Monthly Archives: December 2011

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Helicopter tutorial – reminder to create helly for final submission


Animation Sequence

Color Grading/edited footage

I have chosen adobe premiere to edit the footage and aftereffects to colour grade my footage as it was recommend by the tutor. Also for colour grading aftereffects was suggested better and also the tutorials i found on youtube will come in handy and will let me achieve different style of film lighting.

Step 1

As I couldnt sort out my texturing in 3ds Max after greebling my spaceship i decided that an example in Photoshop would be the next best and the lighting effect i used was lighting effects in the Photoshop filters. What i would of liked to do is add a pale green glow effect in places to give a futristic look and also adding small lights to show the levels in which the spaceship has. I also would of liked to adjust the greeble a little more so that it would work with the texture.

My next step is to add my final spaceship to a short clip to test colour grading, style of grading following the links i found. This is so when it comes to the final I know what works.#

Editing Practice

My Smoke/ Fire



3D Spaceship

Greeble test

The problems Ive had with 3DS Max are when trying to cut around the seperate shapes the lines dont appear, When creating the overall look of the spaceship and using extrude it some times messes up shapes else where because it was selected. For some reason in the trianglar bit when extruding it to make it taller the edges got miss shapen. When trying to use greeble it sometimes wouldnt select the bit i wanted. I also had problems getting the greeble plugin to work as it wasnt showing in the modifer tab. I solved this by going to the plugin manager and added it in. Which solved the problem.

I chose to use greeble because it made interesting shapes that could possibly be engine parts, it also gave texture and slight depth.


Smoke and Fire references

From looking at these smoke and fire effects i will keep it in my mind when creating my own version so that it looks surreal and make sure its going in right direction when keyframed. Ive also got to make sure its lighted and got the right colour so that it fits into the footage.

Reference to fire and smoke in live scene

Looking at this gives a sense of how a 3d fire/smoke is composited into aftereffects.

Follow this tutorial could be useful as it teaches you about a preset and also how to use the curves in aftereffects to alter the light in footage. This will be useful when adding special effects such as the fire and smoke.

Changing colour of specific bits in the footage with the rotobrush tool

Matrix Style colour grading – learning tinting

Film look tutorial

Colour Grading with Photoshop / footage breakdown

The techniques I have used to composite the space ship into the were colour match,sponge tool to take away some of the colour from the spaceship, burn to get rid of some of the brightness from the spaceship and lighting effects to give a simple illustration of where the light was coming from. I also used desaturate to darken the image and blend the tone of colour into one.