Friday, December 11, 2009

Behind the Scenes - Bible Study

A split screen video of the effects used in Bible Study. You can see what the raw green screen footage looked like, on the left, before we messed around with it in Sony Vegas Pro 9.0. To view Bible Study in its entirety, go here.

As you can see, we do not yet own a professional green screen. We used a bed sheet draped over a television cabinet and held tight on either side by myself and Oriana (production assistant/ Justin's girlfriend). We ironed it a bit before filming, but, as you can see, we were too lazy to get it perfect. This did did create a tiny problem in editing, but we got around it...

Tips for using a green screen:
- use an flat, even toned backdrop
- in addition to lighting the subject, light the screen
- have the subject stand away from the screen to eliminate shadows
- get rid of wrinkles

Thursday, December 10, 2009

New Movie: Bible Study

We filmed this one while Justin was in town from New York.

As you can see, we experimented with chroma keying (green screening)and layering various effects. Sony Vegas Pro 9.0 was used for editing, and we used a bright green bed sheet for the screen.

My favorite effect was the opening title. We used a linear blur, glow, fading, and lots of key frames!

The hell fire pit was created layering random molten lava videos and messing with the opacity. There is a fire effect in Sony Vegas, which is used lightly, in conjunction with the increasing light ray effect on Justin.

The shaking effect on Ryan was created using the pan and crop options along with a heavy linear blur.

Website Updates:

There are two new menu items on the site, as of today. The first is a "Film Contests" page showcasing the various film contest entries Emmanuel has spearheaded. The second is an "Equipment" page outlining all the cameras and extras we've used throughout the years.

Film Contests

Emmanuel of the WMMM team had the brilliant idea of entering into film contests. Currently, his short, My Roomate... is a Ninja, is entered in Nikon's Your Day in 140 seconds or less contest. Help them win, and share the video with your friends!

Eye for an Eye is another short they created for a film contest based around the Assassin's Creed 2 video game. Unfortunately they didn't place, but here it is for your enjoyment!