quinta-feira, julho 23, 2009

Terminator com Cinema4d e After Effects

Mais um trabalho da Imaginary Forces criado pela Karin Fong. E mais uma vez é com grande interesse que vejo que as ferramentas de eleição são as escolhidas pelo Mestrado em Ciências da Comunicação: Audiovisual e Multimédia, o Cinema 4d e o After Effects. Fica uma entrevista da fxguide à equipa da Imaginary responsável pelo genérico do Terminator Salvation (2009).

Deixo um excerto de uma entrevista dada pela Imaginary Forces ao FXGuide a propósito do genérico.
fxg: Let's talk about the main titles - how did you get started with those?

Rod: A lot of the inspiration for the titles came from the machine vision work and from what we were already working on. The titles themselves are big, iconic, heavy pieces that fit into the score that Danny Elfman did. We did our best to work in pixel crawls and glitches to match the other stuff we were doing.

Jeremy: McG loved the original Terminator titles which also had very large type scrolling past screen. He wanted to take that and do a modern version of it. We did some boards of that idea plus a couple of ideas we had.

fxg: What were the techniques you settled on for achieving the titles?

Jeremy: The 3D letters were done in Cinema 4D, composited in After Effects and the title cards were also animated in After Effects.

fxg: What kinds of things were figured out in the boards stage?

Jeremy: We wanted it to start out very vague so that you weren't entirely sure what you were looking at. Then as it progresses you realise they are giant letters and then realise what it will be spelling out. We had that in mind, and the idea of not entirely being sure what material the letters were made out of - glassy, holographic or stone. It's a very odd material and we gave it some digital distortion and digital noise for a unique tone.

fxg: How were those textures done?

Rod: I know we did a lot of experimentation with shaders and layering. A lot of work went into getting the right quality of each letter by the lead titles animator, Charles Khoury.

fxg: It's been happening for a little while, but it's great to see main titles, either at the beginning or the end of films, being part of the storytelling.

Rod: Yeah, mains at the end are becoming more popular these days. I think it's easier to have it happen then. If we can keep people in their chair for another few minutes then we've done our job.

Karin: And I think there's something very emotional for an audience when they see this re-telling of the story done in this way, especially with the large-type titles. It might be years since the first movie, but it's a very recognisable mythology or legend, and it works to play against that sensibility.
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