Three decades ago, Rodney Mullen almost singlehandedly invented many of the tricks on which modern skateboarding is based. He quickly became a skating legend, but stepped away from the spotlight after his last major release of footage, 12 years ago. But he’s back now.
The way directors and audiences have regarded lens flares in visuals has changed a lot of the years. From all kinds of lens coatings and flagging to eliminate every bit of it, to modern science fiction films that go out of their way to include it, lens flares are an interesting subject matter. In this video from Vox’s Phil Edwards, we can take a look back to how this all started, and where the turning point occurred.
Ok this video has already been removed twice from YouTube, so clearly Disney is not quite ready for you to see this, but luckily we have a mirror on Vimeo that is currently working. For that, we are very grateful. In this video you can see some of the most memorable scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens before and after VFX was applied to the scenes. Though JJ Abrams was very adamant about using practical effects where possible, there is still quite a lot going on in post production here.
The filmmaking team at Red Giant have been creating great short films for the last few years, all of which have sort of served as a proving ground for the software, plug-ins, and visual effects tools that they sell. Their latest film falls right in line, and the behind the scenes content shows just how much planning during the shoot, and work in post had to be done.
In 1977, quality video effects were expensive and time consuming to have, and more often than not a film relied upon in-camera effects and visual trickery to create their movie magic. One of cinema’s most well known space weapons utilized such a trick when it first debuted on film, and Shanks FX recreated this process in a really fun behind-the-scenes tutorial.
Transitions are everything in storytelling. Moving from one shot to the next can completely affect the way a scene flows, how a joke is received, and the timing of an edit add an incredible amount of impact. A major player in this segue from one image to another are transitions, the most common of which is a “dissolve.” This video explores and breaks down some notable, historical examples of this transition, and beautifully articulates the value in using them.
Last week, Red Giant announced the release of the Trapcode Suite 13, which is an upgrade to their popular After Effects plugins that create motion graphics and visual effects. In addition to major updates to Trapcode Particular, Shine and Mir, this particular release introduces Trapcode Tao, a brand new plugin for generating 3D geometries along a path, and also includes new features in Trapcode Form, Sound Keys and Starglow.