May 18, 2011

Getting that Job...

Hey people!

Being creative seems like the best job in the world. Being paid to make art and mess around sounds like a plan, and when you're freelancing you're pretty much on your own schedules and so on.
It sounds like a lot of fun at first, but I've found people who got lost in freelancing and became too lazy to actually take on a proper job regularly, only when they were broke. There's been people who go from freelancing to work and can't cope. There's also those who can't get clients at all.

The creative industry can be crazy! Perhaps the hardest part is differentiating yourself from the crowd.
If Feel the Void was hiring, even though I'm not as skilled as the big company guys, I think I'd still look for people with good criteria and who stand out from the crowd.

One of the biggest mistakes people make is going into sites like Video Copilot or the tutsplus Network and just do tutorials all day. Well, there's nothing worse than going through someone's portfolio and finding the Ring (which is a very common one) and generally stuff that we've seen before. Speaking of the Ring, I once saw a video from a student which was a logo for a company, but had the same flat and round elliptical effect of "the ring" when the camera was in perspective. It looked very awkward and unprofessional.

I won't ramble about tutorials right now, since I talked about it in my article "Working with Tutorials" a while ago. So go check that out if you haven't already. John Dickinson has a short but very quick article on such things on his website Motionworks.

Simply put: Create original works! Don't do tutorials, anyone can do tutorials. Why should I pick you if I can just pick someone off the streets and have them do tutorials. They'd produce pretty much the same thing.
So what makes you different?

Or rather, how can you make yourself different?

Spread the Creativity

One way could be to take on the very creative approach by Jacques Nyemb of creating a funny but still creative and informative portfolio. If creativity is your work, why not show it in your application and CV.

There's more stuff you can see from this Google Search.

Don't just be creative, show your abilities in other fields other than being creative

There's an awesome article on CGtuts+ which applies to creatives in general titled "What Should be in Every Designer's Portfolio (that Probably Isn't)"
Basically, Harrison Ambs explains how not only do you have to be good at what you do, you should also be good at problem solving! If a client came with a ridiculous requirement that probably goes beyond your ability, would you strive to learn what you need to learn, go the extra mile and, most importantly, would you be capable enough to solve and handle problems on your own?

In one of Andrew Kramer's tutorials, "Blast Wave", he talks about how he figured most people would be able to pull of the effect, but saw it right to demonstrate the process of trial and error and solving problems as you go along, rather than sticking to scenarios that you're used to.

And that's what being creative is all about. You won't always get stuff you've done before. Someone could come and say "I want to create a sci-fi movie that's never been done before." Would you be able to handle such a case? And if not, why not? You know the software, you have the resources like stock images and stock footage, so why not?
When you're being interviewed, the interviewer is probably indirectly asking these questions. Show that you are not only capable to do what you do, but also to grow as you work and solve problems.

Do you think there's more to getting a job than just that?
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May 17, 2011

CC Particle World Producer and Nulls

Hey guys!
Most users I've met thus far are big fans of Trapcode Particular. If you've roamed around the net you'll notice everyone suggest as soon as you get into After Effects it's best to download it, rather than be tortured by the other particle systems. In fact some discourage you from using Particle World at all!
Well, sometimes a budget can be tricky to come across and we have to use CC Particle World. So in this post, I'm going to be showing you how to make the producer follow a Null, just like Trapcode can.

May 16, 2011

Shoot for Return of the Void

So yesterday we shot a video that involves our love for Android and also our hatred of over-hyped, useless apps. It was a random and very risky shoot, but we all had fun and everyone got home in one piece.

The video will be coming out with the Return, which should be sometime in the middle of next month. We'll have a new set of videos with new effects and flossing some of the skills we've picked up!

Wish I could say more but it'd kill all the psyche!

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May 15, 2011

Match Moving + MoDynamics = Awesome!

Hey guys!
So lately I've been learning Cinema 4D! I'm amazed by all the different things that C4D can do, especially MoDynamics and the very fun-to-use MoGraphs.
So, at some point, I thought: Why not use match-moving and Cinema to create an interesting MoDynamics animation.
The idea was born, now it was time to pull it off. And here it is!

Wow, I'm so proud.
The original footage was shot at 1440 x 1080 but later shrunk to 960 x 720 which REALLY helped with tracking. I got a hpix of 0.5! Coming from the 0.87 that I had for Holographic 4
I faced a few problems along the way, but also learnt a lot concerning match-moving and compositing.

-SynthEyes for Match Move aka 3D Track
-C4D for 3D Objects
-After Effects for Color Correction and Masking

Some screenshots: (click to view larger)

(floors colored blue for illustration)

Also, the beginning logo for the video uses Interfere, my RGB-spilt+distort animation preset ;-)
It took 3 hours to render this short clip on my laptop of:
AMD Turion64 x2 @ 2.2GHz, 3GB RAM, Nvidia 8400M GS (256MB).
Nothing really to show off about, and yes it did come pretty close to overheating!

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May 11, 2011

53 - Metamorphosis

Hey guys!
So here's some work I did a few days ago, in order to catch up with 53:

These images were inspired by the awesomeness of one of my Flickr contacts Human Descent, check out his work, it's ridiculously awesome!

Merging animals is a very tricky task, mainly because you have to consider a lot of things: lighting, shadows, textures, colours, contrast... argh!
It seems my good days of photo manipulation have helped a lot. Oh, here are the original images from my stock collection.

Also, thanks everyone for stopping by! Yesterday I hit 10,000 views which I think is flipping AWESOME!! Thanks to everyone for stopping by and everyone who linked to this blog and dropped comments. Really appreciate it.


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May 9, 2011

Return of the Void

You read it right!?
We at Feel the Void have been out and about experimenting on different fields. VFX, script writing, sound tracks and photo editing.
There have been experiments and lots of messing around and now it's time to put it to the test!
The Void is coming back. Stay tuned here for behind-the-scenes info and announcements, and also on the wordpress site linked above.

Really looking forward to it :-D
I'll slowly be throwing out teaser images from our shoots!

If you haven't seen our work, head over to the Facebook page and check out the Videos tab and catch up!

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May 7, 2011

Awesome Movie - Bear Force One

One cool thing about following awesome people like freddiew and CorridorDigital is that you get to see the stuff the favorite/like in the news feed. Here's a pretty cool 25-min movie that may at first seem horribly produced but when you get the hang of the style it's actually quite hilarious and entertaining!

It's embedded here but I suggest you watch it on Youtube

Sit back and enjoy, and grab some popcorn!

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