2012 Rough EFX - The Garden
I'm also film instructor at the Colorado Film School. This is a short look at the rough VFX I roughed in for my students who shot their first picture in 16mm "The Garden"
It may not look like much, but, lets start with- moving cameras on green screen without tracking marks, uh, matte shots where subject walks directly into the wrong place, uh, weaving, grainy uprezzed 16mm, frizzy curly haired subject and a few more choice issues to attempt to get mattes and rotoscope and other typical student mistakes. It looked impossible, so I took it onI to put CS6, FCPX and the I7 MacbookPro Thunderbolt Quad to a Lacie Thunderbolt 2big through the drills.
These were achieved using many combinations of rotomattes, multiple track mattes, alpha exports and masking, masks, and many layers and parts. Mocha AE was used for some tracking, planar tracking for object replacement and stabilization, but if you're just starting with Mocha AE, trust me there's issues and limitations. From Mocha , I never could get a bezier mask to import correctly into AE and stabilization is sort of hit or miss for some unknown reason. Those bundled things like famous Chile recipe leaving out the key ingredient. Ah, the built in "almost works" deal we all find to so we must pay for the pro version. In some cases, I just gave up on Mocha and used warp stabilize in Adobe which works okay if you don't have people moving. At least if they get the money to do a hi-def telecine and real 3d apple tree elements, at least the foundation is built, but I gotta say, dang that was a ___.
The little fireball was done based on a tutorial provided by genius of Andrew Kramer of Video Copilot
For the Adobe gang, CS6 AE held up most of the time, however, PPO suffered incessant kernel crashes with 6.01 and MPE OpenCL hardware acceleration. Never could find a solution other than to turn off the hardware saving frenzy. I gotta say, did a rough in FCPX, and it smokes. Real hesitant to take on anything with a deadline on PPO until they can fix the crashing issue.
Putting it here so I can send out to my kids. [less