I recently did some freelancing in NYC and I worked on some ads for a few Broadway plays. These are technically unfinished I guess, since they weren’t finalized by the clients before I left, but they got to the point where I wanted to include them on my site.
First is La Cage with Kelsey Grammer. The key for this came out really good, I just wish the subjects were chicks instead of dudes.
After Effects is king of 2D animation and compositing. It’s been around since the early to mid 1990s when I was working on coloring books instead of color corrections. I first used it probably around version 5.5 and I barely new what I was doing. But as my knowledge of general computer and video principles increased, I became quite adept at it. I’m probably in the top million After Effects users on the planet, elite company.
But then there’s Motion, Apple’s relatively new, competing program. Motion 3 came out a couple years ago and added some advanced features that closed the gap some. I used Motion everyday at my last job, so I got to learn it rather thoroughly and decided to write a little compare and contrast based on my experience. Here we go:
I felt my home page was in need of a bit of a makeover, so I created a new welcome video. I consulted my Xbox for inspiration and decided to create a Guitar Hero style video for my site. After doing tons of interactive research while observing the details and nuances of the game, I did my best to recreate the look and feel of the game with Cinema 4D, Photoshop, Motion, and After Effects. If you’ve never seen or played Guitar Hero (or even more awesomer, Rockband) then I suggest you head down to somewhere like Best Buy and take the floor sample for a spin.
I’m pleased with the way this came out. It’s good to know that all of my research and hard work payed off.
I’m planning on doing more welcome videos to the site every so often. I’ll either have them play randomly if I can figure out how or I will have a way to cycle between them.