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AE Project Diary: 6) Xian part 1.  Compositing.

AE Project Diary: 6) Xian part 1. Compositing.

When I started on the Xian project in 2011, it was the largest and most complex compositing project I had worked on.  Even though about seven years have passed since…

Badu Gili – Behind the scenes

Badu Gili – Behind the scenes

Sydney’s “Artists in Motion” recently posted a rare glimpse into the work involved to produce “Badu Gili”, a building projection made for the Sydney Opera House. The talented crew…

AE Project Diary: 4) Mixing up a cake with maths

AE Project Diary: 4) Mixing up a cake with maths

I like cakes a lot, especially cakes with lots of layers.  After Effects also has lots of layers, but when you have to start doing boring and repetitive tasks those…

AE Project Diary: 3) Ausgrid

AE Project Diary: 3) Ausgrid

What makes a project good to work on? I’ve worked on more productions than I can remember but some projects were definitely more enjoyable to work on than others…

AE Project Diary: 1) Lego, Ninjago

AE Project Diary: 1) Lego, Ninjago

The “After Effects Project Diaries” provide inside details and behind-the-scenes accounts of real projects I have worked on.  In the very first AE project diary, I…

Ghosts, holograms, and the quest for immersion

Ghosts, holograms, and the quest for immersion

Not all videos are destined to be broadcast on TV, or even viewed on a computer screen.  While building projections have continued to get bigger, brighter and bolder there…

Building Projections – Preview & Testing

Building Projections – Preview & Testing

When producing large scale video projections it’s important to establish some type of preview, to guage how the content will look when projected.  There are a variety…

Bigger, brighter, bolder – the evolution of large scale video projection

Bigger, brighter, bolder – the evolution of large scale video projection

In 2009 I had never heard of projection mapping, or building projections, so when a friend of mine emailed me a link to a video on YouTube, the result blew…

Z-Depth compositing with Particular – Part 2

Trapcode’s Particular is probably the most popular 3rd party plugin for After Effects, and amongst its many powerful features is the ability to read a z-depth map.  What…

Z-Depth compositing with Particular – Part 1

Z-Depth compositing with Particular – Part 1

Trapcode’s Particular is probably the most popular 3rd party plugin for After Effects, and amongst its many powerful features is the ability to read a z-depth map.  What…