Forever Classic

This image spot for Fox Classics channel won the Silver Award for Best On-Air Ident Design (In-House) and was top three in the Best Television Image Promo category ย at the 2006 Promax|BDA Awards in Sydney.

The entire spot was created in After Effects. The footage was treated using a combination of Levels, Gaussian Blur, Tinderbox 3 Find Edgesย and Silk effects. I rotoscoped each actor at 5fps and used the Time Blend effect to create the echo. Some of the backgrounds are stock images, but most are from the actual movies. I took a bunch of frames and cloned them together in Photoshop to create clean plates. I then placed the recreated scene on the front of a cube behind the actor in 3D space.

It’s pretty effective, especially with the Robert Redford shot where he looks as if he’s walking out of the diner door and the My Fair Lady dancing shot. I particularly like the Planet of the Apes shot where the water wraps around Charlton Heston as he kneels in the sand.

Discuss
  1. Greg B
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    Thanks for posting this,

    I was attending for the first 15-20 minutes, but had to leave due to reasons beyond my control.

    gonna check this out now ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Tine
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    Question…how and why did you convert the video to targa sequences as opposed to importing them as quicktime clips? Does it eliminate the need to deinterlace video, better resolution, etc.?

  3. JD
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    I exported the footage from a Flint system as TGA sequences since (our) Flint doesn’t support Quicktime. It makes no difference to deinterlacing, resolution etc.

  4. Jim W
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    Hey John…
    I just checked this out. I read about it long ago in the CCow mag but wanted to see your presentation – you said you banged out all the roto in an hour?!? Is that true? If so, nice work. That seems crazy fast to me.

  5. JD
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    That’s right Jim, me and my team of 1000 ๐Ÿ˜‰ No way, it took a couple of weeks to do the rotoscoping.

  6. Jim W
    Reply

    LOL, that makes me feel better.
    Take care.

  7. GeTemp
    Reply

    just asking how did you make video like a cartoon? Thanks

  8. JD
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    GeTemp, if you watch the seminar, I explain it ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. illd
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    Thanks, for letting us view over your shoulder.

    I love this Projekt, but I hate the Idea to rotoscope for weeks. Although it is hard to explain that to a customer, why it took so long ๐Ÿ™‚
    Anyway, it was worth the time!

  10. illd
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    Hello JD,

    i was thinking about the issues with rotoscoping in this Projekt and AE in general. Then i remembered a script for AE that I saw months ago.

    Follow this Link: http://www.nabscripts.com/Downloads/downloads_en_3.php?id=3

    and you will find a script called “rototool”. It can convert Maskpoints to trackpoints and vica verca.

    Although its in French, the help button (?) explains it in english.

    Because the Tracker in AE hates me ;), I couldnt figure out the value of this script.

    What do you think about it?

  11. GIOFKOS
    Reply

    BECAUSE MY INTERNET CONNECTION IS VERY SLOW, IS THERE A WAY TO DOWNLOAD THE RECORDING, FOR LATER USE?

  12. ghuri
    Reply

    JD,

    can u please make it downloadable? it will be a great help for those who has a slow connection.

    thanks.

  13. JD
    Reply

    Sorry, I only have access to the online Flash version.

  14. Mark Spencer
    Reply

    Excellent tutorial, John – really enjoyed it.

  15. Josh Johnson
    Reply

    Hey John great work! I had one question what was the workflow for AE to PS to AE with video? Is it because you have photoshop exteneded?

    thansk

  16. JD
    Reply

    Hey Josh,
    I didn’t use Photoshop Extended because this was done before it had been released. I imported individual frames from a tga sequence into Photoshop as individual documents.

    Best, JD

  17. Josh Johnson
    Reply

    Great thanks John! I just now discovered your website its a great resource. Thank you very much for your hard work and tutorials. I plan to donate in the future.

  18. mariana
    Reply

    heey jd! you are really good at this… please answer how to cut out the figures just like you did ? or if someone knows please let me know. Thanks cheers!

  19. John Dickinson
    Reply

    Hi Mariana, that was all done through standard rotoscoping (using masks) in After Effects.

  20. mariana
    Reply

    Hey Mr. JD I never tought you could answer so fast! I really apreciate your answer and sure I will work hard on rotoscoping and please keep doing tutorials and seminars like this because are so usefuul. Cheers! thanks.

  21. thpriest
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    very interesting tutorial content as far as your approach to the work goes and techniques used. the problem is that the e-seminar (using acrobat i believe) is not the best way to give the tutorial. it’s slow and clumsy. your work deserves better!
    anyway, thx for the tutorial

  22. John G.
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    Hi Jon,

    Had a question about your camera rig (which is awesome by the way!!). Does the camera always have to be set to “Orient toward POI” for this rig to work? Wasn’t sure if that was a requirement. Thanks again. ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. John Dickinson
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    Hey John, that’s not a requirement for this camera rig.

  24. marimuthu
    Reply

    Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks

  25. John Dickinson
    Reply

    Good to hear Vikash, thanks for the feedback. Best, John.

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