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Andrew Feliu
"Talk Soup" motion background
on Apr 7, 2010 at 4:04:54 pm

I have a rather specific request that I'm having problems with. I've recently been given the task of creating a motion background for a green screen show. They're wanting it to look exactly like the old "Talk Soup" background. Here's an example:



My current company has Final Cut Studio 3 with Motion 4. I haven't used Motion in years and have no clue how to go about doing this. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks


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Mark Spencer
Re: "Talk Soup" motion background
on Apr 7, 2010 at 4:20:32 pm

Frankly I'd recommend hiring someone with some motion graphics experience to design it for you - nobody is going to be able to give you a step-by-step to create a project from scratch. Or if you have time, work through some tutorials or books on Motion to learn how to use the program.

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Mark Spencer
Freelance Producer/Editor/Motion Graphics Artist
Apple-certified Master Trainer
Author, Motion 4 from Peachpit Press
http://www.applemotion.net


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Andrew Feliu
Re: "Talk Soup" motion background
on Apr 7, 2010 at 6:09:59 pm

I'm not in need of step by step instructions and I know my way around Motion just fine. It has just been a minute and I'm unfamiliar with the new version. I was simply looking for a nudge in the right direction. The Apple Pro Training book for Motion 4 is in the mail. Just looking for a more direct answer.


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Mark Spencer
Re: "Talk Soup" motion background
on Apr 8, 2010 at 12:02:53 am

Okay, sorry if I sounded harsh - just sounded like you were very new to Motion...

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Mark Spencer
Freelance Producer/Editor/Motion Graphics Artist
Apple-certified Master Trainer
Author, Motion 4 from Peachpit Press
http://www.applemotion.net


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Stephen Smith
Re: "Talk Soup" motion background
on Apr 7, 2010 at 4:22:49 pm

I think you could build this in FCP or Motion. I would do it in Motion. To make the bowl you could use the circle shape tool. Add a gradient. Then add two more circle shapes, one for the inner bowl and one for the black circle in the bowl. If you don't want to do that I bet you could buy one on istockphoto for 10 bucks. Take some pictures of spoons. Add the Colorize filter and turn to bright colors. Add a slight rotation and then have them dissolve in and out in random places. Change the background color to white. Hope this helps and best of luck.




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Mark Spencer
Re: "Talk Soup" motion background
on Apr 7, 2010 at 4:26:53 pm

Okay, so many some kind soul WILL give you a step-by-step :-)

That would be a good start - to get the elements to animate "exactly like" the Talk Soup background will take some more work...

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Mark Spencer
Freelance Producer/Editor/Motion Graphics Artist
Apple-certified Master Trainer
Author, Motion 4 from Peachpit Press
http://www.applemotion.net


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Andrew Feliu
Re: "Talk Soup" motion background
on Apr 7, 2010 at 6:17:20 pm

I think we've all been in a situation where we've spent many hours throwing something together only to find out there was a much simpler way. Motion has a lot of toys and I'd hate to kill an afternoon only to later find out I could have used a built in graphic to complete the project. A bit more fun to figure it out, but not nearly as efficient.


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Andrew Feliu
Re: "Talk Soup" motion background
on Apr 7, 2010 at 6:12:29 pm

Thanks man, I'll give it a shot.


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Mark Suszko
Re: "Talk Soup" motion background
on Apr 8, 2010 at 2:12:57 pm

Something Stephen taught me leads me to think you can maybe speed up your proces in re-creating this look by re-purposing certain canned content in Motion. Look up the "bokeh" effect in Motion 3 for instance, then use the image source replace function to swap the round object with say, a png file of the silhouette of a spoon. From there it is a matter of blend mode selection and colorizing to get you at least part of your way there.


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