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Andrew GriffinDragan effect using Video
by on Feb 22, 2011 at 4:02:16 am

Hi, I've been scouring the interweb for a resource on how to recreate the *DRAGEN* effect using a female model moving to the camera, "http://weblog.evasee.com/wpcontent/uploads/2006/04/andrzej%20dragan.jpg" there are plenty of really useful tutorials and resources for 'Photography' recreation but zero info on how to transfer a similar effect to Video using after effects.

I'm using a video which was shot on green screen and has been keyed-out from it's black background using Luma and various other filters and I'm left with a transparent video of a female model, I'd be eternally grateful if anyone has any thoughts on how I can breath fresh life into this video and give it some depth and make it rock by enabling be to attempt the DRAGEN effect using my video.

Cheerios. Bryn.


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Joey ForemanRe: Dragan effect using Video
by on Feb 22, 2011 at 12:18:44 pm

Sorry but your link doesn't seem to work.

Joey Foreman
Editor/Compositor/VFX Artist


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Andrew GriffinRe: Dragan effect using Video
by on Feb 22, 2011 at 12:51:17 pm

Hey Joey, you can try these:

http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Dragan-effect/217906
http://andrzejdragan.com/

I just love the way the colors and highlights become so striking and create such a rich visual style.
Something similar is the styling for 300 and Sin City.

Hope you can view the links if only for the beauty of the work.

Cheers Bryn.


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Joey ForemanRe: Dragan effect using Video
by on Feb 22, 2011 at 4:52:40 pm

How to get video that looks like that? Shoot on film and scan it in, or rent a Red camera with the best prime lenses and a professional lighting kit.

What you're seeing is richness in skin detail, and a very wide latitude (detail retention from shadows to highlights).

You're just not going to get those from a prosumer HD cam with a stock lens and set of "looks" plug-ins.

Don't mean to be presumptuous. Maybe those tools are within your reach. If so, that's the way to go.

Joey Foreman
Editor/Compositor/VFX Artist


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Andrew GriffinRe: Dragan effect using Video
by on Feb 22, 2011 at 5:36:33 pm

Thanks for the prompt response. Long shot I know but worth a try, I'm already digging and delving into various color corrections using 3rd party resources and the results are better than I thought.

Thanks for your chain of thought.

Bryn.


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Cory PetkovsekRe: Dragan effect using Video
by on Feb 22, 2011 at 8:04:20 pm
Last Edited By Cory Petkovsek on Nov 5, 2014 at 11:37:46 am

It's also color graded. You need a great camera with high latitude, high resolution, a flexible recording codec (like red raw) and great lighting as Joey said. Then the colors are manipulated in post to produce the effect. 300 has a severely modified color palette and gamma curve which gives it that surreal look.

Cory

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