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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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31 Days of Horror – Day 01 – The Host

Well, it’s that time of year again and, being inspired by seeing The Cabin in the Woods this weekend, I thought I’d try to put together a list of some great horror movies you’ve probably never seen. I’m not trying to assemble this list as a countdown or even a best of the best, but rather a compilation of great horror movies that never got the press they should have. So, in the spirit of the season, here’s the first of 31 great horror films you should see.

Day 1 – The Host

The Host is, first and foremost, a straight-up creature feature. Created by FX masters at The Orphanage, the monster is beautifully rendered and totally believable. The entire creature production was an amazing feat in and of itself as the post crew had to be able to teleconference regularly with the film’s creators in Korea with dailies and design samples to ensure the integrity of the filmmaker’s vision. In other words, watch the behind the scenes featurette if you can track down the DVD or Blu-ray to get a better idea of the logistic challenges of making the monster! Aside from the creature, alone, it’s actually a really good movie that will remind alot of people of Jaws. Anyway, here’s the links for more info . . .

The Host on IMdB

The Orphanage’s Transpacific Creature Effects for The Host

and, of course, the trailer

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How 3D films are made

I came across this really interesting article on how several recent 3d films have been put together and thought I’d share!

http://www.fxguide.com/featured/art-of-stereo-conversion-2d-to-3d-2012/

 

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.

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Troll Hunter VFX Breakdown

Came across this breakdown reel the other day and was very impressed.

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Of course, that hooked me and I checked out the movie itself. Good stuff & it turned out to be similar in style to Cloverfield – that is, if Cloverfield were set in Norway and was about trolls . . . Regardless, it’s a great film and, despite the PG-13 rating, delivers a fun and exciting ride. Check it out and be sure to give the makers some pub & buzz!

Official site here.

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:

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MPC – Revisioning Clash of the Titans

I remember going to the the old school Harry Hamlin flick when I was a kid, and, when I heard about the remake, I thought the same as a lot of people – BAD IDEA.  Then I saw it – sans 3D on Blu-Ray – and I did a complete 180.  Maybe it didn’t hold up for some critics, but I was more than pleased.  So, just in case you were wondering, here’s some of how they made it happen.

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Man, it must be awesome to have a team like that.

3D Portfolio Redesign

Jake's 3D Generalist Portfolio

One step closer to web organization of vfxjake.com.

Go there now!

Threw a bit of the kitchen sink in on this one in terms of jQuery tricks.  Still getting my feet wet with all of that madness, so don’t expect anything to come through your screen and drastically alter the course of your very existence . . . just yet.  The new 3D reel is also in the works but in a bit of a holding pattern as the new Compositing and Editing reels are ahead of it in the queue.  As always, all the new stuff will include exerts from the great phantom that is Choices.  ‘Til next time.

Revisit Dyer’s Eve

Just dropping a line to let everyone know that you can now see Dyer’s Eve on YouTube as well as Blip.tv.

YouTube

Blip.tv

Fan up on Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Dyers-Eve-Film-Project/135555086507297

Download from iTunes:

iTunes

Check out the trailer here:

http://www.vimeo.com/2154880

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaIAgDT3D58&feature=related

For those who are interested, here’s the info:

THE DYER’S EVE FILM PROJECT

The Official Site

A mysterious package leads a team of reality show ghost hunters who fake hauntings for ratings to a supposed haunted house in rural Arkham, Kentucky. Led by their megalomaniac leader and producer, Sebastian Crowe, the team proceeds to set up their equipment, while, in the dark recesses of the house, something has begun to stir. As night falls, Crowe and the others must come face to face with the repercussions of their disrespect for the dead and the true spirit of the Curse of Arkham. Some secrets are best left buried.

Production Status: Completed

Genres: Horror, Dark Humor, Thriller, Mockumentary

Release Date: SPRING 2008

Director : Jake VanHuss

Cast: Chris Jones, Andrew Simmons, Archie Fitzgerald, Doris VanHuss, Tiffany Fitzgerald, Walter VanHuss, Nii Adjaidoo, and Jake VanHuss

Producers: Jake VanHuss, Primus Tillman, Robert Helvey, Marty Fitzgerald & Walter VanHuss

Studio(s): Darkfilm Entertainment, Virtual Graphics

Screenplay: Jake VanHuss, Rose VanHuss, and Chris Jones

Story: Jake VanHuss & Rose VanHuss

Cinematographer(s): Jake VanHuss & Andrew Simmons

1st Assistant Director: Andrew Simmons

Stunt Coordinator: Archie Fitzgerald

Music by: Brad Davies, Floyd Hood, & The People of Ghengis

Visual Effects: The Freakshow

Visual Effects and Compositing: Jake VanHuss

Editor: Jake VanHuss

Sound Design and Mixing: Brad Davies & Jake VanHuss

Format: HD 1920×1080

Special thanks: The City of Blountville, TN; David Jones; The Tri-City Regional Airport; Robert Helvey; Video Copilot; East Tennessee State University, Adobe Systems, 2d3, Sony, and Autodesk.

New Motion Graphics Portfolio

In conjunction with my 2010 motion graphics demo reel, I did an overhaul of my online motion graphics portfolio.  Here’s the link

http://www.vfxjake.com/mograph.html

This is part of the annual overhaul of my portfolio sub-sites that I plan on completing in the next few months in an effort to simplify my website by making the subsites all one page portfolios to reduce the clutter of multi-page mini-sites.  I used jQuery for the first time with this one and found it surprisingly robust and easy to work with.  More to come!

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