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Macohead
Flying over simulated crowd
on Jul 16, 2007 at 1:33:09 am


Hello,

I remember seeing a tutorial a while ago that showed you how to take a small crowd in front of a green screen and fly over them with the camera as if it was a large audience... I know this may seem as simple as duplicating the actors over and over, but I believe this tutorial had a few extra tips to help it appear more realistic..

Does anyone know of this tutorial and where it is located? I can't seem to find it anywhere...

Thanks in Advance!


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Macohead
Re: Flying over simulated crowd
on Jul 16, 2007 at 1:41:25 am


Found it... for those interested its here:
http://www.belief.com/stage/index.php?section=process&project=02.Zoom%20Net...





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spikeyjohn
Re: Flying over simulated crowd
on Jul 16, 2007 at 5:23:43 am

thats a nice one thanks for sharing..where can i find some of his tuts if he has more?? I browse around his website couldnt find it anywhere thanks!@!!


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jkl_editor
Re: Flying over simulated crowd
on Jul 16, 2007 at 5:27:51 am

Hey thanks Macohead. What an awesome little tutorial!


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craigcow7
Re: Flying over simulated crowd
on Jul 16, 2007 at 5:58:47 am

Anyone try it out?

I had some real fun with that one evening. I only wish I had a little better source crowd material.

You really want your footage to be un-cropped on all four sides.


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John Davidson
Re: Flying over simulated crowd
on Jul 16, 2007 at 7:31:02 am

I did - it's at the end of this music video.
We shot the band at various low, high, and mid angles and shot the crowd (10 people) in front of a bluescreen. Using particular, we were able to make a decent crowd. I see flaws in it, but I'm always my worst critic!

http://www.magicfeatherinc.com/DS/PrettyLove1.html

Trapcode is all over that scene. Volumetric lights, particular crowd, particular stars.




John Davidson____ writer | producer | director____http://www.magicfeather.tv


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Macohead
Re: Flying over simulated crowd
on Jul 16, 2007 at 12:36:55 pm


Wow...very well done video! That crowd looks awesome, only "bad" thing I can see in it is from the keying... you can see black between some of the actors fingers, its always hard to key those small spaces out unless you have the key set up perfect.... awesome job altogether tho!! I prob wouldn't have noticed that if it was on TV!






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John Davidson
Re: Flying over simulated crowd
on Jul 16, 2007 at 8:23:12 pm

Thanks - we had a budget of $0 and a crew of 1 (me). The lead singer and I were best friends when we were like, 5, so when I heard that song I decided to head to south Georgia for a weekend to shoot it. A local cable access channel let us sneak in for 3 hours to shoot the bluescreen stuff. The rest was local bars and my parent's cabin.

In regards to the bluescreen, it turned out they didn't have a blue floor or real lights. That was all done with regular old fluorescent lights and 2 soft boxes. It was literally the key from hell. The crowd ended up saving me because they covered the groups legs, which were literally unkeyable on any consistent level.

here is an example of the key I had to work with:
http://magicfeatherinc.com/bs_example.jpg

It was a pain, but I walked away with a decent music video for the reel and they walked out with a video that makes them look like a huge unsigned act.

One note, they recently just signed with a label (a division of Sony).



John Davidson____ writer | producer | director____http://www.magicfeather.tv


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Macohead
Re: Flying over simulated crowd
on Jul 17, 2007 at 12:57:04 pm


Haha holy crap... considering what you were working with you def made quite the impressive video indeed!!


I took a look at your website...you've also got some pretty sweet work on there, good job!

If you're interested you should add a Meta Description tag to your site, as of right now when you do a search for your site on google there is no description under your link... all you'd have to do is add it in the same place as your keywords metatag... i.e.:

Also, its easy to get rid of that "Click to Activate" thing now with embedded Flash movies, take a look here for more info.. http://blog.deconcept.com/swfobject/ ...its really easy to add.


Cheers,
Mike


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John Davidson
Re: Flying over simulated crowd
on Jul 18, 2007 at 6:00:48 am

Thanks! I've been really fortunate to have access to some really fun projects and clients.

per the site -
I like to to leave that page up as just a simple feather to click on - it's just a weird thing I do I guess. I might end up incorporating your advice in a few weeks when I get time. I have a love/hate relationship with my site. I edit it so rarely that I have to relearn flash everytime I touch it...



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