This is driving me nuts!
Having difficulty creating decent stage lighting. So far I've been able to somewhat fake a 3D lighting effect using nested comps and blending modes.
Is there a good tutorial anyone can recommend?
Scene is : Curtain opens, character steps into spotlight.
I'll guess that you have several 3D planes going on: the closest is the curtain, followed by the stage floor, which is surrounded by the back stage wall and the wings. Into all of this walks the subject, presumably shot on chroma key.
If that's the situation, you may want to nest the stage layers in their own 3D comp, keeping the curtain and the subject in the main comp. As far as lighting everything goes, it's primarily a situation of doing it.
Chris Meyer, a gent who has been using AE since Version #1 -- the application created by CoSA and for which he and his wife have been writing training books for years -- says there's a secondary reason why there's a 3 in 3D in After Effects: it takes three times as long to work with things.
Could this be your predicament?
Former Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA
Thank you for the info Dave! No kidding, its taking 3 times as long, lol! I am nesting 3 separate 3D comps. One is the character with animated light, the other is the open curtain with its own spot light ( mimicking the position of the characters light ) then theres the stage floor lights which I've created using layers, masks and transfer modes. Sheesh.
Trapcode would be the perfect solution for this scene.