How To – Tilt Shift

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In this project we wanted to ricreate the Tilt Shift effect in a couple of simple movie clips filmed in timelapse using Adobe After Effects and Adobe Premiere.

Tilt-shift photography (or “miniature faking”) is a photographic genre that seems to have been gaining popularity in the last few years. Essentially, it’s taking a photograph of a real-world scene and making it look like a miniature scene, such as you’d find in a model railroader’s setup. This effect is also applied to video shots and the effect is the same of photography. Although, the “miniature effect” is not the only effect you can obtain using Tilt Shift.

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How To – Artificial Long Take

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In this project we wanted to recreate an artificial long sequence, as happened in Birdman, trying to use both physical transition and post production VFX.

The main limit was to use only few instruments. In fact we had:

  1. Canon 600d
  2. Lens 50 mm fixed focal length optic
  3. Shoulder support

We started writing the script of the sequence. We take inspiration by Birdman story, but we have to condense it in few minutes. The main character is an actress that have just finished her performance and moves from the stage to the back of the theatre meeting people and crossing doors. Continue reading

DOCUMENTARY – PROJECTION MAPPING

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Since the beginning of time, men have tried to transform and project reality in different ways. First, passing from 3D to 2D, and then, doing the inverse procedure. From this concept, the “Camera obscura” was born. This was the first time in which men had started to use projections, particularly for making paintings, and afterwards pictures. Moreover, shadow theater was an ancient form of spectacle that started from 3D objects located between a white screen and a direct light, and then projected on the screen to create a two dimensional product.

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Bullet Time Matrix

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First used in the film Blade in 1998 it became famous with Matrix in 1999, the Bullet Time is an effect that show a scene with an extreme transformation of time and space, usually to show a slow motion of a flying proyectile. Actually Bullet Time doesn’t imply the presence of bullets, it’s a particular type of slow motion where the camera moves with an impossibly high speed for a physical camera, it’s also called adrenaline time, focus time, frozen time and time slice. This video show how to recreate the famous scene of Matrix where Neo avoids bullets by moving at a superhuman speed.

Interview with Illo

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Motion graphics are a way to do commercial advertising that is spreading more and more nowadays. We like to think of motion graphics as a new kind of digital art with its own world, rules and artists. In the last ten years this little world has grown up also thanks to more powerful hardwares and new softwares or plugins and it is revolutionizing the commercial advertising. So we decided to examine in depth the motion graphics enviroment interviewing a studio that is just turned into a company, but that began its path as a start-up making motion graphics videos. Its name is Illo (http://illo.tv/).

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Documentary – Invisibility Evolution

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Through symbolic movies this short documentary illustrates the evolution of the techniques used for the realization of invisibility effect in the cinema from 1933 to today.


Written by: Simonetta Brignolo, Federica Gucciardi, Marco Truffa Giachet, Debora Pilati, Serena Zerbinati.

INTERVIEW WITH FILIPPO ROBINO – FX ARTIST

Filippo Robino - FX Artist
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Tell us about your educational background, where your interest in the world of special effects has began?

After high school, I enrolled at university, first year part-time, because in the meanwhile I was working and the following years full-time. I attended the Graphic and Virtual Project bachelor degree at Polytechnic University of Turin. There, I became interested in 3D. During the last year I followed a course at Virtual Multimedia Park in Turin, where I realized my first Showreel, which allowed me to find a job at Rumblefish in Milan. There I worked for 6/7 months

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