Hamster Potter

Hamster Potter by Keith Hopkin

Last time I brought you”Hamster Things” (“Stranger Things” with hamsters!). Today I give you “Hamster Potter”! That’s right, “Harry Potter” with hamsters! Special thanks again to the  Westchester Rescued Hamster Haven for their adorable rescue hamsters!


Video by Keith Hopkin & Laura Vitto

VFX by Loris Ravera

Here’s Laura putting some finishing touches on the “moving portraits” Hamster Potter set.

Laura Vitto on set of Hamster Potter

Get the Mail with a Drone

Getting the mail with a drone??? Why??! Why NOT?!! At Mashable we decided to see if drones could do some chores around the house. Here’s the first one where we used an octocopter to get the mail. It worked! .. sorta…

Video by Keith Hopkin
Drone Pilot: Christopher Kaczmarzyk
Host: Max Knoblauch
Special Thanks to Joe Dobise

Teach Your Dog to Take a Selfie

You read that title right! Using this hilarious and simple hardware hack and the Twilio communication service you can hook up a giant button to an Arduino and a webcam and teach your dog to snap photos that are automatically sent to your phone!

Read more about how to do it here: http://mashable.com/2016/07/26/teach-dog-text-selfie/

Special thanks to Greg Baugues for making this happen.


Racing Drones

I’m working on a little vlog-style series with Sam Sheffer at Mashable and we are learning about drone racing.  We are trying to get him capable enough to race in the upcoming Liberty Cup Drone Race.

deadmau5 on Facebook Live

This week we had a cool opportunity at Mashable to set up a Facebook Live interview with Joel Zimmerman (aka deadmau5). As a fan of Zimmerman’s I decided I wanted to turn this into something special so I contacted my friends at Looking Glass Factory and they brought over 18 of their glorious 8x8x8 L3D cubes. We stacked them up in the background and let them do their thing – a total of over 9,000 multi-colored LED lights!

I also wanted to do a little something special for Joel’s skype monitor so I cut out some large foamcore mouse ears and lined the edges with laser wire which is one of my new favorite things to use for set design.  Unlike EL (electroluminescent) wire it is VERY easy to work with. Here’s a still from the shoot:

deadmau5 interview
Left: Joel Zimmerman (deadmau5), Right: Sam Sheffer


And if you’d like to see the entire 6/30/2016 interview you can still watch it here: https://www.facebook.com/mashable/videos/10154242991744705/

And here is a sketch I made when planning the set 🙂

The cardboard VR app Joel is plugging in the video is actually pretty cool! You can watch a video and read an article I wrote about it here:

Or just watch this YouTube video: