My First Special Effects Film on Premiere Elements

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Leepy
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Hello there

First time user. I've recently stopped shooting my shorts on 16mm film and have moved over to digital (mini DV). I couldn't believe the power of digital editing/shooting. I use Premiere Elements on my home PC. I got so excited when I realised that Premiere Elements could do blue screen that I embarked on my first special effects film. I thought: what's the simplest monster I can create and manipulate with blue screen? The short is called Doodlebug and you can see it here:

http://www.virginmediashorts.com/film/1543551325

The process took ten months; I'm very proud what we managed to achieve, at home(!) on such a low budget (fifty pounds).

My quick question is: I'd like to take my special effects film making at home to the next level. Premiere Elements isn't really a compositing/animation programme; it's an editing package with a little blue screen application embedded in there.

So, which reasonably priced PC based software would you recommend, please, specifically for creating special effect shorts (animation and blue screen)?

Thanks for this

Lee :)

Graham Risdon
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Joined: Dec 29 2004

Lee

Excellent - very creative, well-shot and entertaining! I guess the film background leads to a more planned approach?

Regarding software, do you need anything more if you can produce that with Elements:)

OK, assuming you do, have a look at Elements big brother Premiere Pro and the sister compositing program, After Effects. If you're used to Adobe stuff, you'll feel at home with these straight away although AE has a bit of a learning curve. After Effects has some good keying tools in it and if you get the CS3 Production Studio, it includes Ultra a specialist keying program which does a good job including shadows etc

I don't really know much about other tools (I'm sure others on the forum can fill you in) but I'm happy using the Adobe tools as I'm familiar with them and they intergate with each other so well.

Hope this helps

Leepy
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Joined: Jun 2 2008

Hi Graham

You're the second person to mention After Effects to me! So I'm going to look into that. I'll get Googling tonight!

Glad you liked the story. Yes, I did storyboard this, but I didn't complete the storyboard before I began. I storyboarded as I went along, literally doing each shot as it came. I didn't realise it would take ten months!

Right - After Effects!

Thanks again.

Leepy

Graham Risdon
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Joined: Dec 29 2004

Hi Lee

Have a look at http://www.adobe.com/designcenter/video_workshop/

Some good tutorials on After Effects. the puppet tool may be interesting for you...

Have fun!

fuddam
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Joined: Nov 19 2005

if you want to be inspired by AE especially used in telling stories, the best place you could go on the web is videocopilot.net - seriously.

watch some of the 50+ tutorials he has online, all free. will def inspire you

:)

Wicked
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Joined: May 9 2005

Ditto videocopilot. It is an amazing site and if you spent ten months making the Doodlebug film you will have kittens when you see some of the stuff you are taught to do by Mr Kramer. I hope you're not married because if you are I think you may well end up seeing a divorce lawyer. You may well suddenly find that your life is completely absorbed into the possibilities....:D

fuddam
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Joined: Nov 19 2005

lol @ Wicked

the thing is, he be not far from the truth.......

Bob Aldis
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I thought it was really entertaining and well made. I don't think it was too long, but there were a few sequences that lost the interest for a while. I'm sure that your 10 months was not solid working so not at all excessive for the results.

If you do take on more software make sure that you use it for time saving and not to make the effects more elaborate and smoother. If you are not careful you will throw out the baby with the bathwater.

Oh and now that you have gone public I would tie your leading actor down to a contract before he gets too expensive for you ;)

BobA

Bob Aldis