Repeat Video and Process

Updates have been scarce as up to my ears in school and have been working on a new video project for my band wimps. Doing some catching up. Meanwhile, here is my week by week process for the new video, copied from my process blog for the video. 5000+ images of stuff we like and cool stuff in Seattle and then just shapes. Hope you find it interesting. 

Process Below

Week 11 - Final Presentation

And we're done! Presented to the class today and all went well. In a week or so will have a nationwide premiere on the Impose Magazine site. Enjoy the final video! 

Week 10 - Color Correction 

This took way too long. With 5000ish individual images this file has reached a size that doing hardly anything at all takes forever so this took all of my school day as well as 3 hours at home (with exporting and rendering). I like how white I got the background and the shapes I think also look better moving in that space. Our faces look like shit though. Now our skin is much more ruddy. I think I need something in between the two. Do I have the time for that? Prob. not. Is the other one fine? Maybe. Thinking on it.

Here's some tutorial videos I watched: 

Left is color corrected. Right is previous color correction.

Week 9 - Shape City

This is maybe the final video. The only final consideration would be additional color correction. Big list of completed: 1. Triangles added 2. Triangles positioned 3. Found more triangles, squares and circles 4. Photoshopped more triangles, squares and circles 5. Went through and replaced the least exciting triangles, squares and circles 6. Added Bass EQ to audio track to compensate for poor bass on laptop speakers 7. Did light color correction to desaturate and enhance contrast Going to do some more color correction experiments this week but am pretty happy with this.

Week 8 - Getting in Shape

Haven't been updating as often as I should but to be honest the updates would only say "editing photos". There are now 300+ pictures of circles, squares and triangles and all of the circles and squares have been edited as a transparent psd file.  Still need to figure the correct size to reduce them down in order to minimize file size. Also, all of the filming is done. Lot of work to do, specifically adding 1000 still images. The original filming is like the frame of the house. Now I just need to add the wiring, plumbing, walls, shingles, windows, doorknobs and doo dads to really make it shine. Still got to edit me in singing in addition to adding at least 1000 more shapes. Oh I also reshot all the close stuffs so it will be looking different on the next edit from the screenshots in earlier posts. 

Week 7 - Shaping Up

Still chugging along.  All film is now shot as of this weekend.  To the left are some stills of from the film of Dave, Rachel and me.  Still need more shapes which I hope to capture this week and then begin the photo editing of all the individual shots to make the background transparent and then comes the video editing.  That gives me roughly two and a half weeks of video editing before the rough needs to be shown to the class. Deadlines! AHHHHH!!

Week 6 - More Shapes, Editing and Filming

Little up date a rooney.  This last weekend I filmed Dave up close and far away playing drums along to the song so half of Dave's drum stuff is now taken care of.  I am filming the Dave in front of a white sheet and Rachel and Matt up close shots this weekend.  Today I shot and edited 220 shape shots which brings the total shape shots to about 150 for circle and triangle and 80 for squares.  Going to shoot more shapes this weekend to hopefully get all that I need and edit those down so I can begin the further editing in Photoshop to turn them into semi transparents pngs for beginning on the rough next weekend.  So far right on track to show a rough to the class on Nov. 7th.

Week 5 - Photo Editing and More Shape Gathering

Edited 171 photos from raw to 240dpi to 2880 x 1920.  Figured out how to use a script in Photoshop, which made it a semi-breeze.

Week 4 - More Shape Gathering

Walked around with Mr. Ted (as he is documenting Capitol Hill for a zine) and took a bunch of shape photos.  Here is just some of the 170.  Circles are by far the easiest, surprisingly triangles and then the most elusive of all: the perfect square.  Capitol Hill is too hip for squares.   HAHAHAHAHAHA

Week 3 - Shape Gathering

Second blog entry commence now:  You know it's a different day and that I am making progress on my project as I am wearing a different shirt and you just can't fake that.  Here's Randy lending me a hand.

This last weekend I checked out a camera and walked around capturing shapes and was able to capture some shapes including what I am finding to be the illusive triangle.  Also, got more live footage at a different location (my basement) to splice in and add to the cache of three different shows that are in the can from two weeks prior. These will serve as quick splices at the finale and highlight all the fun and exciting places the band plays such as a big theatres, house parties and a scummy teen center.

This weekend I am filming Drummer Dave on a stage before his other band's show. This will be the black background shot of Dave, with the other being the white background with similar positioning if not the same. Will be fun to cut between.

Lots of footage is needed. 

Week 2 - Sketching and Ideas
How bout Dave by himself? People love watching Dave drum.  Will provide contrast to close up shots and he can appear when me and Rachel are not singing.  Big blank space, maybe my living room with giant sheets up? Have one Who poster up behind him? Dave likes the Who.  Mapped out times for when verses and choruses start and stop. Assigned shapes. I think bass and me is more of circle. Rachel's guitar sounds like a triangle.  That leaves a square for drums and Dave.  Should I have a separate symbol for singing or just differentiate the main symbols?

Week 1 - Getting Started

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