When I made “Innocence of Seduction” in 2016, it was a total labor of love- it combined my love of Golden Age comics weirdness, old timey radio dramas and a collage aesthetic, largely made possible because of Adobe’s Character Animator software. I posted the work on Adobe’s forum and by virtue of having a big fan on Character Animator’s development team, I was invited to take part in a “Motion Comics” panel at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con! The panel is at 1 P.M. on opening day, Thursday July 20th, but you can check out the short film Innocence of Seduction here…
…and my corresponding tutorials on how I made the film, and operate within Character Animator, are on my Udemy instructor site!
See you all at Comic-Con International!
New year, new Skillshare classes up! “Working With Titles + Credits In Adobe Premiere Pro” is my second new class this year, one of several Adobe Premiere courses I have in the pipeline.
Adobe Premiere Pro is a powerful video editing tool which also allows you the ability to design titles and credit sequences. This class is meant for the beginning video editor or filmmaker who wants to create title/ credit sequences and templates. We’ll also cover some of the design elements that go into an effective placement of text in our videos.
Sign up here!
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.
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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I just released the final part of my series on Creating Motion Comics on my Skillshare channel. Part 1 involved setting up the artwork and doing basic frame animation in Photoshop; Part 2 covered Adobe Character Animator’s abilities to do motion capture animation using your webcam and your own head. This part is all about putting the whole thing together in Adobe After Effects. Here’s the trailer:
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I love motion comics as an art form- one of those “neither fish nor fowl” kinds of hybrid art styles, where it’s not full animation, not panel comics, but a kind of movie that stays true to the aesthetic of comics.
The Surrealists of the early 20th Century have always been huge influences on my work- I think when I first learned about Man Ray in my photography class, I thought “…friend!” in that pseudo-horror movie way. As I graduated into making video work I wanted to express myself in a similar way as my photography, and learned a handful of techniques that are not too dissimilar from what those Surrealist innovators were doing when they dipped their hands on filmmaking.
“Get Surreal In Adobe Premiere” is a Skillshare class I created that shows how to emulate the Surrealists using Premiere’s tools. The trailer is above, and the full class is over here! I’m proud to be part of Skillshare’s phalanx of amazing teachers creating small, project-oriented online classes.