Archived entries: Video Bits
It’s a new month (well, almost the end of it) and a new Bowerbirds song time. This time I have used some of the techniques quite familiar to the followers of my tutorial series. The overarching principle remains the same – a video loop revealed by mixing Cyan, Magenta and Yellow inks. It’s quite a jump from the April one and we’re already brewing some ideas for June :)
It’s no secret I am a big fan of infographics, graphs and other behind-the-scenes visuals related to vfx. You might have seen my own captures of various projects, crazy layer stacks or full blown composition graphs on MotionGraphs.
One of the ongoing projects I am working on at Autofuss is a “One Year of Little” campaign for Olivari. Throughout 2013, the brand publishes small, cute, often quirky pieces of media through their social channels.
I have creative directed a number if programs for them (more on that soon) – the latest of which is a series of small music vignettes for the band Bowerbirds.
It’s been a long while since I updated this site. Way too long. I will try to rectify this by uploading some of the videos I have been working on at Autofuss. There’s a lot of super secret stuff going on that I can’t share with you, but some is free to publish.
Nexus Q: Sweet, Smart is a little something something I cooked up a while ago for the launch of Google’s new media player. The product has been shelved, the video never produced, but I still have this kickass test.
OK, so the entire Creative Free Agent initiative did not have a chance to last for long. Before I knew it, I was on the plane to the US, ready to begin a new, exciting chapter in my life. It is my pleasure to announce that as of now I am the new Creative Director at Autofuss – a studio I have been a huge fan of for many years.
What does that mean?
First of all, we have decided to shut down imago studios as a commercial endeavor. We had a good run for nearly a decade, but it is time to move on. Cigdem is focussing on her art while I have my hands full with all the exciting projects here, at Autofuss.
Second – no more freelance gigs from me. That goes without saying. Expect tons of new, exciting content coming out in the weeks, months and years to follow. I now have a great team of animators, artists, cameramen, designers and engineers working with me, not to mention all the awesome IRIS motion control robots of our sister company Bot&Dolly.
As for the AE tutorials – I’m sure that after a bit of a hiatus I will be able to come back to recording some new content for QubaHQ Tuts. It may take a while as a permanent move across the pond is not something you do everyday. Before flying here I have sold my rig to a very talented 3D artist, so it is in good hands. Sometime soon I will probably be building a new PC here and getting back on track with the site.
Similarly to my 2005 piece entitled Demographix, AE64 is a tribute to the demoscene and to the legacy of world’s most popular microcomputer: Commodore 64.
While this video was created using the typical contemporary arsenal of tools (mainly After Effects and Cinema 4D), it conforms to most of the basic graphical limitations of the C64 such as a limited 16-color palette, low resolution, use of the overscan area etc. To maintain the spirit of the demo, I also created most of the effects using various scripts and code snippets, procedurally automating many of the tasks typically animated using keyframes.
Not too long ago, these were referred to as simply “cool animated gifs”. These days they go by much more artsy name of Cinemagraphs.
In the picture: ZX Spectrum microcomputer, an Italian analogue sound mixer and a National TV set. Only TV still works. Image brought to life in After Effects.
PS. Yea, I just realized these are called Cinemagraphs, not Cinegraphs. Corrected the spelling throughout the post.