So were now at the end of week 7. I am working fevourishly on the first effects sequence of my project.
Here is a screen shot
For a simple 20 second sequence of a plane flying through clouds there is a lot involved.
Firstly the plane is a 3d model composited in using the colour difference plugin.
Then the fun began the plane just looked silly. Just bad
This is the plane composited without effects
To make the plane sit into its environment , I first worked on its lighting I set up an ambient light to reflect of the hull at certain times in the sequence. As you can see I have also colour corrected the hull of the 747 to reflect the colours of the environment around.
Next I added the shadow the aircraft throws and made it more see through. I animated some smoke utilising a particle generator , I then key framed it and manipulated it so it was going in the rite direction. Then to help the effect I smudged it using a heavy blur and lowered the opacity. I also have a camera move key framed into the animation to give it more of a dynamic feel.
So how did I come to use these techniques?
For weeks I have been mocking up scenes for my project. I have used tutorials , books and forums for answers to problems that have arisen. One such site has been a major help .
One sequence I have had the most issues with has been with this footage.
I have a sky I want to composite in and I have tried different techniques but the issue is retaining enough edge detail on the tree tops.
So I find this tutorial at video copilot
Basically the point I am trying to make is to learn After Effects I have had to understand conceptually how things fit whether it be light and how it moves , to colour casts and real world object behaviours. Then I have gone forward researched and sampled different techniques for the same scene. There are so many techniques that I have thrown many attempts away until I have found something that works for me.
So I started this week in my new fill in role at channel 31, editing there promo’s.
It was fantastic to be back professionally editing after a break of over a year.
I most enjoy working through creative and technical problems , sometimes coming up with answers that rant on the face of it obvious.
I edited a promo this week that to me made perfect sense and proportionately I felt the amount of text video music and grabs worked.
Then I showed it to a couple of people in the office who pointed out, although it was well put together and slick and snappy it wasn’t truly clear what the show was about. So thinking this through I wrote a script and dully recorded a voice over. The voice was 2 lines it basically read “show titles coming at 9 , the story of 3 friends forging there own path” . This revaluation that so little can make such a huge difference got me thinking…
We as video practitioners need to focus on proportionate use of elements in out productions. To much one way ,not enough the other ,can totally distort the message in your video whether it be a promo a bumper or a long form documentary.
So how do we determine what proportianlly works? I go back again to something I bring up over and over again and that is process or your personnel workflow. Through experience I have developed a process that works for me. In the case of the promo, it was draw the fundamental elements of what the show was, whether it be keywords or feel. Then I layer a couple of different music tracks down for feel and cut in the pictures I felt best represented that fundamental idea. I then came up with the idea , as the show was about the there friends enhancing that message with a graphic. Then I added the voice as mentioned above. Now the hard part, making the elements work together and not take away from each other.
To become good at this a certain understanding that people can only take in so much visual and auditory information at once. So the voice would go over vision that is non descript to enhance the narative being told. Music down low for emotion to convey its a comedy and grabs from the show with audio to introduce some personality of the characters. Its all about balance and to learn this and develop your intuition ask for feedback I have been around a while I still do its the best tool for getting that message rite.
In coming weeks I hope to be able to post some of this work on the blog stay tuned.