I've been having all kinds of fun in after effects the last couple of weeks. well thats not entirely true, its been tough but rewarding. Only broke down the once but there were good reasons behind that!
Here are a couple of screen shots from my after effects file, the overall effects i put on the shot were LOADS of masks to remove rigs and add a ghost effect and directional blur. a little bit of colour correction. playing around with hue, saturation, levels and brightness. A variety of smoke effects that I got from a good friend of mine on the VFX course at my uni, as well as playing around with the particle world effect for creating my own smoke/fire for the meteor.
Its been, as Marty Mcfly would say, Educational!
Basic after effects lay out
Stock footage smoke keyed out to go behind my character and keyed on hue/saturation and opacity to fade into nothing
masks for motion blur
the ghost effect, a masked moved around the body every 2 (or sometimes 1) frames for around 8-10 seconds of the clip. Each of the tiny keys you can see above is a different movement of the mask.
So without further adieu, below is the entire Mime project, start to finish. There were a couple of other block outs that I deleted during production just because they weren't worth saving but other than that its everything that i filmed over the two weeks I had to shoot.
If you'd like to skip purely to the final animation, then go ahead to 1:51 on the video
Am now a little overwhelmed at the idea of starting the pre production of my final film which will run into the end of Uni but there'll be posts about that over the next few weeks.
Until then, stay safe!