Apple Motion 5: The Eye of Sauron
It's not going to win an Academy Awards for visual effects, or so says longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell, but no matter how many of Simon's jaw-dropping extensions of what you thought was possible in Apple Motion you've already experienced, we still don't think you're ready for this: a fun series of tutorials that looks a creating the popular Eye of Sauron effect from Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings saga using only the tools inside Apple Motion!
Adobe Creative Cloud
Turn Yourself Into a Cartoon Character for Your Next Video Call
Virtual backgrounds from your favorite movies and Snapchat filters for Zoom and other web video conferencing platforms are played out, so now what? Have we got the answer for you! Adobe engineer Dan Ramirez takes you step by step through using Adobe Character Animator to turn yourself into a fully lip-synced real time animated cartoon character! You can either build characters yourself or start customizing from Adobe's libraries. It's fast, easy, and fun, with platform-specific instructions for both Mac and Windows.
Adobe Creative Cloud
Adobe Premiere Pro
Adobe Productions: New Collaboration and Productivity for Premiere Pro
When it was first announced at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2020, the new Productions toolset for Adobe Premiere Pro looked like a dream come true for filmmakers and other visual storytellers who have been looking for next-generation collaboration, including cloud-enabled and remote-friendly workflows. Now that Productions is available starting April 14, Productions is revealed to be every bit as valuable for individual creators who want better organizational tools, greater security, and the ability to share assets including media files across projects with cross-project referencing.
TV & Movie Appreciation
Bringing Homeland Home: Color Grading Season 8
Keith Shaw of Keep Me Posted (a FotoKem company) has been the colorist for Showtime's Emmy-winning drama Homeland since its pilot episode in 2011. The show's eighth and final season brings the most extreme looks yet to a show shot in locations around the world, and where a scene that takes days to shoot unfolds in only minutes on screen. The challenge to create unified, consistent looks has never been steeper, but a rock-solid workflow from a global team is bringing the popular series home to a strong finish.
Apple Motion for Motion Graphics: Chasing Dots
Thanks to longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell, you've already seen far more than you imagined from Apple Motion for titling, animation, and visual effects. Now get ready for...motion graphics? That's right, motion graphics in Apple Motion! In this clever tutorial ready made for your epidemiological explainer videos, Simon once again leads a master class in the depths of Motion's toolsets, including gradients, paths, cameras, and more.
How To Put Yourself In Any Movie, Part 2: Greenscreen
Not every VFX problem can be solved with a plug-in alone! Visual effects start with the visuals! In part two of his series on inserting yourself into any movie, filmmaker and effects artist Cody Pyper covers how to set up lighting to match shots from Hollywood movies, and how to set your camera to the best settings for shooting green screen.
Sundance Ignite Fellowship For Emerging Directors: 2020 Could Be Your Year After All
Nobody knows how the rest of 2020 and beyond will shape filmmaking and film festivals, but there’s no need for young filmmakers to put their careers on hold. The Sundance Institute and Adobe are looking for 10 documentary or narrative directors between the ages of 18 and 25 who’ve completed a short between one and 15 minutes long any time since August 2018 to receive Sundance Ignite fellowships as part of a year-long program that includes mentorship, artist grants, internships and program opportunities, an annual membership to Adobe Creative Cloud, and a trip to the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.
The Invisible Man Cinematography, with Stefan Duscio, ACS: Go Creative Show
Cinematographer Stefan Duscio, ACS and Go Creative Show host Ben Consoli discuss the technical issues behind filming an invisible character in Leigh Whannell's The Invisible Man, using a robotic camera for VFX shots and the value of unmotivated camera movement. They also discuss why Stefan still uses a light meter, filming with the Alexa Mini LF and how he prepared for an IMAX release.
Art of the Edit
Why Does An Edit Feel Right? (According to Science)
In this episode from the series The Science of Editing, Sven Pape of "This Guy Edits" and Dr. Karen Pearlman, author of "Cutting Rhythms: Intuitive Film Editing" discuss three cognitive concepts that go beyond continuity, including rhythm, subtext, and kinesthetic imagination. Packed with examples from Ridley Scott's Blade Runner, Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious, and many others, the Science of Editing will help even the most seasoned editors -- and viewers -- unlock new dimensions in the cinematic experience.
How To Put Yourself In Any Movie with Photoshop: Part 1
Filmmaker and artist Cody Pyper shows how to insert yourself or someone else into any movie using Adobe Photoshop. To finish the effect, you'll want to add some compositing, lighting, and perhaps some additional VFX finesse in Premiere Pro or After Effects, but here in Part 1 of his three-part series, Cody lays out how to conceive of the shot you want, how to set it up, and how to get started by building a clean background plate in Photoshop.
Apple Motion 5: Industrial Warehouse Title
Join longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell for a title animation that's both epic and fun. "I couldn't think of a good name for this project," says Simon, "but it's a really dramatic look with plenty of interesting techniques to discover. We're in a warehouse, there's a neon sign hanging in mid air, it's reflected in puddles of water on the floor, and there are sparks. What more fun could you want?"
Adobe After Effects
Adobe After Effects Glitter Text - No Plug-ins Required!
Learn how to create a GLITTER TEXT EFFECT in Adobe After Effects without ANY plugins! VFX guru and filmmaker, Surfaced Studio's Tobias G, introduces you to CC Particle World, a powerful particle generator included in After Effects! You can use it to create all sorts of cool particle effects including explosions, smoke, fairy glitter, stars and much more. Along the way, Tobias brings the remarkable breadth of in-depth tips and tricks that will help you raise the level of your own AE expertise for every kind of creative task.
Blackmagic Design Fusion
Building A Simple, Powerful Keyer in Blackmagic Design Fusion
Discover the basics of creating a powerful Color Difference Keyer in Blackmagic Design Fusion using some very simple tools. Longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell shows how, once you understand the basic principles, there are countless ways to apply them to a wide variety of shots you’re working on. It’s also just plain interesting to understand what’s going on when you key.
Business & Career Building
Go Creative Show: Build Your Filmmaking Career With YouTube
Discover how to advance your filmmaking and photography career on YouTube and Instagram in our interview with YouTuber and podcaster Tyler Stalman. Tyler and Go Creative Show host, Ben Consoli, discuss what it takes to stand out on YouTube, Tyler’s experience going from a stock photographer to freelance cinematographer, why it’s helpful to have a wide skillset of services, and much more!