Mingling with fellow creatives.

Mingling with fellow creatives.

Created by Chris_Ae
2 Years Ago
July 11, 2018 @ 2:09 am
Hi Tobias and everyone,

If I could swap places with anyone - it would be with John Knoll. That one sentence alone tells you what a massive VFX fan I am. I'm also aware of folks like Dennis Muren, Ken Ralston, John Dykstra - and Ray Harryhausen before them.

For the last eighteen years I have been a 'frustrated special effects artist' - settling for single frame fake pictures - or composites as I now call them. I imported myself into screen grab frames from movies and made it look like I was part of the scene.

I have always been fixated with 'special effects' ever since I started going to the cinema seriously in 1982. It all started with E.T. The Extra Terrestrial...

Eventually I discovered glorious After Effects. Creating video VFX is what does it for me now. It gives me a genuine buzz. I've been known to punch the air when I've had trouble getting something to work - but when it finally comes together it's a 'YES!' moment. Despite the fact that what I'm currently doing is fairly basic compositing, it's still making me smile and giving me a buzz when I've got the shot looking what I consider, fairly realistic. I REALLY enjoy the process.

The other two programs in my arsenal are Premiere Pro CC and Blender. Isn't it just utterly BRILLIANT that Blender is entirely free? I'm so respectful of that and grateful.

My style is: Animate a TurboSquid 3D model and import over footage. In other posts to follow via the appropriate forums I'll embed some videos.

There's a couple of people who have really helped me get going with this - they are Andrew Kramer of Video Copilot and Surfaced Studios' very own Tobias! Thanks guys! As I say - it's my 'thing' now. It's what I want to do.

Just as a side issue - that Nuke nodes thing - it messes with my head! I'm not ready for that yet - I'll have to stick with Ae layers for the time being!

Thanks also for these forums - it's going to be so nice to hang with fellow creatives.

- Chris.

London, UK.
2 Years Ago
July 25, 2018 @ 1:38 am
I haven’t gotten into blender because of never having any time. But reading your post really made me want to dive in. Thanks
2 Years Ago
July 25, 2018 @ 7:39 pm
Hi Maui9,

When I first opened the interface it was one of those: 'Where the hell do I even start?' moments. However, tutorials are DEFINITELY your friend and Tobias has a reputation for making great ones - so no better place to start.

I'm certainly not a natural - but I have surprised myself with what I have achieved so far - well, what I'm currently doing is extremely basic to some - but it pleases me! I've got there by watching tutorials and ENDLESSLY practicing.

Blender being entirely free is incredible and that's the thing - you'll have no regrets therefore if you decide it's not for you - because it won't turn out to be an expensive mistake.

I've never modelled (UK spelling) anything and I hope to do that one day - but for now I'm loving importing someone else's model and animating via keyframes.

Good luck if you go for it.

& to join the conversation - it's free


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