Top ten worst special effects in movies?

March 21, 2010

A list compiled in the SMH.  I think the list could have been endless!


finalCut/AfterEffects/motion graphics references (online)

March 7, 2010

There are countless resources on the web to help  learn all aspects of digital video production. This is a list of sites I have found most useful;

  • Creative Cow Forums is a great resource for just about all the major digital video and animation/motion graphics packages out there. Includes online forums and loads of tutorial material as well. This should be your first port of call. http://forums.creativecow.net/
  • Squidoo is a graphics design oriented learning resource.
  • Motionographer has an up to date list of the current hot production houses and individuals working in motion graphics
  • Digitalzoo is a good collection of general resource. links

This list will gradually be added to.


Ken Stone’s finalCut site

March 6, 2010

Mat is posting some great stuff as usual over at the mdcm2002 blog and he’s remimnded me of Ken Stone’s great finalCut site and especially this useful article on the language of film by Michael Wohl.


Pleasantville colour effect in AfterEffects

May 26, 2009

In this 2 minute video tip, check out how to use After Effects’ Leave Color effect to create the look where you footage is made black and white, leaving only a single color, made popular by the film Pleasantville. http://www.motionworks.com.au/2008/04/leave_color/


AfterEffects Tutorials

April 25, 2009

Here are some more online afterEffects tutorials, these are at an intermediate level and well worth going through;

1. Video wall: This tutorial covers how to create a video wall but the techniques covered will help you learn about using the “camera” layer and 3D space we looked at this week. Download the AE composition. You will need to download the Trapcode Shine plug-in to complete the tutorial. Trapcode make a great set of pug-ins so you might want to check them out, especially Particular.

2. Creating light streaks: light streaks as per  iPod commercials also using Particular. Download the AE composition.

3. I’ve also placed the materials for the motion tracking example we worked through in class this week in the Media_Stu/mdcm3002_09/video folder so have a go and see if you can make sense of the techniques we covered.


finalCut/AfterEffects/motion graphics references (online): Part 2

March 30, 2009

Here is a list of After Effects resources from the Creative COW website:

More useful online resources;


Intro to afterEffects videocasts

March 30, 2009

Nick Campbell from Greyscale Gorilla has some useful intro to afterEffects vodcasts. Here are a few;

Intro to AfterEffects;
Vodpod videos no longer available.

The original can be found here. Posted with vodpod

Intro to keyframing;
Vodpod videos no longer available.

The afterEffects comp can be dowloaded from here.

The original can be found here. Posted with vodpod