Archive for the ‘Motion Graphics’ Category

ETSU Open BUCS Theater Ad

Promotional 15 second ad spot I did back in December for ETSU’s OpenBUCS to run in regional movie theaters. Rob Nelson of ETSU Online provided narration and I completed the project with Premiere, After Effects, and Audition.

Closing Spaces

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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.

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Compositing Reel 2013

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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…


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Due to the recent news about ETSU’s ROTC program possibly being eliminated by the military, I was asked to create a promo featuring former Major General and ETSU alum Gary Harrel to promote the #KeepETSUROTC media campaign. Utilizing some stock photos supplied by the ETSU Photo Lab, footage of Major General Harrel’s interview provided by Jason Jones of ETSU Online, and some photos I took in the ROTC building on campus I created the following promo with After Effects, Final Cut, and, of course, element 3D. Enjoy!

ETSU’s Reliquaries

Bill Bledsoe's Reliquaries

Recently, I was given another project to assemble a series of episodic vignettes about a series of paintings created by local artist and ETSU alum Bill Bledsoe that captured a series of memorable scenes from around the campus for a promotional sub-site on the university’s webpage. Bledsoe provides commentary on each piece to give a little background on his vision and method.

Videography and on-location sound provided by Jason Jones, Zion Madden, and David Currie of ETSU Online and talent provided by artist Bill Bledsoe. I performed all editing and post-production duties utilizing Final Cut, Audition, Photoshop, Illustrator, and After Effects.

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


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.

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Graphics in Motion for ETSU’s CPA

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Another fast turnaround was called for with this recent promo video for ETSU’s Basler Center for Physical Activity. With a little less than a week until a previously agreed to deadline (that I was blissfully unaware of until this little jewel hit my desk), I was able to cobble a couple hours of b-roll, an extra long script, and a little flash and dash courtesy of After Effects into the piece above.

Videography by David Currie and Jason Jones of the ETSU Office of eLearning, talent provided by the staff and students at the CPA, and voiceover, editing, and post-production performed by myself utilizing Final Cut, Audition, Photoshop, Illustrator, and After Effects.

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Townie Vision

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I just wrapped up another Townie Convention series and found another opportunity to work in some more 3d titles with Element 3D. One of these days I’m going to have to find an excuse to bring Maya back into my workflow, but it’s amazing to be able to do so much now with motion graphics inside of After Effects and I haven’t even scratched the surface of E3D’s capabilities. Anyway, check out the results below and special thanks to Paul Folger of iNNOV8 Productions for his fine camerawork & the folks at NPI for producing!


Spaces – Episode 2

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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!

Looking Skywards with Got Aerial LLC

Just finished a motion graphics project for rc aerial photography & cinematography company Got Aerial last week. This was my first project working with the Element 3D plugin for After Effects from VideoCopilot.

First impressions working with the plugin are definitely promising. The biggest issues I ran into depend on what 3d tracker you employ to work with Element. I had some solid tracks with the 3D Camera Tracker plugin that ships with AE CS6, but, too often, the shots proved to be a little too much for the tracker to deliver anything solid due to the constant changes in perspective. Ultimately, I relied on The Foundry’s CameraTracker for most of the shots with very reliable results. The reel title mountain ridge flyover, however, proved to be too much for either the 3D Camera Tracker or the Foundry CameraTracker. For this particular case, I found the best results with PfTrack which provided me with a rock-solid track that I was able to use for both the Element 3D Text and the main title “The Art of Flying” which I created in Cinema 4D. Originally, I had created the title with the Element plugin, but, due to some strange artifacting, I switched to C4D to solve the issue. Overall, it was a fun and challenging project and an excellent opportunity to log my first project run with Element & AE CS6!

Check out the final results below. All footage by Got Aerial LLC and music by Krewella.

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