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Dan Brookwell
Futuristic Computer Effect???
on Jan 13, 2011 at 9:52:34 pm

I am making a short film that calls for someone on a phone and when they send a message, the camera goes into the phone and flies through wires and the inner workings of the phone, then into a large open area (the server) with data numbers passing by every where, then back through more wires and ends with the camera coming back out another phone. AKA the camera followed the text message as it was sent.

Now, Im sure this is probably an advanced effect and I am an intermediate after effects user; but please help as I would love to be able to do this.


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Cory Petkovsek
Re: Futuristic Computer Effect???
on Jan 14, 2011 at 5:49:41 am

You're talking about a whole digitally created scene. There isn't a one-click button to make that. Break it down to the visual beats, then you can tackle them one at a time with your intermediate skill set. You'll likely use a combination of a 3D program and after effects to create the final result.


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Michael Szalapski
Re: Futuristic Computer Effect???
on Jan 14, 2011 at 2:34:02 pm

As Cory said, that's not an effect, that's an entire scene. It will be filled with a whole bunch of effects.
Storyboard it out and start to break it apart into the various parts and then address those parts one by one.

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Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Re: Futuristic Computer Effect???
on Jan 14, 2011 at 3:25:13 pm

Like the posters before mentioned you will need to storyboard, break into shots and design each shot and each transition.
Here's a list of plugins you may choose to use:
3d Stroke- for cables/wires
Particular for 3d signals that leave a trace behind (like the iPod commercial light streaks)
Zaxwerks serpentine- could also be used for 3d cables
Card Dance- use for data that floats in a computer space
Zaxwerks invigorator - 3d shapes and text that can be textured - for various parts in your circuit.
Some techniques you can use:
2.5D compositing - tutorials here on the Cow
3D displacement:
Here's a tutorial that may give you some inspiration as far as transitioning from one area to the next:
Hope that helps

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