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Friday, January 11, 2008


I got back to my silkscreen style video today. I had a lot of difficulties with Tyler, primarily due my resistance to reading help menus, but I hit upon the difference matts when i was working on my Eric Hill video. I did need to use a different approach due to the much higher number of textures in the area I was shooting (I had specifically set Tyler up against a wall but didn't want to give Eric and chance to back down).The result is nice. Unlike the Tyler video, the colours do NOT shift over time but stay static. There are 10 layers. I have some new ideas but as I want to make about 10 of these, I don't want to put all my eggs in one basket. Here is a short clip of Eric. The final videos are silent but I've left the original sound on this clip.


Chrystene said...

This is pretty cool looking. Is it After Effects, or what are you using, and besides using layers, how are you creating the crazy colors? Is it like a 'posterize' effect or are you actually creating different colored layers and using multiple masks?

Gerald Saul said...

I create a composition for each colour, in this case there were 10 different compositions. Each composition contains a copy of the same video clip and a plane of colour underneath it. On the video, I select a colour range under the key effect tool. This allows the colour I've selected beneath it to shine through. I then create a new composition and I bring each of the ten compositions into it, one on top of the other. On the bottom, I put a copy of the same video with no colour effects. Then I use a difference matte on each of the layers (they are each compositions) and set the "difference" as the bottom layer, the straight video. What remains from each layer is the colour, all of the regular video is erased. I'll be escalating the effects over the next few days, but am a bit busy so it's not happened yet. Each video I do for my "modern" project is one minute.