After Effects

BUCK Didn’t Fail Idaho.

BUCK has produced a nice animated short for the state of Idaho that blends traditional cel animation with After Effects and 3D Animation. The one minute forty five second spot embraces the current trend toward flat design, without being trendy. There is a vintage look to the piece that doesn’t feel gimmicky or tries to hard. The visuals just work and the fluid animation draws the viewer in compelling them to listen to the message. It took a team of twenty to put this together, and the quality shows. Credits are below the video.

Directed by: BUCK
Executive Creative Director: Ryan Honey
Executive Producer: Maurie Enochson
Producer: Emily Rickard
Associate Producer: Ashley Hsieh
Art Director: Ege Soyuer
Design: Ege Soyuer,Yuki Yamada, Susan Yung, Kenesha Sneed, Jenny Ko, Xoana Herrera
After Effects and 3D Animation: Daniel Coutinho, Claudio Salas, Esteban Esquivo, Andreas Hansen
Cel Animation: Matt Everton, Kendra Ryan, Claudio Salas, Song Kim, Laura Yilmaz, Gunnar Pettersson
Music Composition and Sound Design: Echolab

“Beauty” Rino Stefano Tagliafierro, Brings the Old Masters to Life.

The video below from  was created from masterwork paintings, painstakingly cut apart and animated with great effect. I can’t even imagine how long the process took. Having done this on a smaller scale I know first hand what is required. Loads of Photoshop work, and even more work in a program like After Effects. Achieving believable parallax, and animating with the puppet tool are not easy things to do. Beyond the technical aspects of the animated short, there is a hypnotic and at times disturbing quality to the film that creates a nice balance between beauty, and the grotesque reality of some of the subject matter these paintings represent. None the less it’s worth watching as   brings these paintings to life. The full list of the paintings used can be found here.

Old School plus New School. A Zoetrope for the Crafts Council.

OK, I love this. Here we have a wonderful short film for the Crafts Council that features old school animation techniques, pottery, and a Zoetrope. At the 22 second mark there is a brief shot of an After Effects screen where it looks like they were using CS 6 to figure out the animation sequence that would be hand applied to the pottery to create the final effect. What a great blend of old and new.

The film by Jim Le Fevre, Mike Paterson and Roops and Al Johnstone (RAMP ceramics) is based upon the principles of the Zoetrope with a twist. Instead of placing the pot in a drum with slits to create the shutter, and the animation, Le Fevre set up 19 frames spaced out at about 2 inches. The animation sequence is just about three quarters of a second in length per loop. To get the timing right, the potters wheel was slowly ramped up until it was perfect in-frame for the camera at about 78 rpm.

weareseventeen uses Color and Light, for the BBC India Diwali Indents.

The BBC and WearSeventeen have produced a series of indents for the BBC India for Diwali. The indents are effects heavy, visually stimulating animations coupled to the awesome Zelig Sound composition soundtrack for the set.  Each ident is a different take on the interaction of beautiful Indian silks and light, which combine to create a feeling of abstract celebration for the five day festival. All three spots build from dark to light ending in a crescendo of color.

2 Cameras, 1 Phone, and 100 or so Balloons.

Over the last year I have been doing a little experiment using mixed video and audio sources in a series of small video productions. No commercial projects just a series of personal projects to test workflow, camera  comparisons, and end results. The video below was shot a couple of weeks back at the Great Midwest Balloon festival on a Canon 5D MkII, and Olympus OMD EM-1, an iPhone 4s, and 5. All the footage was imported directly into Adobe Premier, with video stabilizing, and color correction being handled by After Effects.

What I was looking for was could I spot the difference between cameras, and how would the Adobe workflow handle the differing camera footage when they were mixed. I have to say, once again I am pretty impressed with the way things turned out. The OMD did a great job, and it is almost impossible to tell the difference between the footage it produced from the 5D. Even the iPhone footage when color balanced and graded in After Effects looks pretty impressive, and blends in just fine with that from the larger cameras. It’s pretty amazing just how much things have changed form a shooting and editing perspective in just the last few years. I never would have tried this five years ago.

Analogue/Digital BNE Opening Titles, Show Masterful After Effects Work.

For the Analogue/Digital BNE creative conference in Brisbane Australia, Breeder created a refined black and white sequence filled with sensual imagery, and a great black and white aesthetic. The two videos below show the final piece and the process breakdown of how the sequence was created.

The entire piece was built using After Effects, Mocha, and Photoshop. This is a testament to how powerful the puppet tool can be, especially when combined with other software like Mocha for tracking, and After Effects expressions. The end result is absolutely beautiful. For an interview with Breeder, and some really great screen captures of how this was made go to Watch The Titles.

Creative Direction: Joyce Ho
Producer: Adam Sebastian West
Cinematography: Chris Morris, Alex Gee, Adam Sebastian West
Editing: Alex Gee
Design Lead: Joyce Ho
Design: Alex Gee, Timothy Lovett, Jai Mitchell
Compositing: Chris Morris
Animation: Alex Gee, Joyce Ho, Grayson Huddart