Call Me Clark

Youtube Music Awards 2015

Launch film for the 2015 YouTube Music Awards


I worked with the Autofuss team to design and animate various laser projected graphics for the Youtube Music Awards 2015 launch film.  Working with robots and lasers on the same set was a truly surreal experience.  After all the fog, late nights and dancing, this project turned out to be a spectacular blend of technical and creative experimentation.  Check out my dance moves around 44 seconds in.

Role: Design & Animation
Client: Youtube + Google
Studio: Autofuss
Created: 2015

Project Stills

Laser content was created by a team of designers, engineers and various laser specialists.  All elements were shot in camera via robot or steady-cam.  

Behind the Scenes in Foge City

Designers, engineers, robots, high-powered lasers, cameras, actors, dance music, thick fog and late nights behind a row of control monitors.  

Laser Typography

We created the various title and tunnel animations in Cinema 4D, which were then run through a laser projector and captured by a robot controlled camera.

Previs & Style Frames

I created style frames during the pitch process in order to help envision the interaction between our actors and their laser environment.

Laser Experimentation

We also experimented with automated mirrors on a breadboard to better understand how we could create typography and graphic forms with laser beams.  Special thanks to Marek Michalowski for operating these bad boys!


Launch Film Crew


Tarik Abdel-Gawad

Yovel Schwartz

Executive Producer
Bill Galusha

Technical Advisor 
Philip Reyneri

Director of Photography
Joe Picard

Ashley Rodholm

Assistant Editor
Ian Colon

Graphic Design
Rowan Odgen
Wendie Ing

Design & Animation 
Conor Grebel
Jason Kerr
Peter Clark

Production Coordinator
Johnny Carroll

Laser Operators 
Adam LaBay
Sean Populorum
Eliav Kadosh
Mike Lee

Lasers Provided by
Future Weapons Laser and Lighting Design
Lightwave International

1st Assistant Camera
Dean Snodgrass

Electric Department
Charles Griswald - Gaffer
Joseph Scott - Gaffer / Best Boy
Alan Steinheimer - Gaffer

Grip Department
Don Henderson - Key Grip
Tod Stoneman - Key Grip
Mark Otewalt - Key Grip
Rick Edmondson - Best Boy
Duane Robinson - Rigging Grip
Jay Coakley - Best Boy

Harald Boyesen

Sound Design & Mix 
Jeremy Bowker - Skywalker Sound

Chris Martin - SPY a FotoKem Company

Post Finishing & Online
David Aughenbaugh
Devin Earthman
Lori Williams
Darren Orr

Behind The Scenes Crew

Creative Director 
Ashley Rodholm

Director & Editor
Ian Colon

Dakota Wilder Smith
Aron Pruiett
Patrick Walsh
Cody Towner
Joe Picard
 Ian Colon

Title Design
Peter Clark

Carey Burens - SPY

Jingle Punks

Sound Design
Disher Music

Sound Mix
Paul Zahnley