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Tools

Slugline. Simple, elegant screenwriting.

Red Giant Color Suite, with Magic Bullet Looks 2.5 and Colorista II

Needables
  • Sony Alpha a7S Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera
    Sony Alpha a7S Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera
    Sony
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4KBODY 16.05MP Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera with 4K Cinematic Video (Body Only)
    Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4KBODY 16.05MP Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera with 4K Cinematic Video (Body Only)
    Panasonic
  • TASCAM DR-100mkII 2-Channel Portable Digital Recorder
    TASCAM DR-100mkII 2-Channel Portable Digital Recorder
    TASCAM
  • The DV Rebel's Guide: An All-Digital Approach to Making Killer Action Movies on the Cheap (Peachpit)
    The DV Rebel's Guide: An All-Digital Approach to Making Killer Action Movies on the Cheap (Peachpit)
    by Stu Maschwitz
Thursday
Feb022006

Orphanage Wraps Ruby Tuesday Spot



I just put the finishing touches on my first Superbowl spot. If there's a Ruby Tuesday restaurant near you, you might just see my :30 that features a tie-in with Mini Cooper in between Bud spots on Sunday.

This spot is my most ambitious to date — a sort of miniature Italian Job on a Ruby Tuesday bar top. We created photoreal CG Mini Coopers and finished the spot in HD as a :30 and a :45. We pushed digital filmmaking technology forward by shooting, uhm, film (with the masterful Mr. John Stanier behind the lens). Hey, someone has to do it.

Another fun thing I did for this spot was create a detailed 3D animatic in After Effects 7, something I hope to post here about.

Friday
Jan202006

Mine‘s better than yours

An interesting debate sprang up in the comments on my previous posts. The question came up of "What do you do in AE that Fusion/Shake aren't good tools for?" While I feel that "my software is better than yours" discussions are silly, there is much to be gained by users and developers from a healthy discourse about the workflows that particular programs have really nailed. "After Effects suxx0rz compared to Shake" == not productive. "I can do this one thing I do a lot really fast in Combustion, whereas it takes forever in Fusion" == productive.

Last year I was putting together a teaser trailer and found myself missing a shot. The shot we desperately needed was a rack-focus from a barn to flies buzzing in the foreground over some unseen form. I had a still photo of a barn, and was able to camera-map it onto some planes in After Effects and create a convincing camera move. Next came the flies.

Creating the swarm of flies that buzzed around the camera, flitting in and out of focus, took 20 minutes.

Don't believe me? Well, I recreated the feat in AE7 for you to watch, The link below is to an unedited screen capture of a 17-minute session in AE7. I was able to shave three minutes off my time because I'd done it once before.

I considered the creation of this shot to be a triumph of AE's flexibility, 3D capabilities (including depth-of-field), and expressions. It might be a bit beyond what most people would consider appropriate for a comping app, but of course that's what I loved about it. I made a cool, spooky shot out of a still photo in only a few hours. There are many things I know I could do in Fusion or Shake that I would have a tough time with in AE, but the comment specifically asked for an example of something easier in AE than in Fusion, and I submit to you:

flies.mov (5.3mb Quicktime 7)

Feel free to comment and include links to your own examples of stuff you did in your favorite app. Better still, include a link that proves me wrong, showing you doing this in 16 minutes with some other tool!

Monday
Jan162006

Adobe After Effects 7.0

...has been announced.

Ten great things you can do with After Effects 7.0:

  1. Dump eLin and work in linear 32-bit floating point
  2. See an accurate preview of how your film work will look when projected
  3. “Make Your Video Look Like Film”
  4. Take advantage of linear-light layer blending, even in 8-bit
  5. Color Manage your workflow
  6. Apply 8- and 16-bit effects to 32-bit images
  7. Animate using explicit translation curves
  8. Import camera RAW files as HDR images
  9. Slow Motion For Me (time warp)
  10. (Nearly) navigate with nodes
More to come.

Sunday
Jan152006

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