Feast of Fury! – a short film created for the Independent Filmmakers of Phoenix Breakout Challenge! One month to write, film, edit a 6 minute piece with a randomly assigned prop (tennis racket) and phrase (”Quantum mechanics are easy…”). Featuring @luxbotlacheln Olivier Zahm, Jessica Kelley + her baby, Patton Werner, my wife and children, and a bunch of puppets.
This was a lot of fun to make, and it was an enormous learning experience for me. There’s a showing alongside all the other films involved in the challenge this Thursday in a Harkins movie theater and just the opportunity to have my kids see themselves on the big screen will make it all worth it.
This week’s class on my Skillshare channel is all about one of my favorite ways to animate things- by using photos in Adobe Character Animator, a subprogram of Adobe After Effects.
In this course we use a series of photographs to create an animated talking head in Adobe After Effects and Character Animator. We’ll cover mouth shapes, layer placement, syncing an audio track to lips or creating your own audio for your puppet to voice.
Signup is here!
In honor of my favorite haunted holiday, I’ve made a bunch of free enrollment coupons for the Adobe courses on my Skillshare channel. This lets people who are not Skillshare members be able to view the course without registering or paying even the .99 trial membership.
There are around 5 free enrollments each at the time of this writing! Click the course title to claim the free coupon.
Speed Up Your Workflow in Adobe Lightroom
How To Use Adobe Lightroom For Video
Bring Out the Details In Your Photos with Tone Mapping in Adobe Photoshop
Get Surreal In Adobe Premiere
This week’s new addition to my Skillshare channel is Sound Design #1: Ambient Vocal Soundscapes.
In this series on Sound Design we will focus on music, ambient textures, and sound effects used in filmmaking. In Part 1, we cover how to create ambient soundscapes from human voices. These soundscapes are great for use in film, as prominently featured in the 2012 Dredd during slow motion sequences, or as stand-alone music pieces.
The program we are utilizing is called Paul’s Extreme Sound Stretch and you can download the program here.
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This week’s addition to my Skillshare tutorial channel is Retouching Portraits in Photoshop and Lightroom. It’s easily the most requested topic I get for the classes I teach in person.
In any portrait photography, it’s a give that there will be some facial retouching to make your subjects look their best. This Skillshare course cover the basics of both Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom for retouching skin, enhancing eyes, color correction and more!
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It’s been close to a year since I started my Skillshare channel and at the time of this writing I’m offering 17 classes, from Photography to Video Editing to Sound Mixing to Ceramics to Illustration. It seems like a variety of things but to me it’s all art, mostly involving pixels and waveforms. When you’ve been doing stuff for a long time, you pick up a number of useful skills, and that’s the overall premise of Skillshare.
The Skillshare site itself encourages people to create bite-sized, project oriented classes that are complete in themselves, which is understandable- I myself check the run time of a class, and if it’s over 45 minutes, no matter how interested I am in the topic, I’ll probably skip it.
I was able to get 5 tutorials up in September, and my goal for the rest of the year is to continue with 1 new class a week. Some classes have been very broad and beginner-level, others- like my Motion Comics series or Design A Character Based On An Ancient Culture– have been very targeted and based on personal projects I’ve been working on.
At this point I want to ask anyone out there: what would you like to see a tutorial on? Basic stuff, m0re photography, more video, sound editing, process videos of someone creating a piece of art? Let me know in the comments below!