Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Spenelo's graphics showreel 09

A showreel of my work in 2009, displaying work I done for work, and some of my own things as well.

Music is Looking For Love (mix) - by me. :D

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Showreel 09 from Spenelo Stevens on Vimeo.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Monday, October 26, 2009

LOOKING FOR LOVE

My new song, LOOKING FOR LOVE, is now on my facebook!

Go the page here >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Listen to the song, and join my page if you like what you hear. :D

Please note that the song was written, produced, composed, arranged, and performed by me. Any plagiarists out there should take note that this song is copyrighted.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Mobile Music video

Hey guys, so I tried to convert Don't Leave Me for mobile format to watch on your phone.

It's a 9mb mp4. Download from the link and take it from your pc to your phone. Tell me if the quality is good enough, or if you have any problems. :)


DON'T LEAVE ME - SPENELO_mobile_mpeg4_001.mp4


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Monday, October 5, 2009

Don't Leave Me

Don't Leave Me - Spenelo from Spenelo Stevens on Vimeo.



When the idea for turning this song into a video came to me, I was still in a very negative mindset. Trying to do everything on my own, shy to try new things, afraid to really go for the things I need. BUt somewhere along the way, I found some divine intervention, and since July I've been living a totally revamped life, powered by God, unashamed of my talents, not scared to go for my dreams, patient in my endeavours, gracious in failure, taking the most out of them, heeding the advice from those who have been there before, sharing my new ideas with them, and striving to be the best no matter what negative people say, and trust me, there will ALWAYS be a few of them out there.


I first tried to make this all graphics, a video living on the pages of a sketch book (which is ironic, because I'm not exactly Picasso when it comes to drawings)



This idea went through some changes, but then got thrown out the window.


I tried a few ideas after that:










But after that I settled upon this storyboard.



http://spenelo.deviantart.com/art/DLM-story-board-rough-139376881

And made a professional version there of



http://spenelo.deviantart.com/art/DLM-story-board-139376673

After that we shot it on RED camera, in a green room, then the footage was keyed out, after being edited into the sequenced edit.



For example, in this scene, the cafe scene, I had to create a cafe background. So after keying out the green, I created the cafe itself in 3d, then added some chairs, then the park background, then comped everything together and color graded it. That's pretty much the process I had to do for all the comps. Although, this was the only place where external 3d was used, it was all 2d for the rest of it.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Confessions of a Forgotten Undiscovered Poet

Paging through my books of old
I sit in pure astonishment
The rhymes are fresh, funky and bold
shedding light on wonderful stories untold

I always knew that I was weird
And always wondered why
On top of that I made a discovery
Uncovering something I feared

The person I was in younger years
Was so most uncool
I was a nerdy loser with no real peers
An incompetent, whimsical fool

Fearing female fancies as if they were fatal
Damn! How things have changed

From hard-working, but deserted
To firmly asserted
To drunk and perverted
To corruptly converted

Learning about God's heavenly nation
But eventually falling prey to
lust, porn and masturbation

Serving and talking to God all the time
But concurrently admiring every scorching hot Delilah
Observing every angle so much so
That it could be a crime

Skating thinly on the ice of intellectuality
Cramming in material a night before the crunch
Then during the battle I realize the reality
Of my frivolity, I feel the punch

I learn it over and over and over again
A truth that always makes sense
That to pass any test in life you have to toil and persist
Or else you'll drown in the faeces of your own incompetence

That statement might be stinky and squalid
I know
But our society we are living in
Is too

Ethical plaque, moral decay
Hurting each other everyday
Is now common-place and the norm
We see it in how our world leaders perform

Scorn, hatred, nuclear weapons, power, oil, jealousy
Invading each other's countries
In 'the name of good'
Asking for World War 3

These problems and many more
Like natural disasters, tyranny, rumours of war
Will just escalate breaking many hopes
Families, cities, institutions, foundations, connecting ropes.

I'm bewildered.
How does this world even cope?

A moral degeneration
Clashing with a population infestation
Leaving me in mental constipation
Of what my task is

What is my vocation?

My place, my home
Where do I belong?
Earth, heaven, hell?
Because many times I've been in the wrong

Just existing
Not persisting
In standing for what I believe in

Being Luke warm
Medium rare
Falling, backsliding
Not bothering to care

That my thoughts consist of malevolence and carnality
Falling prey
Day by day
To a temptational felony

But there's no time to be so pessimistic
Hardships have come, hardships have gone
I just can't be fatalistic
I have to complete life's labyrinth song

I will definitely change my ways
That I won't deny
But now, due to my ledless pencil, my story has seen its last phase
Because if I spoke anymore, maybe in jail my ass would fry!

Friday, July 31, 2009

The love of. . .

We hear so many cliche's of MONEY all the time. Root of all evil this, makes the world go round that. Money is the main problem of this wretched world, the lust there of, the desire to be adorned with material riches and wealth is a driving force for many to succeed, but the failure to do so is also a melancholic stress enhancer for some who can't seem to get out of the rut they find themselves in.

Money itself is not evil. It's just paper (or cotton/linen whatever it's made out of), but these flimsy wafts of greed drive us to many extremes, just to get our hands on it. It gets in between family members, like when a old relative dies, and everybody wants a piece of the boodle, sometimes fueling fueds that last for decades. It creates rifts in friendships, when friends lend it to each other, sometimes never returning it, and in doing this, loosing a friend because trust is broken. It instigates greed, when people will try any and every way to try to increase their earnings, whether it be legal or illegal, not caring about the people that they harm in the process. Prejudice thrives because of it, as long as there are rich and poor, there will always be prejudices, above and beyond racism and xenophobia. If people have a lot of it, or even just more than someone suffering without it, they almost always have a condescending attitude to those that don't have money or who are poor.

Like one time my mom and I were chilling at Milky Lane, when we heard a girl behind us, who just finished her cone, her mom wanted to throw away her serviettethat had the Milky Lane logo on it, but she remonstrated and said, 'NEE Mummy, wag, ek wil diƩ saam my vat oppie trein, sodat almal kan sien ek was by Milky Lane!' Riiiiiight. . .moving on. . .


It drives people who have low will power (sometimes even the strongest mental strength can be broken down by stress and abject failures and disappointments, but it's still no excuse) and who have been guttered and batterred by life, and are stressing about where to get money from, to alcohol abuse or drug abuse, which ironically degenerates their lives further, rather than improving it. (duh) The allure of wealth and material things sometimes incites lustful goldiggers (from either sex) to leave ones they're with, instead opting for flashiness and money instead of comfort and love.

I don't even think I need to say anything about the collosal effect money has on the mind of people who become miscreants and criminals, who will kill, abuse and assault, steal and rob to get what they believe they need to get to fulfill their selfish desires. Then there are those that covet and envy those that are better off than them, leering at them begrudgingly, sometimes even avariciously, desperately wanting what they want, feeling indignant, accusing them of not deserving their happiness, when they don't even know the person properly, or what they've been through to get what they have. Even if it seems like that person does not deserve what he has, who are you to judge? Stop being obtuse about life, stop being angry, stop being melancholic, try to stop being frustrated, no matter how irritating your circumstances are. Improve yourself, work hard, persevere in this, and then you won't need to complain, because good things come to those who work their asses off.


Just imagine, a world where money, wealth and riches are NOT a factor. A world with no NO MONEY. I'm not saying ALL problems will be solved by a moneyless world, I'm just saying that is surely will be a better place to live in.

Just imagine these scenarios, no matter how farfetched they are.

If aliens, filled with sanguinary fury for the human race unleash a pernicious attack on Earth, killing us left right and centre with amino acid-based gravatationally-interdimensional plasma cannons that blast each and every of our pathetic little cells into another universe, do you think your money will save you? Do you think the richest person on Earth will be spared? That he can strike a deal with the alien ambassador with his millions? Nope. His money is worthless. And he'll be bludgeoned like the rest of us.

If you die and go straight to the gates of hell, because your life was life lived with malice, backstabbing and filth, do you think you can coerce good ol Lucifer to send you to Utopian bliss by giving him a fat suitcase of goldbars and diamonds? He'll probably send you straight to the edge of heaven, let you see what you're gonna miss and hurl you straight to where you belong; the Valley of Fire and Brimstone filled with the wails of those who were impetuous and stupid, just like you.

Money is not valuable. It might be to our society now, but then again, the things we value are dumb. There are much stronger things that the human race totally neglects, that are way more powerful than money, and that wealth will never be able to buy, because the best things in life come from within, and not from a Gucci bag.

We're so used to it, that it's hard to see it in any other light. We see wealth as an indicator of achievement, accomplishment, experience, talent, hard work, etc, but just think about it, a world where there is no money, no greed or backstabing. A world where intelligent bartering would be the norm, and no money would have to be exchanged, ever, it would be peaceful, world leaders and the super rich bankers would have no hold on the denizens of the world, there'd be no debt, no interest and depreciation, nothing! No using of oil as a trump card or a ticket to start wars. There'd be no more striking, because there is NO money to worry about! No discrimination between rich and poor. Just think of the advances in technology we'd be able to achieve, if it didn't cost billions upon billions of dollars to build things, we could build marvelous machines, enormous buildings housing thousands, creative inventions that will revolutionize the way we live and think! No wonder other intelliegent life doesn't even glance our way, their intelligence and technology is not driven by profits and losses, but by making their world a better place to live in peacefully. we claim to be intelligent, but show our ignorance by thinking the way we do.

I know we'll have to change our ways of thinking, and that a lot of people WON'T be able to even think so ebulliently or live that way, but it's worth a try. (heck, even I will struggle to not want to be well off and secure my future for my kids, etc, because that's how we grow up, it's programmed into us, but I digress)

This is my hope for the future, that in the next 100 years we'll be able to carve out such a world.

Friday, April 17, 2009

South Africa's Problem

What I think South Africa's problem is.

Vimeo HQ version:


South Africa's problem from Spenelo Stevens on Vimeo.

Youtube version(lower res):



Tell me whatcha think. :)

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Election babble.

Watch me break down the 8 parties, detailing their brief history, what they stand for, and what they promise.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

I've been rather quiet. . .

So, I haven't posted anything in a long time. . .my bad.

Good news is, I'm working on several things, so when the posting starts, it'll flow!!

Currently working on a music video for one of my songs, but before that I want to make a clip guiding young voters through the upcoming elections. So. Stay tuned.

;-)