I linked up with The Council to edit their video for the song “Council Arts”. After receiving the footage I saw that a lot of the group and solo shots were against a black backdrop on a tripod with fixed zoom. I saw an opportunity to add a dynamic element to it by adding in some digital camera moves in After Effects - here’s how i did it:
- So first I had to create the landscape of the scene essentially, or else what would the camera slide across to show? Nothing, that’s what! I achieved this by using stock AE plugin CC repetile to repeat and invert the footage along the x axis only so I could slide along horizontally in any direction.
- I then created a 3D Camera and parented it to a null object for better control. When you parent a camera to a null object you don’t have to worry about the camera’s point of interest value.
- Next I plotted the camera moves along the timeline. I initially used a random after expression to generate the moves but it didn't always land where I wanted it to so in the end I did this manually and ultimately had more control.
- I wanted the video to be gritty so I added footage from Video Copilot’s Action Essentials package. They are keyed and mostly practical effects so it looks natural. It’s really awesome and can be used in a myriad of ways. Endless possibilities.
- I wanted there to be a little jerk when the camera stops on the subject so I utilized this inertia bounce expression from Dan Ebbert. I just fiddled with the variables until it looked right to me. I also turned the motion blur on and it helped to bring everything together as one.
- I lastly used Trapcode Particular to add some light dust particle effects.
The rest is History.
Big up everyone involved in making the video a reality:
Artist: The Council
Director: Scotty Dreamkiller
Camera: Warren Buckle