Role playing at its best, as featured on The Huffington Post. Starring Selma Blair and Jason Ritter. Guess who cut it…
I recently finished editing, along with some visual FX work, a very funny and fresh short film titled The Break In. This comedic gem has all the elements that appeal to me: smart writing, great acting (Selma Blair and Jason Ritter), perfect use of a single location and a surprise-filled story line.
And just when you think you’re on the right track, things get even more absurd. I really enjoyed working on this project and I have a feeling that people won’t be able to stop laughing once they get a chance to watch it.
This post ties right into my Keepin’ It Real blog. My short, June Gloom, is almost done and I don’t mind sharing a couple more frames before the finish line. The below frame is from a 3 seconds long clip, right after the long shot of the prison pickup. I felt a need for the prison to be in it in order to reinforce the location and help the story line. Since it’s a handheld shot, I started with motion tracking along with establishing a cut off line. The red squares are the trackers and the purple line is my vertical guide.
I prepped my prison picture in Photoshop, a combination of a still and a screen-grab of the actual footage. I composited the jpeg in After Effects and made it into a 3D layer. I assigned a virtual camera to the layer, which had created the desired perspective (after some adjustments to the x, y and z axes).
But it was too sharp, as you can see, so I added a lens blur to soften the image and the edges. I also created a null object with the tracking info and linked my jpeg to it. Now my prison was nicely moving (shaking) along with my footage.
Lastly, I changed the depth of field settings of my AE camera to the one we used during the shoot for a more realistic feel. It’s not as noticeable here as it is on the big screen but the closer parts are actually more in-focus then the further ones.
I undressed Los Angeles, layer by layer, with one smooth transition at a time until I got her where I wanted her. It’s one of my most viewed photos on Flickr and I thought it was perfect for this example. I wanted a quick, yet smooth, shift from reality to a more design-minded environment. Click below to check it.
Although it has nothing to do with The Karate Kid, and it’s really more like ‘Title On Title Off’, I still think the main idea clearly shines through.
So, what is it for? Deep down underground we’ve been quietly working on this LB short, titled ‘The Gran’ Scam of Things.’ We’re nearing completion at an astonishing pace, therefore I felt pretty comfortable releasing the first suspenseful 20 seconds (minus music). LB has released stills, snippets and out-takes but never this much relevant information, so please cherish it until the short hits the web ways.
That’s actually not entirely true, because nowadays motion graphic artists create their own idents (station identification) to showcase their talent. It’s a fun and creative way of putting a signature mark on show reels and sometimes on projects. At any rate, I created these two designs as ident mock ups, but unless they start moving or Popscure becomes a TV station they are really just logos. Actually, if Popscure was a TV channel, these designs wouldn’t necessarily have to move.
Come to think of it, I could have created this bad TV retro look in After Effects a lot faster and easier…
…but it was well worth it because I’m still having fun with Photoshop.