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Apr292014

2015 Ford Mustang Dance Battle

Scott Winn and Derek Pueblo put this one together. On first seeing the material I asked Scott if I could give it a more vintage 70's feel almost like the 2015 Ford Mustang is a time machine bringing travelers from the 80's to the decade before. He liked the idea and so I set to work building some quick rough passes to give him an idea how it would turn out.

The technique I used to build this look involves some stuff I adapted from photohsop for Resolve. There's a lot going on in the node tree. It's pretty complicated lifting and clamping along with replacing the sky in every shot where it shows. As I worked I realized that besides the Super8 film I've played with, inspiration for this also comes from old Norman Rockwell paintings I grew up looking at like these:

 

There's just a certain feel you get from the lighting and color in these peices that I kept feeling echoed in the grade I was building. I've broken up the stills into just the cool car shots and then all the dancer shots. 

 One of the things I really love about this peice is the characters they've created. It's so rewarding to have successfully added to the feel of a project like this using some methods that when I first started developing, didn't seem to have hope of ever working on a real project. Looks like practice finally paid off. 

Here's the finished video!

 

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