Rushes were asked to work on the opening title sequence for ‘Dead Man Running’, a new feature with Curtis ‘50 Cent’ Jackson.
In a two pronged approach, the task was split into two parts: shot footage and graphical overlays. The live action shoot required physical effects in the form of fake blood splatters, created using a recipe consisting mainly of ink and hair gel. In true method actor style, we had to become gangsters ourselves scanning and printing a wedge of fake notes to use in a counting machine, to be spliced into the sequence.
The sequence involved laying elements and textures lifted from the various denominations of bank note onto the live action sequence to provide a subtle but effective graphical element to lift the footage and bed in the animated title cards.
Once the graphical elements were laid over, knocked back, colour graded, tracked on and generally manipulated in After Effects the end look was a simple, highly stylised opening sequence for the film with the large scans really picking out the nuances of the note’s textures and the animation hitting the highs and lows of the music.
Here is my 1st BerkShop After Effects tutorial, it is on some methods of color correction/grading. It is fun just to get in there and use the tools and see what we can create. I hope you enjoy and get something out of it. Feel free to share it and leave a comment. I will also try and get a tutorial page up on my website to host it/them soon too. Thank you everyone and have fun after effectsin'!