For my final project I would like to do something with Adobe After Effects as I’ve never used it before and would really like to try my hand at Visual Effects. I’ve already begun looking at tutorials online and Youtube video tutorials for moderately basic effects. For the project itself I plan on filming a video and then adding some effects in After Effects. I own a green screen so perhaps I will find a way to integrate that into the project. I think one of the things I will really try to do though, and possibly make my focus, is creating a short video with one person who I will then clone in After Effects and have a scene filled with clones of the person I film. Since I’ve never used the program before and know virtually nothing about it, I don’t think I will be able to teach myself too much in the little time remaining. However if I am able to learn this cloning effect and make a short film out of it I will be quite happy. I have watched some videos that are specifically about cloning in After Effects and it appears to be simple enough. With my Photoshop background I am able to see that the effect is made up of layers, and essentially isolating specific objects, or in this case, people. One of the greatest challenges may lie in the filming itself, as I have to insure that the lighting remains the same throughout the scene, and I need to make sure that when the one person is filmed in various places, they won’t be overlapping on another position that they are in. Otherwise the effect becomes much more advanced and I am not sure yet just how far I will be able to take it. Ultimately the extent of this project will depend on the progress that I am able to make and how quickly I pick up on the program.
The project that I have decided on doing is the creation of a one man band with the help of After Effects. This weekend I will be filming a scene with one person who moves around the room playing a variety of instruments. The trick I have learnt is that I will have to make sure that the lighting of the environment we are using does not change, otherwise the shadows of the person moving around will not appear realistic. I will also be better off using a tri-pod as this will insure that I have a stable composition. When editing, I will mainly be using masks. Therefore I don't want one half of the composition shaking one way and the other half shaking another. A tri-pod will insure that the entire frame remains in a locked position.
Below are some of the links that I have been using as inspiration/training tools...
Coming next week..!