Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Three Pass Keying Tutorial

Before and After
After enjoying using KeyLight in Nuke to consolidate an edge matte, a core matte and a garbage matte with one node I decided to see if the same could be done in After Effects.  Unsurprisingly it is not quite as simple in AE but after reading the Foundry's user guide and a blog post from Mark Christiansen as well as watching a light wrap video tutorial by Jerzy Drozda Jr, I have found a workflow which meets my needs.

The footage I am using was captured directly from the EX1 to ProRes4444 using an AJA break out box for Rachel McLean's Scottish Arts Council project.  I now realise that 422 chroma sampling is all we were getting out of the camera but I'm sticking with 444 to avoid a rerender.

After Effects Flow Chart

This tutorial covers the whole three-pass keying process but doesn't discuss the principals of keying or KeyLight in any depth.  For a KeyLight tutorial, check out Andrew Kramer's video here.  A still frame of the footage is available here for anyone wishing to follow along.

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

'A Stately Suicide' a short film in development.

In late September director of photography, Ian Forbes and his writing partner, Andy Smith came to me for advice on a screenplay they had been working on.  I liked the tone of the story immediately but it was clear to us all that it still needed some work.  I came on board to advise at version three of the screenplay and was asked to direct shortly after that.  We have since been through four iterations and made some drastic changes to the events of the story.

The volatile Lord Spencer must be kept under heavy sedation if he is to be placed in a nursing home without a fight.  When Hannah, his private nurse takes all of Spencer's medication, she must enlist Tony, a small-town waster to find street drugs to replace the prescription.

Hospitalfield house, the primary location for the film

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Burning Building Projection Test

This video shows the current state of my work on Colin Andrews' film for the Scottish Arts Council which is being produced at the Visual Effects Research Laboratory in association with North Sea Screen Partners.

Friday, 3 December 2010

Non-player Character test for 'In-World War'

I was approached by Graeme Turnbull of the Mill a few months ago to do some visual effects work on a film he is involved with called In-World War.  One of the problems was to create NPC's that had their faces pixelated in world space rather than on the cinema screen.  I struck upon the idea of mapping the pixelation onto their faces in 3D but it wasn't until I saw this interview with Digital Domain artist Justin van der Lek on fxguidetv that I realised how it could be done.