Thursday, March 22, 2012

If Only I Were Somewhere...Different

Compositing is the new order of the day! As we will shortly be doing a great deal of compositing I did some looking around for a tutorial full of useful tips. Naturally it is nice and long but gives a lot of tips on changing and shaping your subject and environment to fit each other realistically. Visually matching footage for compositing is like therapy for imagery. You can only push an image with adjustment layers, lights, effects and 3D distortion so far before it can no longer be taken seriously and so you've got to try and find the point where the subject and environment compromise.

In our case the environment is already set and so we must make sure our subject is already visually close enough to the environment that you don't have to push it very far to find that point of agreement. However I didn't post any green screen lighting and shooting tutorials because I imagine you've all seen too many of those already! The Advanced Chroma Keying and Compositing tutorials deal only with compositing while the third video, Danse Dance, is a short and fun piece done by simply compositing looped footage.

DanseDance from Julien Vallée on Vimeo.

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