really does work well. I have been very impressed with it. For the record I rendered the shot with V-Ray and comped it in Fusion.

If I get a chance in the next few weeks I will do another test with water spray and some interaction with the surface. I am interested to see how far I can push it as I have a couple shots in mind that I would like to put together.

If you need to do some ocean shots or renders then I highly recommend HOT4MAX. You can get the plugin here.

133... At least. by David Mackenzie

So I thought I would have a go at creating a music clip for a competition on Genero. The track was challenging and very much outside of your usual music clip territory not just for being a classical piece of music but mainly for its rapid changes in pace and the abruptness of it. As a lover of classical music I really did enjoy working on it. I was not familiar with Hilary Hahn's work prior to this so the process really turned into a discovery process for me. I highly recommend Hilary's music if you enjoy the Violin.

For me personally the track sounded more like a conflict, a fight for supremacy between the Violin and the Piano. So that is what I choose to create.

Below is my clip it was directed by yours truly, and shot on a Sony FS700 at 400 FPS. Underneath the clip are the full credits. Enjoy!



  • Directed By: David Mackenzie
  • Camera Operators: David Mackenzie, Matt Tanous, Peter Drew
  • Runner: Billy Corcoran
  • Violin Boxer: David Acland
  • Piano Boxer: Benjamin Ramjan
  • A big thanks to Joe's Boxing

The clip was cut in Premiere Pro with bit grading. I have to say was nice do something without 3d in it, I foresee a few more these projects this year. Below are couple of stills from the shoot and some ungraded footage so you can get a feel for the amount of post. I would love to hear what you think.

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EXPERIMENTAL: An Idea Is Born by David Mackenzie

An Idea Is Born

I am calling this one an experimental video as it was done very quickly (in less than a day). Very simply, I think it is a visualisation of where or how an idea is created. If nothing else it is a little bit of eye candy. Below is the clip and underneath that is a little compositing breakdown. Lately I have really been enjoying just creating things fast and crudely to quickly explore the idea, I can always go and polish something after it is done but often and idea or inspiration will fade quickly so I figure better to create right away albeit crudely sometimes while inspired then not at all.

Here is the clip: 


The flower shot below was rendered with 3dsmax and V-Ray. All of the compositing was done in Digital Fusion. The final shot at the end was entirely done in Fusion.

And the breakdown:

Aston Martin short/tvc/video thingo... by David Mackenzie


So I thought I would start the new year off with some making of clips from a little animation I have been working on. It was inspired as you no doubt will be able to tell by Joseph Kosinski's Black Bird spot that he made some years ago. I have always liked it and thought I would use it as the basis of this project. Anyways check out the clips below, I hope you enjoy them and I would love to hear any feedback you have.

Suzuki Grand Designs TVC by David Mackenzie

Suzuki Grand Vitara TVC

Towards the end of last year we (Our Vision) were engaged to create a Grand Designs inspired TVC for Suzuki who are sponsors of Grand Designs Australia. As usual we had a tight timeline to turn it around in. The animation went from previz to final in one week, over the next week we rendered an comped. We used our own animation rig on the car that I wrote sometime ago which let me animate it very quickly. The rig I guess is a cross between simulation and straight animation which lets us have total control over all parts of he car.

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Below is the first render test we did with animation on the car. I actually preferred this camera animation but we thought it was a bit much for the subject matter and in hindsight I think we were right.

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You can see all the work Our Vision has done for Grand Designs Australia and the Suzuki Grand Vitara TVC on Lifestyle channel.


Another One 77 by David Mackenzie

I was recently playing around with an idea for car render. I chose to use my Aston Martin One 77 model. It was rendered with V-Ray 1.5 with all of the post being done in Digital Fusion 6.3 (Which I recently purchased). I hope you guys like it I would love to hear any feed back you have. Aston Martin One 77 Studio

Since I did buy Fusion I have started working on a small animation that has the One 77 in it primarily to put Fusion through it paces and try out some of the new tools like volume fog.

I hope you guys like the render. There is a darker version below for those of you using brighter screens. The above image looks great on my Dell 24 using Adobe SRGB. The render above seems to look better brighter less colour accurate screens. I will let you choose ;)

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Aston Martin One 77 by David Mackenzie


So it is finally time for a new post. Lately I have been that swamped with work I have not had the time to think about updating. Luckily, I managed to find some time. I was a little sick of scripting so I dug up One 77 model that I finished last year but have not had a chance to render. Aston Martin One 77

So here is my first render of it. I hope you all like it and I would love to hear what you think. As time permits I will rig it up for animation. I have updated my car rig with some cool new features that I am looking forward to showing off.

This one was rendered with V-Ray 1.5. It was about 20mins at 2k.



Audi S5 Burnout by David Mackenzie


Audi S5 Burnout Image This a scene I put together a year or so ago to show case my new car rig. It is a very simple animation with only a few key frames used to generate the animation, everything else is handled by the rig. You can see the animation in the below. Keen observers will notice that the one of the front wheels does intersect the body work, this however was my fault for not setting the limits correctly.

I have also included a quick compositing brake down after the animation. I am happy to say that as soon as we get some time to prepare the rig for distribution we will make it available to everyone.



Hope you guys liked it.



Ferrari F430 by David Mackenzie


Rendering of a Ferrari F430 A recent render I did of Ferrari F430. I am continuing to explore studio light setups in this case I was interested in seeing what is possible with the least amount of lighting. I believe the simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

While I am not sure I achieved the ultimate sophistication I am however generally happy with the result, if I get some time I will revisit the shader on the rims as believe the current shader lets the image down.

I would love to hear what you think.



GML Importer by David Mackenzie


We were very inspired by what we saw over at so we decided to write a GML importer for 3ds max. We where pretty happy with the very quick tests we have done. The tool is almost finished at which point we will release it. We are always in support of open formats and GML (Graffiti Markup Language) is not an exception. All of the test where created by the script which has options to produce spline shapes, animated objects, a simple particle flow setup (that's in the video) and point clouds. If you have any thoughts on what would be good to add just let me know.

Would love to hear what you guys think. Be sure to check our and

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We are also adding support for Digital Fusion and Nuke we may add AE support all though we do not use it a great deal.



Incursion by David Mackenzie


Incursion was a cinematic style animation created at Ivolve Studios.  The image above is the final grade and look. The image below was the initial grade and look that we went with, after while I felt as though it needed more atmosphere so I added the rain and did the regrade in fusion.

All of the buildings and assets in the scene are low-res assets built for real time use.  All of the assets had where built high res to create normal and specular maps we also backed allot of the lighting into the textures as well. Overall the result was quite good as usual if we had more time we could had have gotten allot more out of the scene but for two weeks work I think it came out quite well.  You can check out the videos below.

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