painting the invisible

I’ve spent the lion’s share of the last two days replacing the text on some footage that has a sign in the background. Most visual FX (“effects”) gurus will tell you that the best effects are the ones you didn’t know were effects. To a degree, the highest compliment you can give someone (in VFX) is to not even notice the work they’ve done because it’s so seamless.

It’s interesting… while it is indeed fun to create invisible effects like this, it’s kind of a let down. All your hard work goes into making something that looks like there was no work involved in the first place. It’s kinda bittersweet like that.

Since DVDs came around we’ve begun to see more and more “behind the scenes” features. The beautiful thing about this is that it not only gives the viewer a chance to see what went in to making the film, but it gives the visual FX guys a chance to say, “Look what I did!” =)

So, here’s to the “behind the scenes” reel:

This footage was used with permission.

Time Lapse Photography (experiment #3)

I needed to show the progression of time for part of a larger project I’m working on, so I decided I’d try my hand at time lapse photography. Basically, I set the camera on a tripod and told it to take a picture every minute for eight hours. Then I rendered the pictures together as a video and voila!

Animation 101

I call this my “accidental short” because I did not intend to make an animated short when I began the project; I was simply practicing animation walk cycles. Ken Harris said, “A walk is the first thing to learn. Learn walks of all kinds, ’cause walks are about the toughest thing to do right.” After I created roughly 4 walk cycles, it occurred to me that with only a little extra effort I could make a short out of these exercises.

This animation was created using Maya Personal Learning Edition. It’s a free license, but it adds a watermark to everything.