Posted tagged ‘after effects’

The Battle

April 22, 2010

This was my final graduation demo from the School of Communication Arts. It began as a storyboard idea of a one on one tank engagement in World War II between a US Sherman tank and a German Panther tank. Through time constraints and fluid ideas, it evolved into what you see here. The Sherman tank was modeled using Alias Maya 4. The texture mapping was referenced from various tech drawings and pictures. The P-51 aircraft were modeled using my own creative interpretation of what a P-51D would look like. I did use the skinning and mapping to reflect actual aircraft paint schemes. Some of the skills I learned on the fly were the movement of the tank tread and the particle smoke and explosions seen in the reel. These were self taught and within the confines of the time limit due to the instructor not knowing how to give me the proper technique. My other pride and joy was the USMC AH-1W Super Cobra helicopter. This was modeled only using photographs and the skinning was my own design take on it. The software used was Alias Maya, Adobe Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere, and SoundForge.

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Sunrise at OBX

March 21, 2010

I love the ocean…I love the beach. There is nothing more beautiful and serene than watching a sunrise or sunset over the ocean.  I went on vacation to the Outer Banks, NC this past summer.  I stayed near the house in Rondanthe, NC that was featured in a movie.  As part of my artistic side venturing out, I decided that I would get up one morning and “film” the sunrise.  Using my Kodak 5 Mp digital camera and my newly acquired camera tripod, I got up at 5 am and trudged out onto the beach.  Being the old sentimental guy that I am, I brought my Sony PSP and Purdue U. throw blanket out there too to play some tunes. 

I set the camera and tripod up facing the most likely direction the sun would pierce the sky and at 0530 hours I started to click one frame, every 5 minutes until way past 0630 hrs.  Interestingly enough, there are still people that go onto the beach at 0600 to walk and jog, even on a cold summer morning.

Back home, I took all of the photos that I had taken from that sequence and sized them down in Photoshop.  This was done in anticipation of a better upload time and rendering time for later. I then took the sequence of pictures into Adobe AfterEffects and also edited and uploaded a clip from the hit single,”Warmth of the Sun” by the Beach Boys.  The only difficulty was getting each picture to appear long enough to give the scene a flowing feel.   Rendering the final video took no time at all and this is the final product of my stop motion animated sunrise over the Outer Banks.