Getting ready to record demo for new plug-in! (Updated)

Workflow plugin origin story #AfterEffects

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Working on a new workflow plugin for after effects!

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2 months ago
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Atmospheric Re-Entry!
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Circuit City
Making circuits! After trying to create something large, I thought I should try to make something small! I started by taking a circuitry texture and placing it on a plane in Element 3D. I used the texture in the Glossiness channel and the reflection channel to give the pathways a metalic look. Next I built the […]
New Show and New workflow Plug-in!

Some cool news to announce! We have just finished recording a horrifying new blog show with a frightening theme! But more on that next week!

Another exciting development is a a new workflow plug-in for After Effects! Coming this week!

Now, this plug-in doesn’t make light sabers or energy fx, it might not even change your life, but this utility we developed will speed up your AE work flow! Embarrassingly enough, the development began last year when I started working on Intercept! And while I am still finishing the VFX for my short, this new plug-in is done and so we’re going to release it! Is that progress!? I DON’T KNOW!!

The good news is we’re jamming on a lot of projects behind the scenes, but this year has been a very humbling and rejuvenating experience for me. And it is simply managing ideas and execution. How do we continue to push ourselves creatively and build better consistency… I don’t know if we have it all figured out, but at least we are asking the right questions now!

For example : Here was my thought process on the Saber plug-in:

  1. Man, my short film is taking way too long I need to release something cool now that I’m back from Star Wars!
  2. Let’s release the Saber plug-in. That thing is pretty cool!
  3. I haven’t posted cool stuff in a while though, This plug-in needs to be sweet!
  4. I Should make a trailer too! How long will that take?
  5. S#!T The plug-in is just not good enough yet and it comes out in two days!
  6. Let’s add more features! Let’s add displacement noise and presets! We can make it!
  7. Crap! We’re late! Now this thing really has to be amazing! Let’s add text outlines and mask shapes too!
  8. What have we done!

Being late because of high expectations makes my expectations higher. A dangerous loop.

So you can see the real challenge is I want to make awesome stuff but it’s easy to underestimate how much time it takes to pull it off! (Cough Cough, Intercept!)

This year we added some fantastic new people to the VC Team and I’m able to get everyone more involved in our shows and do more simultaneous projects that are spread out over time so there are things always in development and more people can be involved in finishing projects.

I think at the end of the day, walking around with a Video Copilot apron has really helped my focus!

 

Office is on fire now!

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Atmospheric Re-Entry!

Here is a preview of an animation i’m working on. Playing around with Element 3D and Saber to create the fiery streaks!

This past week has been super productive, finishing VFX for Intercept, doing daily renders and preparing for another DMALA meeting in Los Angeles on October 18th. Going to be a blast!

Circuit City #Element3D #MotionDesign2

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3 months ago
Circuit City

Making circuits! After trying to create something large, I thought I should try to make something small!

I started by taking a circuitry texture and placing it on a plane in Element 3D. I used the texture in the Glossiness channel and the reflection channel to give the pathways a metalic look. Next I built the circuits using various primitives like box and cylinder at various sizes and placed them around the board near the components of the texture. I couldn’t help myself and I ended up adding some motion design elements like the power core and microchips. It’s amazing how some random object suddenly looks like a fancy heatsink (heat-sync?) in the right context.

And finally for the micro look, I turned on some camera depth of field!

I’ve included the circuit texture below so you can try it out!

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3 months ago
Cloud City

Continuing the Element 3D fun! This started as a desert scene and soon turned into a cloud city! Typical. Part of the fun of these render projects is just creating random stuff and designing without a specific goal. It’s actually been really challenging and exciting to try various techniques.

In this scene, I used an aerial cloud photos with some dust stock footage to create a wispy cloud city. The trick was placing dust in front and behind the objects so they pop out a bit. This design was broken into two copies of Element 3D. One for the BG buildings and one for the front pieces. This made it easy to place smoke between the layers.

I also used the E3D Fog and Ambient occlusion to create distance separation. There are probably a bunch of ways I could lay the scene out but the nice thing is once it is setup you can experiment with various arrangements!

 

 

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3 months ago