As the silhouette of a lonely girl runs through the woods, something in the shadows is lurking her.
RED is an animated short film, which presents a new version of the classic tale ¨Little Red Riding Hood¨ by Charles Perrault. The directors Jorge Jaramillo and Carlo Guillot explore more thoroughly the drama, horror and realism of the story. A journey of feelings and moments, with visual and musical elements existing only to carry a clear and strong narrative.
In RED the directors based on traditional shadows animation, giving it a new perspective by using technology to create a new concept, while maintaining the visual and narrative force of the classic technique.
The production of the film was done almost entirely by the two directors and musician/composer Manuel Borda, who completed the story by reinforcing all emotions through it.
Kickstarter Channel: “We asked a few of our favorite filmmakers for advice on making a $500 short. Here’s some of their wisdom.”
Erin Vassilopoulos, “Superior”
Ben Sinclair & Katja Blichfeld, “High Maintenance”
Kyle Rankin, Director “Night of the Living Deb” (http://kck.st/1ov1DiG)
Karl Beyer & Scott Ross, “The Burning House” (http://kck.st/R6sqVm)
Reinaldo Marcus Green, “Stone Cars,” “Anonymous”
Jesse Burks, “One Please”
Emily Carmichael, “The Adventures of Ledo and Ix” (http://kck.st/12Dsm3n)
Peter Vack, “Send” (http://kck.st/16Mke6k)
Jonge kunstenaars en ontwerpers krijgen steeds meer professionele software tot hun beschikking. Vorige week werd een gratis versie vrijgegeven van de animatiesoftware Toonz – gebruikt door o.a. Studio Ghibli en Futurama. Nu voegt ook Google zich in het rijtje onbaatzuchtige weldoeners door hun fotobewerkingssoftware Nik Collection, die voorheen nog €135 euro kostte, gratis online aan te bieden. Iedereen die het programma dit jaar nog heeft gekocht krijgt zijn geld terug.
De Nik Collection is Google’s gebruiksvriendelijke benadering van populaire fotobewerkingsprogramma’s als Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom en Aperture. Door het gratis aan te bieden is Nik Collection nu een nog toegankelijker alternatief. Net als die concurrenten biedt het een set van filters voor kleurcorrectie en verfraaiing, een op een doka-geïnspireerde methode om de perfecte zwart-wit foto’s te ontwikkelen en een effectensuite die de kenmerkende effecten van verschillende (vintage) camera’s nabootst.
“We hebben besloten om de desktopversie van Nik Collection vrij te geven voor het publiek. We focussen ons nu vooral op het ontwikkelen van fotobewerkingsprogramma’s voor op de smartphone, zoals Google Photos en Snapseed,” laat Google weten in een persbericht. Samen met gratis online adviezen van topfotografen, zoals de compositietips van Steve McCurry en adviezen van fotograaf Roger Ballen, beschik je nu dus over werkelijk alle benodigdheden om je foto’s naar een hoger plan te trekken.
De Nik Collection bestaat uit tools zoals Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro en Dfine.
Princess Mononoke. Spirited Away. Howl’s Moving Castle. All films packed with mystery and gravity, thanks largely to the imagination of Studio Ghibli founder Hayao Miyazaki. In peeling back the layers of what makes these films so beloved, Miyazaki’s vision first comes to mind, but the team of animators he oversees and the software that holds the whole crazy machine together are the unsung heroes behind them. That software is called Toonz and it’s about to become a little bit less mysterious, as Cartoon Brew reports that an open-sourced edition will be available for download starting March 26.
Included in the OpenToonz are many of Ghibli’s custom tools, specially designed to capture trees waving in the breeze, food that looks too delicious to eat, and the constant running Miyazaki’s films are known for. In a statement on the Toonz website, Studio Ghibli Executive Imaging Director Atsushi Okui says they originally sought the software to cope with the complexity of 1995’s Princess Mononoke. “We needed a software enabling us to create a certain section of the animation digitally,” he says. “Our requirement was that in order to continue producing theatre-quality animation without additional stress, the software must have the ability to combine the hand-drawn animation with the digitally painted ones seamlessly.”
Toonz, also the software used in Matt Groening’s Futurama, is now available open-sourced as a condition of its sale from Italian tech company Digital Video to Japanese publisher Dwango. Those aiming to up its power can opt for a paid, premium version. This move, Digital Video managing director Claudio Mattei says, will help Toonz cement a place as the world standard in animation. We expect an uptick in high quality Totoro tribute films and animations inspired by the semi-retired animation legend while young animators are still in a position to play around and hone their styles. Now they can do so without spending an arm and a leg on animation software.
Check out what Studio Ghibli fans have accomplished, even without the company’s favored software, in the links below. Download Toonz on the official website, starting March 26.
With spectacular blockbusters dominating the movie scene these days, a filmmaker’s ability to properly use special effects is essential. Though movies like Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakensare bringing back a love practical effects, you’d still be hard-pressed to find a big, visually stunning tentpoles without some effects magic.
Which is why it’s so baffling that visual effects artists rarely get the credit they deserve. Without them, our favorite movies wouldn’t be escapist fantasies, they’d be stuck on the ground in reality. Here are some of the most impressive moments of transformation that prove visual effects are truly an art form.
1. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Mad Max: Fury Road was one of the best movies of the year, and the non-stop thrill ride was thoroughly enhanced by explosions, sandstorms, and a whole lot of chrome.
2. Alice in Wonderland (2010)
When you look at the behind-the-scenes production of Alice in Wonderland, it’s astounding how little was actually there on the set. Now that Alice Through the Looking Glass is set to premiere in 2016, be prepared for another landscape full of realized imagination.
3. Life of Pi (2012)
Director Ang Lee famously thanked everyone but the visual effects artist when he accepted his Best Director Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards. And when I say “everyone,” I mean even the tiger that was generated entirely by computer generated imagery.
4. Maleficent (2014)
Maleficent was one of the most successful movies of 2014, and it certainly would have suffered without its warrior trees and mystical forest creatures.
5. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
When a humanized ape is one of the main characters, a fully articulated face with a full range of emotions is downright mandatory. Luckily, Rise of the Planet of the Apes was able to create a totally believable Caesar out of Andy Serkis.
6. The Avengers (2012)
Though awards typically go to traditional performances that include emotional breakdowns and biopic impersonations, I’m extremely impressed by the actors who can pull out memorable scenes surrounded by only a green screen. The Avengers cast has so much chemistry, they’re convincing even in a stark set.
7. Godzilla (2014)
The most recent reboot of Godzilla brought back the monster movie with a vengeance, and even though he was totally CGI, you could practically feel his scales when he was finally revealed.
8. Game of Thrones (2011- )
As far as TV is concerned, Game of Thrones has pretty much cornered the market when it comes to unbelievable effects. The ever-growing dragons are reason enough to tune in, but the continents of Westeros and Essos are so vast that there’s always another aesthetic surprise.
9. Ghost Rider (2007)
Many have tried to forget about Nicholas Cage’s turn as the Marvel antihero, but I couldn’t resist including it solely for that before shot. Talk about terrifying.
10. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
The Hobbit trilogy pushed the envelope so far when it came to visual effects, many viewers felt the effect went beyond real. Still, Peter Jackson’s team built a remarkable world that won’t soon be forgotten.
11. The Martian (2015)
To round out the list, Ridley Scott’s latest space epicinvented an entire Martian landscape that Matt Damon briefly called home. The planet’s storms and the moments out in space were so effective, most people ended up on the edge of their seats hoping this one astronaut makes it home.
So I installed Adobe After Effects on my Mac. When I import a video clip the sound would not play. I know the clip has working sound because I played it through Quicktime. When I import it into After Effects it will not recognize any sound. Any suggestions?? Re: No Sound in After Effects
by Dave LaRonde
The first thing that comes to mind is this: do you see a little speaker icon when you put the clip in the AE timeline? You’ve got audio if the answer’s “yes”.
Second, are you hitting the space bar or the Play button in the time controls window in hopes of hearing the sound? Good luck: you won’t hear any.
AE doesn’t work like an editing application, it has never worked like an editing application, and probably never will. So you can’t PLAY anything in AE: you have to PREVIEW it.
You can hear audio by:
* A RAM Preview, which previews as much audio & video as it can until it uses up all the RAM available to it
* Hitting the period key on the numeric keypad: AE thinks a bit, aka renders the audio, then plays it for a duration of time set in Prefereneces
* Scrubbing: hold down the Command key (ctl win) and move the timeline cursor
* Short preview: hold down the Command key (ctl win) and click and hold the timeline cursor: AE plays a few frames of audio, which is handy for locating audio hits
It sounds like actually cracking open the manual, getting to know AE Help and referring to the AE Tutorials on the COW would be a good thing for you to do.