Filmsupply Editing Challenge
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Filmsupply is a stock footage website that puts on an editing challenge every year. The challenge is that you must create an edit using up to 40 clips from their entire library. I came up with the idea for a sci-fi psychological thriller of being alone and trapped in outer space.
Adobe Make the Cut Editing Contest
A while back I came across a music video editing contest put on by Adobe with the band Imagine Dragons. My biggest hurdle, other than never having edited a music video before, was that the deadline was in less than 48 hours. I thought why not give it a shot. So I downloaded all the footage and put this together in about 24 hours.
Sun Budder Ad
I was contracted to write, film, and edit a short ad for Oil Me North‘s Sun Budder product. With my expertise mainly being in post production, I took on the challenge of also filming and utilizing unique shots. Check out the blog section to see my behind the scenes of getting the shots I wanted.
Offering mainly post production services I don’t really have a lot of shooting equipment aside from a basic camera setup. So when an opportunity comes up to get a little creative with shots, I will typically take on the challenge. This was one of those situations. I knew exactly what I wanted to do, but just needed to figure out what I already had to use at home to make the shot work. A good cruiser skateboard and a smooth plank of wood will always make an impromptu dolly.
The Escape Effect Game Intro
I was contracted to take existing assets (images & VO) and, utilizing After Effects, to create an animated introduction to the interactive Sherlock room for The Escape Effect, in Orlando, FL.
I was contacted by the non profit organization WiseTribe to put together some motion graphics elements that could be used for their online presence.
The Beautiful Lies Documentary
“THE BEAUTIFUL LIES” IS A DOCUMENTARY THAT SHINES A REVEALING LIGHT ON THE COSMETIC AND BEAUTY INDUSTRY. IT SHOWCASES THE PASSION OF ENTREPRENEURS IN THESE PROFESSIONS DOMINATED BY MAJOR MANUFACTURERS. THIS IS A MOTIVATIONAL FILM FOR ALL OF ANY PROFESSIONALS TO SEE THERE DREAMS COME TRUE. SHOWING THE UPS AND DOWNS, PEAKS AND VALLEYS AND WITH IS REALLY NEEDED TO FOLLOW YOUR OWN PATH IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP.
JOTOVI DESIGNS INC. – ANDY MATTHIAS – MATTHEW MARQUEZ
Real Estate Color Grade
I did a grading project for a real estate client. The footage was shot as RAW DNG image sequences on a Canon 5D. My initial thought was, “Great! just import the sequences natively into DaVinci Resolve and do everything right there!” No matter what I tried, I still felt like something was off, I wasn’t getting the results that I wanted. The initial video was really dark (as you can see in the video attached), so that might have had something to do with it. What I needed was a well balanced starting point, then give it the mood. What I found worked really good, and seemed to have a ton of control over the image, was importing the sequences into After Effects first. That way I could pre-grade in the Adobe RAW adjustment panel to give me the balanced starting point I wanted. I then exported them back out, brought them into Resolve for the final grading pass.
Here is the video, showing the original clip and final result.
Patch Tracking & Composite
I was hired to track and composite a logo patch onto the lab coats of doctors in various shot of a promo video. I initially tried variations of the built-in tracker in After Effects but wasn’t getting the quality that I wanted. So I upped my tracking game to Mocha. That worked like a charm. It maintained the perspective of the patches and also allowed me to modify the shape of the patch in Photoshop to match the shape and distortion on any jacket folds.
It was great to actually have a green patch to track because I could also use that as a key to composite the patch behind the video layer and not have to worry about masking out the overlap from the collars and stethoscopes.
Cleaning out the hard drives I came this set of footage from a few years back of a short titled “Susannah”. It was shot on the original RED camera system and was offered to editors through opencut.org. Since I had all the original footage I thought I might as well edit the story. I also used this as an experiment for workflow. The edit was done in Final Cut Pro X as well as the sound design. I sent a proxy render over to After Effects to create the titles, then brought them back into Final Cut. I then sent an XML over to DaVinci Resolve for the final color grade. Once in Resolve’s editor, I did notice the audio work I did as well as the title clips from After Effects were not recognized. So I deleted the unsupported clips and focused just on the picture. Once the grade was complete I then rendered out a 422 HQ master with no sound and brought that back into Final Cut to lay over the original edit. That way I could still use the good sound design I created before as well as the titles from After Effects.
Written & Directed by: Evan Nicholas
Producers: Dennis Shin and Evan Nicholas
Executive Producers: Joe Carnahan and Torrey Loomis
Director of Photography: Brian Hamm
AC/DIT: Ryan Todd
AD: ￼ Paul Damen
Sound Engineer: Tyler Sabbag
PAs: James Gauntt and Frank Kearl
“Ed” ￼ Ben Bray
“Jacob” Johnny Bogris
“Penelope” Kazandra Santana
Nicaragua GoPro Edit
Well, I finally got the GoPro out into some real surf. Spent a week down in Nicaragua and surfed various spots around the Popoyo area. All of this footage is from Popoyo reef.
Special thanks to Waves of Love for housing and feeding us for a week.