Jul 25, 2011

i2c Facebook and Twitter

Hey good people!
So Ideas to Creations has extended it's bounds. I got a Facebook page and a Twitter profile where I'll be posting fun stuff like images from projects I'm working on or have worked on, mini-blog posts explaining quick and easy stuff in the 140 word limit, and also it'd be a great chance to interact.

Click the images to visit the repective pages:


Like the Ideas to Creations page and/or follow @i2cblog on Twitter and we can start having some creative fun!

Also, I'll be taking a short break from posting on the blog. I have a few projects I need to finish so I won't have time to fill the blog, though I will be posting some behind the scenes images on Twitter and Facebook (when I'm allowed) and I'll also be throwing some vibe there so go ahead and Like/Follow to keep track of what's going on!

Thanks a lot for stopping by and reading this!
Really appreciate it, guys!

Jul 22, 2011

Video - Feel the Void Ident Concept

Hey people, new video! XD
In this one I'm showing a potential ident for our videos, you know, the longer ones. I created this one in Cinema4D, created the sound in Soundbooth and merged everything in After Effects then added the sound.
YES! SOUND!! I'm sure you know how excited I am.

Jul 20, 2011

Test - Magic Circles

Hey peoples!
So we're in the middle of work on a relatively big project. As my part as the VFX artist, I'm working on some concepts for magic circles. They're like elements that appear whenever someone does something with magic. It happens in a few games but mostly in anime like Full Metal Alchemist, Fairy Tail and even Naruto (Summoning and Neji's 64 trigams technique):

Full Metal Alchemist
Fairy Tail
I love the one on Full Metal Alchemist. It looks very math-oriented (if that makes sense), while Fairy Tail's is complex and symmetrical, and Neji's is very simple but still looks pretty cool!

I decided to go with the FMA look. Here's my first attempt:

Before I get into animating it (just spinning around subtly) I thought I'd get some opinions on it! I'm also working on other concepts that I'll share a bit later.

What do you think? Do you also have some designs of your own? Or advice to give?
Drop a comment below, or like and comment on the Facebook page, there's also a Twitter @i2cblog

Jul 14, 2011

Create a 3D Scene in After Effects

Hey peoples!
In this fun post, we're going to look at how to create the 3D illusion using red-blue glasses (old school style) and also how to create the 3D glasses to view the scene!

Jul 13, 2011

DISCUSS: Recommend Scripts

Hey guys, welcome to the first instance of the Discuss tag, where you contribute!
They say that there comes a point in your life when you realize the need for certain things.
We realized the need for the knowledge of expressions, and now as we grow, I think it'd be great step to pick up on scripts.

I've heard about scripts, actually only used Video Copilot's TrimCompose. I've noticed how useful scripts are and have seen around on sites like AEScript and Nitro4D that they are important.

So, what script do you use on a regular?
What scripts do you think we should get our hands on?
Have your own script that you'd like to share?

Tell us in the comment section, on Facebook, or @i2cblog on Twitter!!

For anyone wondering, scripts are little pieces of code that tell a program to do something. Probably the simplest explanation that seems to make it pointless, scripts are EXTREMELY useful! So do trivial things like removing unsused layers or chopping invisible layers, while others optimize projects, help make complex processes easier and so on.
For example, there's "Expression Timeline" which lets you create complex expressions that apply only at a certain time period before it stops, or another expression takes effect!

So people, recommend some scripts for us in the comment section below, on the Facebook page, or @i2cblog on Twitter! There will be a future post consolidating all your posts to one XD

Thanks in advance!

Jul 12, 2011

Resource: Color Scheme Assistants

Hey people!
Sometimes picking a color scheme for a project can be... difficult! You can't always have a solution, especially if a client is very specific about what they want, or looking for a color that would compliment a specific color.

Well, there's lots of solutions out there to assist in picking the correct colors using various methods.

Jul 8, 2011

Video Copilot Reveals New Plugin "Element"

Hey people!
The guys over at Video Copilot have released a video for their upcoming plugin: Element. It's going to be a 3D particle system that will add some features that AE has needed for a long time. Check out the teaser video on Video Copilot
It's amazing how they continue to innovate VFX for all of us non-Hollywood artists. This includes with their previous products like Twitch, Action Essentials, and, best of all, Optical Flares. With all these from them, Element is bound to be another brilliant plugin

Some shots of Element at work::

What do you think? Drop a comment below, or like and comment on the Facebook page