Effects and stunts http://personal-view.com/talks/categories/effects-stunts/feed.rss Sat, 22 Jul 17 02:52:23 -0600 Effects and stunts en-CA How did Hitchcock get those eyes? http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/17240/how-did-hitchcock-get-those-eyes Sun, 25 Jun 2017 16:09:46 -0600 Psyco 17240@/talks/discussions After watching the video "Eyes of Hitchcock"
I'm wondering, how did he get those sharp brightly lit eyes, while the rest of the face is smooth and no strong light is visible?

Have a look at the video, its not in every shot, but there are enough examples of what I mean - most of them are b/w.

  • Was this created on set/in camera?
  • How did he light the faces?
  • Any post production tricks?
  • How to do it today?
  • How to do it today without tracking every eye and using power windows?

(I wish I could smile like Norman Bates....that would help beeing a teacher ;-)

What do you need to make these effects in music videos? http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/13701/what-do-you-need-to-make-these-effects-in-music-videos Sat, 12 Sep 2015 21:12:37 -0600 dlzn 13701@/talks/discussions Who knows what type of software and techniques are used to make this? Also do you need some type of hardware like digital drawing boards?

What do you use or recommend?

Thanks in advance.



Effects question: removing a background http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/16726/effects-question-removing-a-background Tue, 11 Apr 2017 11:07:10 -0600 Brian_Siano 16726@/talks/discussions Let's say I have a shot with an actor in a room. The camera doesn't move, so the background is completely static, and doesn't change from frame to frame beyond the usual grain. I'm figuring that, if I had a frame of just the background, I ought to be able to use it to filter out the background and isolate just the actor, as though it were a greenscreen.

I'm having some trouble doing this in Premiere Pro. Any suggestions?

Who Framed Roger Rabbit - The 3 Rules of Living Animation http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/16510/who-framed-roger-rabbit-the-3-rules-of-living-animation Sat, 25 Feb 2017 18:03:09 -0700 MikeLinn 16510@/talks/discussions

Using a 4K TV as a Cinematic Background http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/16504/using-a-4k-tv-as-a-cinematic-background Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:37:41 -0700 andyharris 16504@/talks/discussions I was curious to see if the old ways of back projection could be updated with the use of a 4K TV. We thought that the brightness and refresh rates of modern screens could work well with a 24FPS camera.

Here's the results:

Behind the Magic: Creating Jedha and Scarif for Rogue One http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/16462/behind-the-magic-creating-jedha-and-scarif-for-rogue-one Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:50:17 -0700 MikeLinn 16462@/talks/discussions

Independence Day: resurgencee VFX Shots Breakdown http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/16305/independence-day-resurgencee-vfx-shots-breakdown Mon, 09 Jan 2017 00:18:58 -0700 MikeLinn 16305@/talks/discussions

Low cost VFX tool chain with examples http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/16139/low-cost-vfx-tool-chain-with-examples Mon, 05 Dec 2016 02:26:40 -0700 andyharris 16139@/talks/discussions Good morning PV!

Here's a PV report on how to create 3D composites at 4K quality using a tool chain consisting of 'free to use' or low cost tools:

Optimizing your greenscreen shots when shooting with the gh2 http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/1737/optimizing-your-greenscreen-shots-when-shooting-with-the-gh2 Wed, 14 Dec 2011 16:00:13 -0700 vempire 1737@/talks/discussions Since I have the gh2, I use it side by side with a red one when doing greenscreen shootings for TV Vfx.
As the gh2 isn´t capable of recording raw and doesn´t have the same lattitude as the red, I figured out the following techniques
to take the gh2 greenscreen shots to a level where you can really intercut them with the red material on broadcast programs.
Which I regularily did and do, and nobody ever realized, that that material wasn´t all shot with the red.
Try this with the 5d MK2 and you´d be completly lost.

Lets assume you build a little greenscreen set, maybe 5x3 metres, shooting somebody standing in front and on green cloth.
As money is short you buy no pro greenscreen cloth but just green cloth from ebay or so. Thats fine.

Try to get the cloth as wrinklefree as possible, some wrinkles won´t be a big problem.

If you have very dark (Black) shadows on the foor or elsewhere in the greenscreen try to brighten them up with bounced light - styrofoam will do.
It´s not necessary to get a perfectly even lit screen, just avoid deep black shadows and blown out white spots.

If you can control the brightness of the screen by adding light with lamps or bouncecards, or subtracting light with black cloth here´s how you can find the perfect sweet spot for the brightness, the greenscreen should have:
You need a greycard which has a square of 90% white in it and a Kodak Wratten No. 99 Filter. Both together shouldn´t be over 100$ but it really makes the difference.
Light your actor in front of the screen and the screen itself.
Set the exposure on your camera.
Hold the 90 % white card in front of the greenscreen, so it catches the light the actor would usually catch.
Look thru the No.99 (green) filter. If the the 90% white looks darker green than your greenscreen you have to brighten the greenscreen,
if it looks brighter try to darken the greenscreen. Your setup is perfect when the 90% white seen thru the green filter looks more or less like your greenscreen. If you´ve done that a few times you get a feeling for it.
This technique really helps getting an easy good key with gh2 material.

If you have a lot of action creating lots of motionblur in your image, you´ll get problems. The blur against green gets quite ugly and tends to produce
black edges. If you can afford Reelsmart Motionblur (an After Effects Plugin), you should double your shutter speed during shooting (1/100 for 25 frames or 1/120 for 30 frames). You´ll get cleaner and sharper motion. Use Reelsmart Motionblur to generate Motionblur on your greenscreen footage right after the keyer before merging with the background. Select "Images are premultiplied" if you encounter fringes.

I found the following GH2 settings best for me:
Smooth, contrast -1, sharpness -1, color saturation -1, noise reduction -1

Always prefer greenscreen to bluescreen, cause the green channel is much cleaner.

If you are short on light, and you have too much noise in your shot, even if you don´t see it a first glance (zoom in and you´ll find it),
denoise your shots with neatvideo before keying. It´s the best denoiser by far. In my opinion it gives you the opportunity to push one stop further than you would normally do. Push the iso up to the extend, that you would normally say "Okay thats one step too much, now I see more noise that I can accept" . Using neatvideo gets you back to the quality of one Iso down most of the time.

Use 5DtoRGB to transfer your clips before compositing. It helps you get a "smoother gamma", saving more color information in dark parts of your greenscreen.

Although all this works with a unhacked gh2 (I did a broadcast job with it before the hack), using the higher bitrate of the hack greatly enhances your results. I use the 66mb setting.

Last tip, if you have serveral keyers or keying plugins, always test them all quickly without heavy tweaking on your shot.
In most cases one keyer will work obviously better than the others, and thats really not always keylight. Choose the one that performed best, and refine.

Hope that helps you to tackle greenscreen shots easier in the future.
It´s clear that you can´t follow all that tips in most cases, just try to use as many of them as possible.

Holger Neuhaeuser

HitFilm Pro, Ultimate and Express http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/7068/hitfilm-pro-ultimate-and-express Sat, 25 May 2013 14:23:35 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 7068@/talks/discussions

The dream of integrated non-linear editing, visual effects and compositing is a reality with HitFilm 2. Jump between your editor sequence and visual effect shots with a single click.

Short review:

  • NLE video editing
  • Particle simulator
  • Atomic particles
  • Shatter
  • Lights & flares
  • TV & film damage, Grain and dirt
  • Procedural simulation of light and fire
  • A compositor's toolkit including animation
  • Color correction & grading
  • Keying & extraction
  • The complete 2D & 3D tracking package
  • 3D compositing

Programs site - http://hitfilm.com/

Runs on - PC, coming up to Mac this year

Price from - $149

The Visual Effects of Star Wars: The Force Awakens http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/15675/the-visual-effects-of-star-wars-the-force-awakens Wed, 07 Sep 2016 10:48:06 -0600 MikeLinn 15675@/talks/discussions

Evolution of stop-motion http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/15634/evolution-of-stop-motion Wed, 31 Aug 2016 14:18:35 -0600 MikeLinn 15634@/talks/discussions

Work In Progress http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/15603/work-in-progress Mon, 29 Aug 2016 13:00:55 -0600 andyharris 15603@/talks/discussions Work in Progress

I've made myself a goal of creating a short worthy of presentation at a film festival. Basically because creatively it is the next step up from corporate videos. It's actually very hard to do, I've put more than 1000 hours in an have virtually nothing to show for it. However this long weekend has allowed me to get a whole pile of tests done and even have the 3D printer running for a few hours.

I've built this 'studio' in a spare room and I'm going about dealing with the challenges of video is a small space. Audio has been a bit of a challenge, I've been adding tiles to the ceiling in blocks of £90, and that doesn't get you many tiles!. Ikea has been my friend in terms of cheap deep pile rugs.

I've purchased Fusion Studio so that I can get access to the proper version of Primatte (Keying). I'm just getting my head around keep-out mattes which you can see connected to the garbage matte below (two Primattes, one to key the other to build the keep-out).

Here's a few seconds of bringing a pile of stuff together, It's a Fusion composition where the background is created in Cheetah3D. The interfaces are procedurally generated:

Stop-motion animation goes high tech at Laika http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/15538/stop-motion-animation-goes-high-tech-at-laika Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:53:03 -0600 MikeLinn 15538@/talks/discussions

Blue Screen 1980 http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/15473/blue-screen-1980 Thu, 04 Aug 2016 17:15:13 -0600 MikeLinn 15473@/talks/discussions

Anatomy of A Scene: The Battle of Winterfell http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/15254/anatomy-of-a-scene-the-battle-of-winterfell- Mon, 20 Jun 2016 20:14:01 -0600 MikeLinn 15254@/talks/discussions

Virtual real car http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/15276/virtual-real-car Fri, 24 Jun 2016 12:33:54 -0600 MikeLinn 15276@/talks/discussions

New Green screen technique research http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/15133/new-green-screen-technique-research Thu, 26 May 2016 16:50:53 -0600 Ralph_B 15133@/talks/discussions Here's a research paper on a new and superior greenscreen process.


Can't wait for this to become available commercially.

Drone Star Wars http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/15126/drone-star-wars- Thu, 26 May 2016 10:15:43 -0600 MikeLinn 15126@/talks/discussions

BlackMagic Fusion 8 available and is free, good VFX option http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/11739/blackmagic-fusion-8-available-and-is-free-good-vfx-option Mon, 10 Nov 2014 04:46:43 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 11739@/talks/discussions Software that they got from Eyeon.

Fusion is the world’s most advanced compositing software for visual effects artists, broadcast and motion graphic designers and 3D animators. With over 25 years of development, Fusion has been used on over 1000 major Hollywood blockbuster feature films! Fusion features an easy and powerful node based interface so you can construct complex effects simply by connecting various types of processing together. That’s super easy and extremely fast! You get a massive range of features and effects included, so you can create exciting broadcast graphics, television commercials, dramatic title sequences and even major feature film visual effects!

Thousands of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters and hit television shows use Fusion to create their groundbreaking visual effects. Fusion has been used on feature films like Thor, The Amazing Spiderman 2, and The Hunger Games, as well as hit television shows like Orphan Black, Breaking Bad, Grimm, Adventure Time, Downton Abbey and the Emmy award winning Battlestar Galactica


Deadpool Visual Effects Breakdown http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/14871/deadpool-visual-effects-breakdown- Fri, 25 Mar 2016 19:56:40 -0600 MikeLinn 14871@/talks/discussions

Last day of war http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/14795/last-day-of-war- Mon, 14 Mar 2016 15:16:43 -0600 MikeLinn 14795@/talks/discussions

Ex Machina VFX http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/14425/ex-machina-vfx Wed, 13 Jan 2016 12:16:25 -0700 MikeLinn 14425@/talks/discussions

The CGI and VFX thread! http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/857/the-cgi-and-vfx-thread Mon, 05 Sep 2011 03:35:45 -0600 bwhitz 857@/talks/discussions
Here's a concept I'm putting together for a CG intensive short I'm doing... anyone want to share experiences with this stuff? Anyone used Nuke for composting and VFX?

Any GH2 aerial footage I could "barrow"? ;)

Anyone else have any work they'd like to share?

The evolution of Game of Thrones effects http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/13377/the-evolution-of-game-of-thrones-effects- Mon, 13 Jul 2015 22:39:50 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 13377@/talks/discussions

Game of Thrones Hardhome VFX Breakdown http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/13344/game-of-thrones-hardhome-vfx-breakdown Wed, 08 Jul 2015 10:26:36 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 13344@/talks/discussions

Drone, again http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/13288/drone-again Fri, 26 Jun 2015 20:07:55 -0600 MikeLinn 13288@/talks/discussions

Euphoria Module http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/12886/euphoria-module Tue, 28 Apr 2015 06:59:15 -0600 MikeLinn 12886@/talks/discussions

NUKE Non-commercial http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/12825/nuke-non-commercial- Sat, 18 Apr 2015 18:40:45 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 12825@/talks/discussions


What brand chroma green screen do you use? http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/5882/what-brand-chroma-green-screen-do-you-use Wed, 23 Jan 2013 17:39:01 -0700 f1lm3r 5882@/talks/discussions Just a curious question. There seems to be quite a handful to choose from. I'm looking to do a green screen shoot in the near future for a short film and was looking at picking one up. I know one of the big things to look for is non-reflective and wrinkle-resistant. Westcott seems to be popular brand. But could I just get any old green screen and it'll work?