We’ve recently started a new weekly community project where we’ll be posting a video created by one of our wonderful readers, then ask you all to offer constructive feedback on the work. It’s a great way to learn more about video, express your viewpoint, and have your own content critiqued! Submit your own videos at the bottom.
Quick Ground Rules
- Play nice! We’ve deliberately chosen videos that aren’t perfect, so please be constructive with any criticism.
- Feel free to offer any type of advice – movement, lighting, color, pacing, etc.
- You can also link to videos that you feel offer a great example of this type of content done exceptionally well.
Without further ado, here is this week’s candidate for critique!
“Chronicle – Baseball Test”
Story Behind the Project
….so I decided to put my fan-boy action to work and replicate some scenes from the movie.
A few weeks before the movie ‘Chronicle‘ came out earlier this year, I was super-hyped. I couldn’t stop thinking about it. When the movie was coming out later in the week, I came across a period where I had nothing to do for a day so I decided to put my fan-boy action to work and replicate some scenes from the movie.
I do agree with everyone that the first shot featured in this does not look terribly real, mainly because I rushed that shot to the next one, which involved a full 3D-track and replica 3d-ball to be made.
- Shot 1: I created a .png sequence of the ball spinning in Blender 3D and exported it to After Effects, where I animated it flying across the screen with a slight shadow.
- Shot 2: This shot I am more proud of. I did a full 3D track in Syntheyes, which I then brought into Blender 3D where I animated a 3D ball I created in the software and exported it out in a sequence of png images. I then composited this all together in After Effects CS5. I’m really fond of this shot and I know there are a few things I could work on to make it better.
This is my first *real* CG composite (that I actually like the result of) so any comments/critiques from you readers would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time!
Please let us know what you think in the comments – how would you have approached this project or done things differently?