Human Race was my final project for my Visual effects class from Semester 1 at RMIT.
The assignment brief required a special effects sequence (of at least 30 seconds) that incorporated most or all of the techniques we were shown within After Effects during the Semester such as masking, 2d movement tracking and 3d camera tracking, 3D positioning, particle generation, cc spherise effect, shifting channels, alpha mattes, green screen keying, blending modes, levels, animating text along a path etc. These techniques were to be used to help composite or work alongside other digital footage we had created (like 3D elements) so they were seamlessly integrated into the scene. The sequence had to show choreography and the forming/breaking apart of elements in some way also.
My motivation for this sequence was to try and emulate the style and feel of a motion graphics shot seen in science or nature documentaries, where text and 3D models/animation/compositing are used to accentuate and help visualize short sections of dialogue. I also really wanted to make a statement with the Human Race rather than just make a morphing abstract 3D thing or whatever…and I knew what I wanted to say!
The footage was shot at Southern Cross Station in Melbourne using RMIT’s Canon 700d mach II, the night/traffic/train/plane-landing lights used together in the final shot (as a whirling galaxy) were taken on my iphone, the 3D globe was created in Cinema 4D and the rest created and composited in After Effects.
The Lucasfilm footage was borrowed from Youtube (purely for non-commercial scholastic purposes of course). Of all the philosophical quotes I had as possibilities for the end tag line…I thought Yoda had the best of all.