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Friday
Sep052014

The Traveler

Finished May 6th, 2014

This was a fun little project that needed to have the cold drab feel of a monotonous purposeless vocation. The final shot racing to freedom contrasted that with warmer tones. I really enjoyed this one. 

The Traveler - Part 1 - Rain International from Justin Taylor on Vimeo.

 

Tuesday
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!

 

Tuesday
Apr292014

EnVE M-Series

Kevin Winzeler contacted me back in Jaunary to begin testing some images in preparation for a project he had coming up.
This was it.

ENVE M-SERIES from ENVE Composites on Vimeo.

It's a mix of Canon 1DC, 5D, GoPro, and Sony FS700 footage. The 1DC gets some beautiful results so that was the witness camera all the others needed pushed to match. Sony S-log is crazy flat and the captured spectrum isn't as wide so getting them to match required injecting color back in where the 1DC showed more vibrant color.

In the stills below there's also a shot of a red rim that needed to be green to match the location one. It began with a rack focus too so it took some careful blurring and keyframed selections to make it work. Anyway, have a look.

Tuesday
Apr292014

If You're Gonna Wear the Uniform

 If You're Gonna Wear the Uniform from Dusty Hulet on Vimeo.

 

Here are a few before and after stills you can click through to see the results. 

 The main shot in this short film is an extended take of the sun rising over Mt. Everest. The quality, color, and intensity of light is in a slow, continous change throughout. So I used a pile of windows and keyframes to control the ways that light and color spread throughout the shot. This video breakdown helps to explain how I got it there.

Tuesday
Apr292014

White Backgrounds

This was for Property Solutions

I've had a few projects like this now. A white background can create some lighting issues that resolve is really good at eliminating. With only global tools I'm not sure you'd ever get things this clean. There are several selections eliminating the yellow darker areas in the background. There are also selections on their hair and clothes to pull out some yellow bounce. The really difficult part was keeping their skin tones while eliminating the yellow everywhere else. The sensor was squashing the whole spectrum into one. As a final touch I applied some lift and blur to her face to brighten up some dark shadows under her eyes. If you click back and forth through these you'll get a better idea what I'm talking about.