HOW TO – Cinemagraph


In this project we wanted to recreate the Cinemagraph effect in a short movie.

Cinemagraphs are video or still photographs in which some parts of the video are freezed and the others move repeatedly. The effect that is produced is that of a living photograph and can be used both for isolated images both for short video.

While filming it is very important to have a stable tripod. The clips should be as fixed as possible. Similarly it is good to check the lighting conditions do not change suddenly. Finally the actors have to perform movements well defined and as more isolated as possible from the rest of the body.

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Step 1
In After Effects, create a new composition with the original video and start motion trackinghis face in Mocha AE going at the end of the timeline and creating the tracking area of the right cheek with the Bezier spline tool. Afterthat, click on Track Backwards and see that there is a really good track of his face moving the timeline bar back and forward.
Go to the last frame, select Align selected surface. Now choose Export tracking data, selecting After Effects Corner Pin (corner pin only)from the dropdown menu and click on copy to clipboard.

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Documentary – History of Makeup


Since the ancient times, performers have always used make-up. In theater, however, the distance separating the actors from the audience allows the use of more coarse trickery and that’s why the great revolution of makeup techniques begins with the birth of cinema, when the camera gets closer to the actors.
This documentary contains the most important moments in the history of movie makeup, showing the work of the great masters and the main techniques adopted by them.

HOW TO: Bloody Wound


In the film industry we can find a vast genre offert, nevertheless, blood and wounds are recurrent special effects that can be found in any of them. These effects can be done by makeup and disguise and recently by digital ways, however today we’ll  talk about the makeup world and explain how can you achieve a credible bloody wound from home with non-expensive and easy to find materials.

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DOCUMENTARY – Digital Characters with Motion Capture


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DOCUMENTARY – Digital Characters with Motion Capture


What is the MoCap? What are markers? How Davy Jones or Smaug are created?

For these and other questions, in this video, we take a look at the technique of Motion Capture (or MoCap ), a method of high interaction between man and technology that allows to capture the movements of people and objects and turn them into digital 3D information.
Here you can find some basic knowledge about this innovative technology! #ThisIsMotionCapture


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How to create magic cuts


For our third task we decided to realize some vines inspire by Zach King, famous youtuber good at combine illusion to this kind of video.

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Vines are recreational videos in square format that last 6 seconds max and they can be filmed thanks to the mobile app of the same name. However, since we wanted to film vines that once edit give the idea that the actors perform some magic tricks, we had to use semi-professional video gear. In this “How to” we’re going to illustrate in detail “the jump on the bed” vine, whereas we’ll give some piece of advice to realize other of these “magic vines”.

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Michele Guaschino interview


I started in the late ’80s when this knowledge was not there, if you spoke of special effects make-up, you looked like you were talking about something absolutely fantastic, or something that was not even considered as a work or what kind of activity was. there were no schools then studied by mymself with the idea then one day I would have moved to the United States, and live there them. I’m a special effects makeup a and animatronics reproduction of the human body implants,for the transformation of the actors and then mechanization helps to create a movement when making a character that can not be moved by an actor We can go for 4-5 days of work for a nose earS OR something quick to make, or up to two months. The work begins with the capture of the cast live, actor who naturally must be provided patient, after which serves a reproduction of the actor’s face,it starts the step of modeling, of course the most artistic phase, after which it returns to other technical phases which are those of; molding after the realization of the mold and then we will have copies of these prostheses and of course will be done a test application on the actor with all parts, hair, eyes and every part. today for a certain part of tricks latex has been supplanted by silicon.The first step is that the cast live, then modeling. The modeling is divided into parts and are made of Plaster partial this example is divided into 10 different parts and each part has a mold composed of a negative and then within each mold is cast material which has a curing time and then is removed from the mold decorated and applied on the face of the actorEnforcement is another thing rather long because it can sometimes reach the 3-4 hours for example the silver mask on the wall is a plastic thermo formed the head of a woman with blonde hair and silicone resin and the next one Another silicone latex and then again depends on use.