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Old 28-09-2008, 11:44 AM   #1
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Default Death Star over San francisco

Take a look at this wow
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Old 28-09-2008, 12:13 PM   #2
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Oh that is just genius! The Death Star is genuinely quite creepy. Thanks ever so much for showing us this.
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Old 28-09-2008, 12:52 PM   #3
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Nicely composited. The Tyderium (Sp?) shuttle shots were a little weak but otherwise everything was very well done. The sense of scale and distance on the death star worked very well too.
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Old 28-09-2008, 03:12 PM   #4
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Very nice!


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Old 28-09-2008, 04:31 PM   #5
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Excellent stuff.

Any idea how he was able to composite the craft into a moving camera scene and still have the craft keep up the the camera movements, some of which were pretty erratic?

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Old 28-09-2008, 04:54 PM   #6
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Any idea how he was able to composite the craft into a moving camera scene and still have the craft keep up the the camera movements, some of which were pretty erratic?
THAT's the part that wow-ed me. How'd he do that without a motion control camera rig of some kind...?
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Old 28-09-2008, 05:40 PM   #7
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Great, i send it to friend who lives in SF.
Asked him for more vid´s.

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Old 28-09-2008, 06:12 PM   #8
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not sure how he done it but i thought it was really good,esp the star destroyer floating over the golden gate,awesome
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Old 28-09-2008, 06:16 PM   #9
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just had another look at it,could he of possibly super impossed it over a proper pic of the moon?
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Old 28-09-2008, 06:19 PM   #10
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I think so, the moon between the buildings is the background for the deathstar.

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Old 28-09-2008, 06:36 PM   #11
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Outstanding work. I like the AT-AT's on the beach nice. Great creativity. thanks for sharing
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Old 28-09-2008, 07:03 PM   #12
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just had another look at it,could he of possibly super impossed it over a proper pic of the moon?
I'm sure that's what he has done alright. But not sure how he has matched the movement of the models with the movement of the handheld camera. You can do it frame by frame but that takes a long time to do. At least with the Death Star he would have frame of reference on which to superimpose the frames from the second vide. Time consuming, but it is doable (taking from experience here - it took me days to do a few seconds. I could only do 50 frames a night which is only 2 seconds, before going cross eyed). However the other ones confound me as he is not replacing like with like and has no frame of reference without which I don't see how it wouldn't end up looking like the vehicles weren't part of the scene. Unless there is some softrware out there which will match up a reference point and keep it central in a moving frame.

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Old 28-09-2008, 07:56 PM   #13
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alternatively, the wild camera swings were added AFTERWARDS...


Actually, I have a feeling that there IS some software for keeping a datum steady within a moving frame but I'm blowed if I can remember what it is at the moment
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Old 28-09-2008, 10:51 PM   #14
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very cleverly done ,the death star looks great
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Old 29-09-2008, 01:54 AM   #15
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SF will look sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good reduced to a glazed, water-filled crater. Oh yeah!!!
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Old 01-10-2008, 06:57 AM   #16
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That is extremely clever!! Its a shame that professional CGI effects studios can't match the realistic feel that a low budget shoot can manage! The DS over the trees with the birds flying passed looked great.
It does remind me of the stuff shot by Neill Blomkamp-look him up on You Tube- he was going to do the Halo movie with Peter Jackson until it was cancelled.

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Old 01-10-2008, 09:05 AM   #17
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Lovely idea and very effective especially the Deathstar and Star Destroyer over the bay.
The technique is called tracking and matchmoving, an FX staple nowadays. The Pro version of Adobe After Effects has this facility where you choose a distinct point in the frame which the software automatically tracks to create position and scaling keyframe information (in seconds rather than all day!) which can then be applied to another video layer (i.e the Death Star image etc) to lock it into the camera movement.

But there's some nice visual/artistic judgement on top of that in the shots, not just technique.
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Old 01-10-2008, 09:49 AM   #18
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Yeah, motion tracking in After Effects Pro or any of a number of similar programs could handle that quite easily. Even knowing how it was done didn't diminish from the awesomeness of the video.

Thread hijack, but here is a little something I prepared earlier, using After Effects:


The phaser and lightsaber were rotoscoped (each frame painted), but the wound was kept (largely) in position with motion tracking.
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Excellent videos. Very impressive.
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Did we not look at this earlier in the year... or is it my memory going again. I love the SW shots. The death star and the Star destroyer... also the Tie Advanced just look great.
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