This happens to me time and time again, I get asked to create something dynamic and interesting (or, just simply 'awesome') and am given a handful of still images with which to do it.
This leads to lots of head-scratching and googling for inspiration.
Does anyone have any awesome examples, tutorials or areas of inspiration for creating something awesome from AE using only stills?
I don't want to get specific, becuase this comes up alot and im not looking for anything in particular. But I thought id throw this out there, because Im sure there are plenty of you out there that know of a few cool videos that you would like to share?
The first thought which comes to mind is making a montage out of a single still, but with multiples of that still colorized in different tones. Layouts can vary, and by animating them in After Effects, you can have one still as a "train" of pictures, drifting montages in 3D space, or whatever you can imagine.
The second is making a "3D" version of the still in Photoshop, by cutting various elements (the shot would need elements within it which would lend themselves to being cut out - person, car, grouping of things, etc.), then retouching the background to fill in the cutout, and bringing it in to After Effects. Then move the elements on the z-space, and you've got "3D".
I'd add that you can combine other effects with the multiplane setup -- DoF (especially with the much-improved camera blur in CS5.5), particles, lights, etc. -- to give it more of a surreal, living feel.
In fact, you can do a lot with AE's lighting system and flat photos, too.
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