This one started out as a version of an Andrew Kramer A-E tutorial on making 2-D images 3-D (no 38 on Video Co-Pilot). Anyway I couldn't get it to work and so I just started creating a 'box' of 2D planes in 3D space, from JPGs of architectural stuff, and them combining (compositing!) this with a 3-D modelled object.
The 2-D architecture was a setting for the 3-D object. For that I just used some free download stuff, which brought with it other problems opening it in a Lightwave scene and them putting a camera move on it.
Matching the Lightwave movie to a A-E movie of the setting for the objects, got to be REALLY HARD.
I imported the LW movie with a a kind of green screen colour to the background but couldn't key it out very efficiently, so I ended up taking all the JPGs into Lightwave and building the whole thing there (on basic polygons). The camera move was obviously very easy then.
The text - British Gringo etc - is just something I came up with as another layer of compositing. It doesn't really mean anything. The sound track is by Nat 'Cannonball' Adderly and called something like Autumn Leaves, I think. It's from back in the late 1950s or early 60s, but it had a nice moody, urban feel.
This assignment was based on a tutorial by Eran Stern, maybe on the A-E Tuts site, maybe on an ArtBeats-related site. Anyway he uses ArtBeats footage for the background water and explosion that had big fat ARTBEAT watermarks across them, so I couldn't really use them in the same way as Stern did. But then, even when Stern 'provides' the Tut material in a free download, the top of the can is missing and he doesn't bother to explain how you import other textures into Photoshop 3D.
But it was probably worth it getting to do some time remapping on the water (reversed motion and in very slow motion) and setting up the caustics for the reflection of the can in the water. I still count this as basically a compositing exercise.
I replaced Stern's lamo jokes about '6-Down' with a more aggressive brand of energy drink. I dedicate this one to Eran Stern.
This was basically a sound track assignment, based on those games where a You-tube or something packs a string of film titles into little graphics, you have to sort of figure out on the fly. I teamed with my class mate Josh Oliver to take the easy way out. We drew up a list of favourite cartoon characters and then turned them into silhouettes, or as close to, as we thought they could still be recognised from, and then just shape-tweened them in FLASH and... got bored, actually.
I found the piece of Debussy, performed by Roger Woodward, which had a kind of playful, juvenile theme and stuck in on, but we're really supposed to compose our own, in Garage Band or something. Neither of us have any musical ability whatsoever.