Archive for the ‘Compositing’ Category

Closing Spaces

spaces_104_uncut master (0;01;56;15)

I finally was able to close the books on Spaces this week. We had originally planned for the series to go 5 episodes, but, due to a backlog last semester and some severe looming budget cuts for our department, we had to settle for a 4 episode run. Regardless, I think that the story arc remains conclusive as nearly all of the loose ends from the first three episodes are tied up in the fourth installment. We did begin production on the fifth episode and I may include the opening scene as an extra on the series DVD that we release later this year.

In terms of the production schedule, this episode trumped all others in terms of multiple shoots as we had to find a way to coordinate 8 volunteer actors to occupy the same space at the same time. This kind of logistical nightmare doesn’t always work, but, in this instance, we were able to work around their schedule limitations and do multiple shoots that incorporated as many actors as we could at a time while avoiding any wide shots that would require digitally adding actors in.

As to the visual effects elements for this episode, I really didn’t find the need to add too much outside of the reveal shot of Charlotte’s paintings and a few hand-held shots that required some stabilization in post. Everything else was fairly well planned out so the need to add extras here and there were minimal. I had originally intended to include one more videophone shot where Charlotte calls Sheldon & Steve to check on the status of the doctors as they ran down the stairwell and have them running across the street in the background as Ward and Mason pull up. However, scheduling limitations dictated that I junk those shots in favor of a more easily filmed transition.

Anyway, as to the credits. The episode was produced by ETSU Online and Parking Services with special thanks to the Mary B. Martin School of the Arts and Karlota Contreras-Koterbay for being so gracious to provide us access to the Slocumb Galleries on multiple occasions. The episode, once again, stars Everett Tarlton and Danielle Tucker with returning guest stars Zach Starnes, Josh Holley, Bobby Funk, and Carolina Hurtado. Also appearing in this episode were Caroline Abercrombie, David Currie, and Rob Nelson as the doctors. I co-wrote the script for this episode with David Currie of the ETSU Office of eLearning who , along with Zion Madden of ETSU Online, served as assistant camera and audio technician. I served as Director, D.P., and Editor. All post-production was completed with Final Cut, Premiere Pro, Photoshop, Mocha, and After Effects.

YouTube Preview Image

Compositing Reel 2013

03_MadMax (00064)

Just finished my new compositing reel for 2013 and was able to work in some never before seen shots from Choices along the way! Check it out below…

Fall 2013 Lineup for the Mary B. Martin School of the Arts

F13_MBM_02

Once again this year, I was asked to create a promo for the Mary B. Martin School of the Arts events schedule. Talent provided by program chair Anita DeAngelis and videography by Jason Jones of ETSU Online. I performed all editing and post-production utilizing Final Cut, Audition, Photoshop, and After Effects.

YouTube Preview Image

Back to Spaces

spaces_103ED_BQ_32MB (20963)

Episode 3 of Spaces is now officially in the books. It took a little longer to wrap production on this episode due to the inevitable scattering of acting talent that so often happens at the end of the semester, but, ultimately, I’m really happy with how everything came together. Episode 3 introduces us to Dr. Ward Rothschild, Charlotte’s father, who is played masterfully by ETSU Theatre professor Bobby Funk. Intellectually overbearing and strangely aloof, Ward presents himself as the next hurdle for Mason to clear in his pursuit of Charlotte’s affections.

From a technical perspective, we once again relied on a combination of a Canon 60D, a pair of Sony HXR-NX5Us, and a GoPro Hero III and we also went with the boom mic a little more often with this episode when an operator was available. Once again, I chose to return to the Facetime/Skype style video chat app to drive anther chaotic moment between Mason and his buddies. Additionally, when we were filming inside the cafeteria, we were short on cameras so I utilized the GoPro to capture the action as Steve and Sheldon frantically scribble notes to Mason during his meeting with Ward. I was pleasantly surprised with the flexibility of the GoPro footage captured with the cinetune style enabled. There really was a lot more latitude available during color correction and Mocha was able to track the tablet screen rather easily with only minor tweaks here and there.

Episode 4 presents several potential production nightmares with several actors being present for at least one scene so I have my fingers crossed that we’ll be able to wrap up production on that episode later this month! Anyway, now for the credits…

The third episode was produced by ETSU Online and ETSU Parking Services and starring ETSU students Danielle Tucker and Everett Tarlton. Guest stars include Zach Starnes, Josh Holley, and Bobby Funk. I co-wrote the script for this episode with David Currie of the ETSU Office of eLearning who , along with Zion Madden of ETSU Online, served as assistant camera and audio technician. I served as Director, D.P., and Editor. All post-production was completed with Final Cut, Premiere Pro, Photoshop, Mocha, and After Effects. Enjoy!

YouTube Preview Image

Spaces – Episode 2

spaces_102_unedited master (15767)

We’re deep into the production schedule for the Spaces series with filming for episode 3 nearly complete. The series has taken a sort of life of it’s own at this point as the scripts have grown exponentially as we’ve sought to develop the existing characters to a greater degree. In episode 2, I added a few more visual effects elements by incorporating a simulated Facetime or Skype style app to Mason’s phone so we could utilize a couple different locations and characters at the same time to add to the elevated sense of tension that Charlotte feels as her secret is revealed. I co-wrote the script for episode 2 with David Currie but, with certain sections, we encouraged the actors do a little improv here and there and they did a fantastic job of breathing more life into their expanded roles.

To make the video chat sequence more interesting, we utilized the GoPro Hero III to a far greater degree in the production pipeline with very positive results. In all, during the cafeteria side of the exchange, we were running the GoPro, 2 Sony HXR-NX5u Cameras, and my Canon 60D simultaneously so we could incorporate several cutaways from the chat session to develop a little personal history from Mason’s friends, Steve and Sheldon.  Surprisingly enough, we still managed to get all our shots over the course of two afternoons and incorporate a new character, Valentina, into our little burgeoning drama. Luckily, we were able to run with a 3 person crew consisting of myself, David Currie and Zion Madden for most of the second day where we filmed the exterior, car shots, and the museum. We also again opted for the lavalier mics for the bulk of both shoots with sometimes mixed results (rustling clothing and a little feedback here and there), however, they really came in handy for the cafeteria shoot as a boom mic would have definitely caught ambient audio from the festival going on just outside the glass doors. Going forward with filming for episode 4, I do intend to rely a lot more heavily on the boom mic since we will be filming in more controlled environments where one camera can be locked down.

I edited the the footage with Final Cut and Premiere, cleaned and graded the footage with After Effects, utilized Mocha and After Effects to handle the visual effects shots, and processed the audio with Audition. You can check out the results below and check back for part 3!

Motion Graphics for ETSU College of Education

Just finished a series of videos for the Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis doctoral program at ETSU’s College of Education. All videography was provided by Jason Jones and Zion Madden of the ETSU Office of eLearning and talent by Dr. Bethany Flora, Dr. Don Good, and ETSU president Dr. Brian Noland. I performed all post-production duties with Final Cut, Audition, and After Effects.

Carter Legacy

I finally got the time to get this one finished – at last. Carter Legacy a mini-documentary that tells the story of how East Tennessee State University was founded and the role its benefactor, George L. Carter, played in making the school’s founding a reality. John Fleenor, Media Collections Manager at ETSU’s Archives of Appalachia, provides narration of a story by Ned Irwin, University Archivist. David Currie, Josh Elliot, and Jason Jones assisted with the live action shoot and all still photography was provided by the University Photo Lab, the Archives of Appalachia, and the website Johnson’s Depot. Thanks & props also goes to ETSU Digital Media Services who produced the project and aided in the distribution. I served as director, editor, visual effects artist, and producer utilizing Premiere, After Effects, Photoshop, and Audition on a Mac & PC.

This project required a massive amount of Photoshop & After Effects work for the 2D/3D shots which I’ll go into a little more in a future post. It will be featured during ETSU’s Centennial Celebration next month. Check it out below.

YouTube Preview Image

Brainstorm VFX – Revisioning Atlantic City

It’s no secret I’m a big fan of Boardwalk Empire, but, I’ll have to admit, they slipped in more visual effects shots of old Atlantic City and the Boardwalk, itself, than I realized. Check out all the work that went into digitally re-creating the sights and sounds courtesy of Brainstorm VFX.

YouTube Preview Image

 

Playing with fire

Moving Picture Company released a new FX breakdown recently that showcases an awesome frozen time effect in a burning room. Check it out:

YouTube Preview Image

 

ETSU Pharma PSA

Finally got this one online so I thought I’d say a few words about it.  This video was created as a PSA for the ETSU College of Pharmacy.  The script was written by the pharmacy students who also seved as the talent.  On the production side, I was assisted by Leena Agrawal of the Office of eLearning, and in post by Rob Russell who provided the main voiceover as well as the vending machine “voice.”  I used After Effects, Mocha, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Audition to complete the post duties.

Return top