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May 30, 2007

lsgl: the beacon ignites

by sven at 11:45 pm

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A turning point in the story: the intergalactic distress beacon ignites!

This was a difficult shot. It took two days and (exactly) 50 compositions in AfterEffects to assemble 8 seconds of acceptable film.

There's was a lot to squeeze in:

(I'm posting a larger clip than usual so y'all can actually see the details.)

The beacon's beam, by the way, is based on the "lightning" effect in AfterEffects...

Lightning effects are a bit of a pet peeve for me, actually. The AfterEffects default lightning gets used in amateur films all the time -- and you can pick it out from a mile away. BUT, with adequate tinkering and layering, you can still get something that looks new and different. Just goes to show, AE has nearly unlimited power -- if you're willing to put in the effort.

posted by sven | May 30, 2007 11:45 PM | categories: let sleeping gods lie