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.
I have always been a technical and creative person but professionally getting the right set of skills to push my career forward has sometimes been difficult. In a creative industry such as television when I was starting out I had to take whatever position I could get. I ended up editing news and current affairs. I had always dreamed of a far more creative endeavor such as drama ,but news was where I ended up. It then became apparent a couple of years ago that the standalone news editors role was starting to die. The broadcasters were employing systems to enable Journalists to edit there own stories .
As this was becoming more obvious to me, I started to look at ways of moving beyond my news room experience . What I found was that I had some very specific skill shortages , that would hamper my career growth. One such deficit was in motion graphics namely After Effects and design skills utilising Photoshop.
The role of the video editor has changed dramatically in broadcasting , now you are expected to be the editor have the ability to design and implement moving graphics and to have a multi disciplined approach to your media production duties. The editor is no longer just the editor.
So fast forward to the last week, I have started university doing my post grad in multimedia. It has been a very enlightening week. Why? for one After Effects isn’t nearly as intimidating as I first thought. It is all built upon key framing , this is something I have done across many different software packages. It feels somewhat familiar to me ,in the way it works. When I worked in London at Bloomberg we edited all our material in Premiere which is the sister application of After Effects . I frequently had to keyframe effects in Premiere which is most likely why After Effects feels less intimidating. Here is an example of an early effects exercise I did.
What I am most looking forward to is bringing my video, photography and love of design together to start bridging over into this exciting new media world. My ultimate aim is to take this further and go onto study 3d animation. My ultimate aim is to design video, effects and edit for film television and online. To be as diverse as possible and to exit the sausage factory I have been involved with these past few years.