Monday, March 31, 2008

A Conversation about Greenscreen with Daniel Land, Co-Director of Dirty Trousers

Dirty Trousers

This is part two of an ongoing series with Dirty Trousers filmmakers, as we follow them through the post production process.

In this interview we specifically talk about shooting green screen and the keying process. Daniel Land gives us some insight on what it is like to work on a film filled with effects with a limited amount of time and budge, and what it takes to bring their vision to the big screen.

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Friday, March 28, 2008

Vanessa Paradis - L'incendie

Vanessa Paradis is Johnny Depp's squeeze and he directed the video and he supposedly makes a cameo (but that could be any guy... you never get to see his face).

The video is surprisingly good. I love the flaming footsteps. That's some nice tracking. My guess is that they employed tracking dots on the floor and painted them out because there's no way they could've tracked that floor. The echo motion blur effects on her arms also caught my eye. I am guessing that they shot her over green screen and used a 3D tracker since the camera is panning around her.

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MyToolfarm Red Giant NAB Contest Entries

The Red Giant/MyToolfarm NAB Contest submission was officially over earlier this week and we had several terrific entries. Because of a problem we had with our uploader, the entries were also collected via another method, so this is not every entry unfortunately. This will give you a good cross-section of what was entered and if the winning entry is not in this bunch, we will put it online. There were about 24 entries in total. There are some super talented designers and motion graphics artists out there. I was blown away by some of the entries.

For a video to qualify, they must use Trapcode Form or Magic Bullet Looks. The first place winner will receive a trip to NAB and present their project at the Red Giant Booth. The first and second runners up will receive software.

The official winners will be announced next week. The list below is in the order they were submitted from newest to oldest and is no indication of the winners.

I should also note that the star ratings are not accurate if you view at MyToolfarm, so please ignore them. I think they work fine, but I wonder if someone has come through and given them all low marks just to be funny. All of these videos deserve higher ratings than they've received. I'm going to look into this.

Symantec NetBackup Product Launch




Veritas Backup Exec 10 Event Opener




Tori Amos Greenscreen Contest Submission 2007




Freedom Fall (Clip)




Ryan Wheat Motion Graphics Demo




Penny and Ashtray




The Field Scene




Mumbai Central




Besuch der Holztiere



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Friday, March 21, 2008

Psyop/Adidas Zheng Zhi

This is the second spot in TBWA China's campaign for the 2008 Beijing Olympics by Psyop. Gorgeous work- I like the pencil drawing/hand drawn look.

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Thursday, March 20, 2008

The New Pornographers "Myriad Harbour"

Check out "Myriad Harbour" by Directors Johanne St-Marie and Mark Lomond of Fluorescent Hill. Here's an excerpt from an interview at FEED's site:

"Because we had so little time in that shoot, we couldn’t afford the time to have them act out anything. So I shot Jo as the body double for Neko and Kathryn in the band, and shot my friend Richard as the body double for all six guys.

Then I redrew all the bodies in different sizes and clothes, and attached all of the heads I drew. The mouths are stop motion photographs of my mouth and Jo’s, then drawn and in-betweened and composited into the mix. We went completely paperless for the whole process, and drew everything in Photoshop.

I kept the colour to a minimum and played with three or four combination. I had gone further with the colour combos, but it made the faces unreadable in the really short scenes."


You can view more of Fluorescent Hill's portfolio at: www.fluorescenthill.com

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

SMILE, A Student Film

Wow. This is a very intense, super-freaky student project. Here's a short blurb:

"SMILE is an impressive 2005 student film by Yuval Markovich and Noam Abta produced at Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design in Jerusalem. Horror films are all too rare in animation, and this short does a solid job of building the tension and creating a mood of paranoia and uncertainty. Technically, it looks like the film was shot in live-action, with over sized CG heads placed on the live bodies. It's a surprisingly effective technique that adds to the film's uneasy mood."



You can check out more of their films at: www.lioninzion.com

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Thursday, March 06, 2008

The Blue Seeds- Lost and Delirious

This dreamlike music video features a nice mix of traditional animation and VFX; directed by Stephane Fournier.

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Monday, March 03, 2008

Justice - DVNO

The AE-List is full of good ones today. Gary Reisman posted this one. I'm sure it's posted to one of the music video blogs I frequent (like Daily Motion! Haha), but I haven't made it there yet. This video is just stellar. 100% pure unadulterated eye candy. What's not to love!

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Star Wars vs. Saul Bass

Saul Bass is known for his stylized title designs on such films as Vertigo, The Man with The Golden Arm, It's a Mad Mad World, Psycho and others.

This one was posted to the AE-List and I thought it was cute and interesting take on Saul Bass's style. This homage was done by Bhilmers, a student.



Here is an authentic Saul Bass title sequence for the film Anatomy of a Murder.



And here's one for the film Seconds.

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Sara Bareilles - Love Song

I heard this song first on a commercial for Rhapsody? The song is just delicious. The video is equally good. It just has a beautiful surreal "look" with gorgeous warm colors.

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Saturday, March 01, 2008

Iron Man Trailer

Robert Downey, Jr... boy, was he a total babe in the 80s. He still looks pretty good, considering all of the drugs he's done. His latest film, Iron Man, looks highly entertaining, an 'explosive' film, where he turns into an awesome flying robot. Now, if that isn't a recipe for success, what is? Plus, I'm a sucker for those high-tech computer screen holograms that float in the air, projected onto nothing and this trailer shows some nice examples of that type of work. This looks awesome!

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