How To Use Particular and Plexus Plugins

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In this tutorial we’re going to see some simple effects with Trapcode Particular, of Red Giant and Plexus of RowByte.

Trapcode Particular

Trapcode Particular is a plugin that allows to create organic 3D particle effects; In the first example I used it for disintegrating my own hand.

Basically the plugin works on a dynamic mask that gradually moves from the left side of the frame to the right one.

There are two ways for doing it, in the first one you’ll need a  green screen in order to take off the background and disintegrate only the hand; in alternative, you can try to illuminate the background in order to keep it flat, without shadows; in this way you will see the particular effect only on the hand.

Plexus

Plexus is a simple plugin for rendering the particle and create all sorts of interesting relationships between them based on various parameters.

This plugin works with different tracked points of light, creating relationship like lines and shapes between them;

In the first case, I created two groups of point of light, one on the left hand and one on the right, so I linked them in order to simulate a spider’s web.

In the second case, I created and multiplicated one hexagon for creating a dynamic 3D shape, between the character’s hands.

Mind to use a shirt (or a background) in contrast with the color of the lines.

Michele Cattani

Gli Erranti – A short movie

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Gli Erranti” is an animated short movie made with the purpose of showing how practical effects can replace visual effects but also work in harmony with them.
We tried to find a solution to the problem of digitally animating a floating soul by creating a “real” soul and making it float underwater.
The creation of an environment for the soul is another challenge we took on. Just like for the animation of the soul, we did not have the time and, probably, the skills to create something decent, so we took the practical way. Using water, ink and fluids we tried to create an abstract environment, a proper setting for our character.
We relied on digital techniques as well, such as chroma key and particle effects, and colour correction, they were necessary for removing the soul’s background and creating very specific effects.
In conclusion, we tried to show how it is possible to make an animated movie considering the limits of time, money and skills, hoping to acheive a decent result.

Enrico Greco, Cristian Gurra, Jessica Manetta, Claudia Rolletto.

 

Documentary – Communicating the Film’s Message by Sound Effects and Music

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“It is dangerously easy to think of filmaking as a visual medium -Do not! You can almost always tell the difference between an amateur film and a professional one just by closing your eyes and listening to the story.”

Michelle Demers (Story & Heart Blog)

 

Are you curious of how a sound could generate or not a strong emotional reaction depending of a character’s actions? Do you consider a movie with almost no dialogue capable of send a convincing message to the public? When and when not place the sound effects or the music tracks? Practical and computer generated sounds effects can work in a complementary way in order to enrich a scene’s impact?

For many years, we as spectators have considered the visual component of a film as the unique variable capable of telling us a specific story. That is why in this short documentary it would be possible to consider an almost no dialogue movie, “All is lost” as a valuable approach in order to perceive practical sound effects and background music as indispensable “actors” that help to broadcast an emotional and full of charge message.

Created by:

Plus 2 Studio

Maria Camila Botía Bocanegra – Juliana Oñate Berrocal