Final Post: Cutting out Spiderman

For this project I found this cool project of spiderman jumping onto the street. I decided to rotoscope just his shape out of the scene and change his surrounding to something completely different from what we normally see spiderman in.

Here are the 4 assets I had to combine to create my project:



Mistakes: The first wrong move I made was choosing a low quality video. While using the rotoscope tool i’ve learned that it works better in a video with higher quality.

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Another issue i was having is spiderman was blending in with the street. So it was hard for the roto-scope tool to differentiate spiderman from the street. I had to go over this space under over and over again for almost every clip to try to get his arm cut out correctly.

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Here is the finished product of my spiderman rotoscoped out of the movie:



After rotoscoping spiderman i had to figure out where he was jumping and i i got inspired by this gif  where the person is diving from his realistic world into spongebob underwater world. When spiderman jumps into his underwater world he himself will be a cartoon as well.

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(I must say rotoscoping spiderman as a cartoon was way more easier than rotoscoping the real spider man.)


Using the Pen tool: The goal is to create the shape of the pool in the drone splash video shown above. The reason for this was I did not just want the water to from the picture to look still and boring. When you think of pool water or any body of water for that matter is constantly moving. The pen tool is one annoying tool that you have to have a lot of patience to get it right.

After I got the pen tool down packed, the pool color was too dark. I really loved the color of the pool from the house.jpg. So I changed the opacity of the drone video so both of the pool colors could blend together. Taking this extra step made the pool look like it actually belonged there instead of me placing it there. Screen Shot 2016-05-19 at 6.59.35 PM

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Final Part was just clipping the videos into one video and making everything come together as one.


Here is the finished product:

Comedic Topography

Adding cool topography to one of your favorite movie scenes can look and seem pretty easy can’t it ? Well think again because it is everything but easy. Depending on how fast the person is talking in the scene and how long the scene is can suddenly turn your favorite movie into one of the worst.

I chose a small scene from the movie 40 year old virgin. The store clerk in the customer get into a dispute because the customer is being very annoying and testing the sales clerk patience. Here is the lines from the excerpt:

Romany: You’ve been warned iight. Let’s move forward amicable.

Kevin: Ok boss check this out tho. You throwing to many big words at me. Ok now because I don’t understand them im gon take em as disrespect.

The skit is cute, small and funny. To add the topography to this clip I had to first make the decision of how i would cut up the skit so the words could flow across the screen smoothly. Then like a word document you have to pick out the color of the font, size, stroke, boldness and all other features shown in the photo below. Make sure you pick a color font that is legible throughout the entire screen.

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After you make the type font decisions you have to create a new composition and type the word or sentence to response to the clip you have chosen.

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Once you have all the layering and sentences where it needs to you can now go into each layer and animate them to show up on the screen a certain way.

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You as the director of the little clip that you choose have to pay close attention to the font coloring once cuts happen in between  the scene. You picking one wrong color will ruin the entire project because the font will not be legible for anyone to read and ruin the whole purpose of the topography.

Here is the final clip:


Minions in After Effects

I wanted to show my Minions in a different setting rather than the boring plan background I had in the first gif. So i found this really cool image online of this city in Washington.

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I positioned the minions in different spots and made them move. Whats great about after effects is that we do not have to do as many layering as we have to do in photoshop. We can select the specific object and just add move it in the direction we desire and add a keyframe. It saves a lot of time and energy. Screen Shot 2016-03-09 at 2.41.45 PM

The ending result will my minions waving, jumping, and dancing while playing the guitar. What I have learned from this project is that it is very important to pay attention to they way you cut out your specific objects from the photoshop. Once you add your items to a different background you can notice how bad the the image was not cut out correctly.


I love Minions



How could you not love minions? They are the modern day versions of looney tunes. We see them everywhere, and they were such a huge success from the movie Despicable Me 1 and 2, that Pixar has created a movie showcasing just the minions and where they originated from. They are small cuddly looking creatures that look like the are nice and care bearish. But in reality they thrive off of being involved with a super villain and helping the villain  get away with whichever illegal crime they are trying to commit.

The idea of my poster is to have all 3 minions move some part of their body. Bob will be waving, Kevin will be moving from side to side and Stuart will be moving back and forth like he is dancing to the guitar music he is playing. There is a lot of moving components in the poster that will eventually be a gif. There is a lot of difficulty with this piece because I was creating a different layer for each moving part on the minion which would eventually become confusing with all the different layers and going back and forth between older layers.

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Then the PUPPET WARP tool was introduced to me by the professor. It basically eliminates everything that I was doing in my post. You can find this tool in the edit option on the main tool bar and what it  does is save you the headache by warping the specific object chosen in any direction you choose.

Here are some steps you that may be helpful to you in your projects:

-First cut out all the moving components using either the pen tool or the quick selection tool.

– once you have cut out each moving object in your picture chose one of those items and go to edit in the main menu tool bar. Scroll down to puppet warp and a grid should automatically go over the object you want to warp.

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– once the grid is shown over your object you can put points on the piece of the object that you DO NOT want to move. The last point should where you want the object to move. Then you slowly move the object to another point on the poster.  You repeat the puppet warp steps until your object is moving the way you want it to move.

The only that sucks in photo shop is you have to remember where you put the points because you can’t save and paste the keyframes like you would be able to do in a program like after effects. In the process of doing it my way and the then learning the new puppet warp technique I confused myself and my minions somehow went crazy.



Back to the drawing board to figure out where I went wrong……….

I had to actually map out on paper how i wanted my minions to move to get a better understanding of the photo. I had to find out exactly how many frames does it take for each of my characters to do the movement and what the lowest common denominator would equal how many frames my gif would be as a whole.

ImageOnce I got a better understanding of the way I wanted them to move I know can transport each layer into the time line by only turning on 3 specific layers at a time.