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Miniature Atlanta Airport

This is a video that I made a couple weeks ago from footage that I shot while eating at the Chili's Too at the Atlanta airport before boarding a flight. I had been up to this spot before and knew that it was the perfect perspective from which to get this kind of tilt-shift effect, so I was excited when we got sat at the exact same table this time. Didn't have my 7D on me, so I just busted out the ol' iPhone, rested it against the glass and let'er roll. Then I took that footage into After Effects, applied a lens blur with a depth matte, and voilà, miniature planes! Miniature baggage carts! I also decided to apply some sketchy-looking (as in drawn-on, not dangerous) text just for fun and because it was something that I wanted to learn how to do. Then I applied 3D shadows to the text to make it feel like it's in the space. It really makes no sense... it's meant to look like it's drawn-on over the image, and yet, also a part of the image. Oh well, I like it.

Overall, the whole tilt-shift thing has been really overdone, but I do think that it's a cool effect that can be used effectively. I'm excited to have learned how to create this effect in post, and hopefully I can use it more extensively in a piece sometime.

Time for lapses!

After stretching some of my birthday money that was intended for a bike (thanks moms and Lauren!) I was able to get an intervalometer for my camera as well, giving me the opportunity to shoot some super-sweet timelapses!... or in this case, a very average timelapse.

I got home from work today and noticed the great color in the sky. Anxious to try my new toy I quickly ran outside and set the camera up. Unfortunately there wasn't a whole lot of daylight left by this time, but it was still fun to get a first legitimate timelapse. Anyway, I'm hoping to explore this more and I think I'll be able to create some pretty cool stuff. Can't wait to post some more here!

The 4th of July, Unfocused

This is just a very hastily made video that I created with some of my footage from the 4th. I had seen the idea previously here: http://vimeo.com/6157370, and I was just kind of mesmerized by it. So at the next chance I had to capture some fireworks footage, I decided to give it a try. I've always loved the look of out-of-focus light, and I think fireworks have to be the most exciting form of this that I've seen. Wish I would've had a tripod for this, as I think it would've made it a little better, but I was just traveling light and taking all the video from my back while watching the show. Also, sometime I'd like to spend a little more time on the edit. I just really wanted to get something up, even though I don't have a lot of time right now, but I think some very cool things could be done with time remapping and reversing the footage. Maybe sometime.