This final project for our After Effects class is meant to be the opening credits of a made up movie, The Mantra.
First a 3D room with various textures and images (processed in Photoshop) was created. The AE tile preset effect was used to extend the room to make it look longer and deeper.
The music is from the 1999 movie, The Mummy, which is also where I've taken the copy for the text credits. Specifically, the audio is from the track called, Camel Race; produced by Jerry Goldsmith and orchestrated by Alexander Courage.
CC Particle World in conjunction with a Null Object was used to create the particle energy as per an online tutorial. Once the initial particle energy was created, I was able to re-use it by copying it to make a set of 3 energies that "dance" to the music soundtrack.
The movie title and all text use glow, liquify, wave warp and fast blur effects as well as a wiggle function applied to the wave warp distortion which results in the wavey-ness of the text throughout the video.
The Mummy music, the eastern inspired textures used in the room along with the Indian style font resulted in a feeling of a storybook adventure with a vintage flavour.
Once it was clear that the energy particles had a kind of life force, they seemed to be dancing around, then dying out, but then being re-born into the next set of text credits. It was almost like a representation of karma which reinforced this theme of India, The Mantra and that indeed an adventurous story in an exotic land was just getting started. Of course, the music is absolutely glorious and constantly inspiring which lends a real dynamism to the whole thing.
Once the room was built, the particle energies created, and the text treatment nailed down, it was a matter of using the various keyframing techniques to modulate transformations on the text to keep timing with the soundtrack. The style just keep evolving by following this karmic energy dancing from one credit to the next.
As I was finishing the remaining credits in the same style as the tile, I started seeing an old vintage map like in the Indiana Jones movies. It seemed like we needed to "land" somewhere, so I sourced a jpg image of a map that had similar color hues and was large enough for a 3D zoom in. The camera was used in a frantic manner to reflect the manic pace of the soundtrack.
Finally, it seemed like the map thing was working well and all it needed was a Speilberg-like wipe to reveal some opening real world footage that conveyed that the story is finally started. A different part of the same Mummy soundtrack was used along with some footage from the movie, Gandhi.
This video was created in After Effects for homework lesson 3, a slideshow of photos.
Some effects used include various blending modes and blur. Keyframing adjustments in opacity, scale and position were implemented in conjunction with motion eases. The photos were re-sized in Photoshop.
The audio is from the song Teardrop by Massive Attack. Audacity was used to edit the song down to 1:30 minutes.