Kodak ColorPlus 200 - Review

I ran out of film a couple weeks ago. Ok, that’s not true. I had one role of Fuji 400H left. But, I figured I couldn’t justify spending $10 a roll trying to capture moving kids on a family vacation. So, I picked up some Kodak ColorPlus 200. Apparently ColorPlus 200 is an older emulsion, and you can tell by the packaging. The film canister looks like it came straight from 1994. I noticed a definite drop in dynamic range compared to pro films, but on bright sunny days, it’s not that big of a deal. On the positive side, this emulsion is beautiful. It’s got a nice vintage flavor and fine grain. A solid film for being under $4 a roll. Here’s a few pics from that first roll, shot around Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA.

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The Bail Project

"On any given night in America, 450,000 people are in local jails without being convicted of a crime — the vast majority of whom are there solely due to financial hardship." - The Bail Project

This short film by Variable by captures the heart of the work being done at the Bail Project. 

Watch and give: https://bailproject.org

Earth Land Mask/Matte - High Resolution and Free

I couldn't find a high resolution earth land mask/matte online, so I hacked one together. You can have it for free! I'm using it for a 3d earth model in Blender. This tutorial below is great, but if you want to zoom in, you're going to need larger textures. This land matte was hard to find in high resolution. You can use it to mask out reflection on the land.

Download Land Mask: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2YvCi82WCwFWmt6dkJtV2VRM0E/view?usp=sharing

NASA has kindly provided all the other high-res textures you will need.

Blender Needs a Better Curve-to-Mesh Tool

I love Blender. It's free. It's powerful. It's open source. And you can create some truly impressive results.

But, if it is going to be a go-to tool for motion designers, we need some more type and text tools.

One of the main frustrations I have is the way it converts imported SVG curves (and text objects) to meshes. Besides being clunky, the topology is almost un-usable if you plan to do anything interesting with it.

 

It makes it nearly impossible to then apply any distortions like displace, bevel, etc. See how weird and stretched out stuff is.

Compare Blender (left) to C4D (right)

Does Blender have any plans to remedy this? Please!

Let me know if you have any info on future plans.

Bodymovin Test

Testing out Bodymovin After Effects to SVG animation exporter. This animation is controlled completly by code! So excited to get this working on a real project.

Logos 7 Explainer

I recently had the privilege of designing and animating this explainer video for Logos 7.  

Here's a few frames from the storyboard:

A few frames from a very early storyboard:

L7-storyboard0.jpg

Faster Grain in After Effects

The Grain (Film Grain) effect in After Effects can make your work look awesome, there's just one problem, it takes forever to render or preview. Here's a hacky workaround that works best for mograph art. It freezes the grain, so it doesn't have to render a new version on each frame.

1. Make a new solid. 50% gray.
2. Put your grain effect on it.
3. Posterize time down to 0 fps.
4. Choose mode: overlay

Voila! 

What color is the idea of software?

I was curious what colors were culturally connected to the idea of "software", so I took some screenshots from Google searches and processed them through Photoshop. Enjoy.

Takeaway: If you are working on a logo, and you want it to stand out, consider breaking the trend.

Colors of software

Colors of software

Colors of food

Colors of food

Colors of fear

Colors of fear

Colors of Jesus

Colors of Jesus

Bible Sounds - Free Kids Video

My friends and I have been working on this project for the last couple months. It's a 10 song animated album of kids music videos that focus on Biblical literacy, the gospel, and the kingdom of God. We're even giving away one of our songs for free on the Kickstarter page: http://bit.ly/biblesounds