Friday, 25 July 2014

'Visiting'. A Work in Progress

This short film project has been in development for a while now, and the creator has just put up a website to properly document it. The subject is a small alien astronaut and his adventures on Earth, that's all we know at this stage.

As you can see, the shot design is fairly high end, it's all the work of Louis Dumont, a young London designer who works primarily in Lightwave for his 3D animation, and who has been exploring the avenues of film production with SLR cameras and custom built rigs.

Camera Rig Test from Louis du Mont on Vimeo.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Blackmagic cuts Pocket Camera Price in Half

News just in from RedShark, for a limited time you can buy the tiny Blackmagic Pocket Camera for half price. The offer ends on the 31st August, 2014.

Sunday, 15 June 2014

New Tutorial - Make Neon Text

I know I've been neglecting the blog for a bit, other projects have been occupying my time, however I did make this little screen capture tutorial to demonstrate a fairly easy method for creating neon style text.

I've been playing around with creating sub-D text, or techniques to do it easily,so I might do a future tutorial about that as well.

Friday, 11 April 2014

MyPaint for Nokia N900 Demo

This talented artist shows how even the teeniest of pen and tablet combos can be used to produce wonderful sketches and concept art.

He has also made his custom brush set available for download, it's under the video on YouTube.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Coming Soon! Sticky Paint for After Effects.

I don't know what kind of voodoo is at work here but Sticky Paint sure seems like magic to my eyes.

Coming soon to

Friday, 14 March 2014

Andrew Price interviews Beorn Leonard

If you want to spend two plus hours listening to two Australians talking about animation, this is the one to listen to. Here.

I highly recommend tuning in, it covers a lot of territory and is relevant no matter what animation software you're using.

Monday, 10 March 2014

Some new links for Motion Graphics added.

I've added some recent additions to the "'Useful Places' links on the side of the blog, they are
After Effects related sites dealing with motion graphics, so here's a quick overview of who and what they are.

'Motion Graphics X change' is a great repository of various scripts, presets, expressions and tutorials from its members. You use the search function to finds things and may end up spending  quite a bit of time just trawling around. Once you understand they way the siteworks it's a very interesting place to be.

'Batch Frame' is the work of visual effects/motion graphics artist Jesse Toul, and contains a wealth of tutorials, scripts, projects, templates and footage (for sale). he has developed an online tool called Pseudo Effects Creator, it allows you to create tidy little effects controls for your own effect presets, and he also attempts to teach some remedial code writing for beginners.

'Chris Zwar', also the work of one man is like-wise a collection of tutorials, case studies and downloadable projects. He has a long article on Keying and a lot of interesting and useful discussions about various things in and around After Effects. Check out his 'Pre-compose to layer duration' script.

'Quba HQ' is also a designer based site by Quba Michalski who works at Auto fuss in the States. It has a more magazine style aesthetic and encourages browsing and trawling. lots of stuff to discover, tutorials and presets. Go at it.

'Motionworks' is the work of John Dickinson and is sort of like Sydney's version of Greyscalegorilla. There's so much on this site that I'm dis-inclined to attempt writing about it all, I intend visiting it often since I learnt stuff there on my first visit.

'AE Enhancers' is a community based forum for expression and script writers. They often improve upon scripts amongst themselves and so it's a great place to go to see if there are any better versions of your favorites in existence.

A visit to any of these sites is likely to lead to the discovery of other web resources as well, and it's always a good thing to learn new things from professionals about After Effects.