Sunday, August 6, 2017

My Musical Progress and a Return to After Effects

After Effects is a fabulous program, and I'm glad I've reintroduced myself to it. I'm still rather amateurish in my use of it, but I believe that I've progressed in different aspects with almost every video. Some I do admit are boiler plate standards that I've invented and have employed just to get a collab that I'm proud of out for people to see, and especially to hear.

I'm not a great vocalist, but I think I'm fairly decent. And it's truly an enjoyable hobby.

Since my previous post (about 5 months ago)I've done considerably more songs, and created quite a few videos. I'm at over 130 "collabs" currently, and have released nearly 40 videos of those songs.

Here's a few of them that I've liked in particular. As always please click the title, rather than the image, and you'll get a full-screen view. It's always nice to see the details up close :)

So from older to newer ...

PINK FLOYD - WAITING FOR THE WORMS (from the album and motion picture)
In this video I recreated the Gerald Scarfe animations. I did this by ingesting the original videos into After Effects and then layering my own images over it, and then frame-by-frame matching the movements and angles, and a reasonable facsimile of the imagery. I've also included a link to a YT video of that segment (on another person's account) just so you can do a comparison, here (it's set to start at the beginning of the mimicked animation:
https://youtu.be/0bDY0DfEjmo?t=1m19s




THE BEATLES - ALL TOGETHER NOW
Not much in the individual frame animations (in fact none -- only rearrangement from the original to a degree) but I created some simple animations, such as the little boat on the water, and some text animations, etc.




WAR - LOW RIDER
A little more advanced in animation and the rules of animation. Notice that the wheels roll in the proper direction of the panel movements, etc. Some mirroring of different panels to make it more symmetrical (they are different panels, which can be observed by the difference in actions by the musician, only one of them is flipped).


That should be enough for today. I'll try to pop on again in a week or so and toss in three more that I think are reasonably good.  Thanks for watching and listening :)

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

It's been a while since I've posted anything, especially since most of what I work on is proprietary, nor is it my own camera work, and therefore not really legitimate to post.

However, in my spare time I've been doing a bit of singing on the social network called Bandhub.  I joined in October of last year, and have at this point been involved in nearly 40 "collabs".  I'm beginning to get in fairly high demand for doing lead vocals, and it's pleasing to know that people have confidence in my musical vocal abilities.

Other than singing though, I can contribute scarcely more, as I don't play any instrument.  But I've found a different way to contribute and that is to take the "Brady Bunch" view that you get from a finished collab, and using the raw materials I create a slightly more interesting music video that the participating artists might use to promote themselves hither and yon.

Here's what I mean by Brady Bunch view:


There's actually another equally-sized image of the rest of the participants in this particular collab, but this should suffice for you to get the idea. And the final product ...



As always, please click on the broken rectangle icon at the bottom right of the YouTube video screen to make the video full screen, and when it's done, simply press Esc on your keyboard.

I've made several other videos, not only of the collabs in which I've participated (though that's my primary MO), but I've also been so thrilled with the performances of other BHer performances that I've volunteered my services.

And now I'm beginning to get requests for those, but unlike playing or singing in a collab, these videos can take anywhere from 4.5 to 6 or more hours to create, depending on their complexity.

But anyway, it's a lot of fun -- both performing the music and creating the videos.