Nike Aerow 90 Soccer Ball Animation

In 2007 I was offered a contract position with Nike. They wanted me to produce an animation showcasing their new top of the line soccer ball called the Aerow 90. On release they changed the name to Total 90 Omni. Nike provided a CAD model of the ball and a texture map. In production I created several versions of the ball for the close ups, fly in, sweet spots, layers, and spin. The soccer dude on the field was a model from Nike that I rigged up for a simple turn animation. I pulled everything into After Effects CS3 for post production. I didn’t care much for the music but Nike liked it. My favorite part of the animation was the layers peeling back from within. I used Mental Ray for all the texturing and lighting. It was a challenging and fun project to work on and it also looks good in my portfolio.