I am a confused teenager that uses movies as a way of understanding the deeply troubled world around me. Is it the most effective way of doing this? No. Would I change that? Also no. My favorite movie is Hot Fuzz (for now), my favorite band is Ben Folds Five, I have an unhealthy amount of Funko Pops!, and I love Nintendo. I was an extra in a Disney Channel show, so I would consider my life a success. My little cousin is my favorite thing, and 2011’s The Lorax is my least favorite thing. I hope I can make a career in film but in the meantime, I’ll shove every movie I can get into my eyeholes.
To achieve this funky little clip you see before you, I used After Effects 2020. I recorded footage of me being a sexy guy, and then I used a helpful little YouTube video and plug-in to do the rest. I had to use a mask and drag the endpoints of the saber to match with my pirate cutlass in the video. The camera was more interested in the background than yours truly, so sometimes while the sword was in motion, it became nearly indistinguishable from the background. Tough stuff. But after some trial and error and a massive amount of pure skill, I had done it. It looks a little wacky at the end, but for the most part, this right here looks good as all get out.
Unfortunately, due to the franchises newly acquired controversial nature, I was taken captive by two men in StormTrooper garb and taken to a nasty underpass north of Salt Lake City. There I was forced to take sides between two West Side Story esqe gangs, one side wearing The Last Jedi shirts, and the other wearing shirts with director Rian Johnson’s decapitated head on a platter with the caption “Subvert this, you bastard!” I thought the shirt was not in very good taste, due to the decapitation and obscure curse word, so I did take the side of the Last Jedi lovers. Bummer was, I ended up falling in love with a woman from the Rian Johnson hater side, which was a real inconvenience. We met at the nerdiest dance ever, and she gave me a lightsaber locket with a picture of Jar-Jar Binks in the center. I then did a lot of snapping and singing in alleys and the occasional knife fight, and wouldn’t you know it, my star-crossed lover and I ended up killing each other for love and we brought the two groups together over our tragedy. They then agreed to join together and start hating whatever they’re doing with Star Trek over on CBS All Access. I then woke up at home with sweat on my brow. It was all a dream! I reached for my phone on my dresser, but my hands grasped something else: the locket.
So overall, this was a very helpful project in my understanding of After Effects. It was difficult at times, but it was mostly tedious.
For my animated logo, I separated the various elements of the original image and did some basic animation. I then recreated 4 iconic movie props (the cricket bat from Shaun of the Dead. the device from Her, the teacup from Get Out, and the Luxo Ball from Luxo Jr. and Pixar in general) using illustrator. After some more basic animation, the logo was completed.
A few good boys and I improved the Emoji Movie Trailer. We shot it around Davis, and edited it using Adobe Premiere Pro. I got some sexy royalty free music and edited it to the footage. Yum Yum Yum Yum
The day that this assignment was assigned to me was the same historic day as the release of the Sonic the Hedgehog movie trailer. I put them together and what do you get? Bippity boppity abomination! In the past, I have printed out beautiful images with my friends and given them to random people in the mall. That good good day laid the groundwork for this idea.
I wrote a script, recorded my own lines, then asked people to record the rest. They happily obliged. I then uploaded all of my files to Audition and started editing! The ad was supposed to be exactly 30 seconds, so I cut out as much as I could. Unfortunately, that still wasn’t enough. I couldn’t take out anything else without making the ad incomprehensible, so I’m just gonna lose some points on that one.
‘Member that walk cycle that I did? Well, now it is improved exponentially thanks to motion tweens! Yes, this blog post is sponsored by Motion Tweens: Even Your Wildest Tweens Can Come True!®
With Motion Tweens, I can be a lazy boy and still get these wacky characters across the screen. Just convert your original creations to symbols and select ‘create new motion tween’ and let the fun begin!
To create this good Train Boy, I used this good train pic:
I erased all but the front half of the train, created a white rectangle, clipped a copy of the train pic to the white rectangle, made the copy all sepia toned, erased some of the first train pic in order to get that Wizard of Oz type color change, copied the rectangle, made the copy all wonky like a Polaroid picture, then painted the borders with a soft black brush. After a butt ton of adjustment layers for gradients and color stuff, I was done!