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Richard Lutz
You Are Not Alone (Man of Steel)
on Jan 8, 2014 at 8:15:41 pm

Any idea of how to make this?

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Dave LaRonde
Re: You Are Not Alone (Man of Steel)
on Jan 8, 2014 at 10:08:00 pm
Last Edited By Dave LaRonde on Jan 8, 2014 at 10:08:29 pm

Hmmmmm.... lessee here. Do you mean:
  • The nonsensical text characters
  • The B&W images
  • The animated scan lines
  • The distorted text
  • The distored, costumed characters...
...or something else?

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA

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Richard Lutz
Re: You Are Not Alone (Man of Steel)
on Jan 9, 2014 at 1:58:32 am

All of the above.

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Philip Bowser
Re: You Are Not Alone (Man of Steel)
on Jan 9, 2014 at 7:36:30 am

There are a bunch of cool techniques happening here. Other than some After Effects work, there's something that you'll need to do outside of AE.

A lot of what you're seeing uses a technique commonly known as "Datamoshing" on the interwebs.
It's essentially controlled data corruption, a technique where you take the motion of pixels from one video and apply it to another.

The director Nabil used this extensively in this video for Kanye West:

Here's a YouTube tutorial on Datamoshing from a quick google search:

Now to combine it all together. It looks like there was perhaps a base layer made in After Effects, using something similar to the Bad TV Presets with some quick cutting text/footage/carnage. Then rendered out mixed in with some secondary footage of a creepy masked man using the datamoshing technique. Then perhaps that footage may have been rendered out and the process repeated all over again until it's so corrupted. Who knows!

Here's a great plug-in I use a lot when I'm in need of some quick glitches:

Also, something I've done in the past is create a custom "glitch map" using the fractal noise (block settings, making it as square and "digital" looking as possible) and some other distortion filters, pre-compose all of that and using it with the "Displacement Map" effect on footage.

It's very hard to determine EXACTLY what's going on in this Superman video and the source footage they used.. But using a combination of those techniques, some interesting footage to work with, and a little bit of experimentation should get you something looking fairly corrupted and chaotic.

Philip. Bowser

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