The title sequence has been kept simple. We decided to keep it to the minimum since it would give the video a better overall effect for the viewer. The video consists of the panning shot of the city skyline, the black eye (where I turn into a vampire), the vampire’s entrance and dissipating a couple of times.
Parts of the footage needs to be fixed since in the dark bits of the park shots, it is QUITE dark. Some brightness needs to be added to it, but not too much otherwise the footage would look noisy.
Also here is the list of things that we need to fix in the final title sequence that I hope you guys will find entertaining.
– Need to fix white balance/colour grading.
– Increase the brightness of the dark park bits.
– Will have to fix my eyes in the shots where I turn into a vampire.
– Need to add some blood in one of the shots – where I look up and take my mouth away and Mitch’s neck is like perfectly fine with no blood added to it. In the final cut, we’ll be adding some red streaks to make it look like I’ve bitten him but also make it less dramatic/ gory.
– Perhaps add vingeting or some kind of texture or filter?
– Need to animate the bats properly (Preet is in charge of the bats, she has used the puppet pin effect to make them flap their wings and fly across the screen.)
– We need to get rid of our reflection in the window in the corridor shots which you will notice when I enter the door of the apartment.
Initially, I had intended on using the traditional Lacrimosa operatic soundtrack as the score for Thirst.
In case I haven’t mentioned it earlier, Thirst is the final title for our major project for this Vampire Diaries/ Sin City themed teaser title sequence. However, after listening to the operatic version of the track, I realized that it didn’t really suit the shots since it is quite blatantly obvious that the story is set in the 21st century. Lacrimosa is set in the Classical Era which was composed by Mozart. I even tried to experiment using Psychedelic genres where most of the tracks are set at 140 bpm which is used to create forest psychedelic music. That was going to be added on to the chase sequence of the video but then after I tried to merge a few tracks together, it didn’t quite work out and it sounded quite abrupt. I would probably use it elsewhere if the video was over 2 minutes.
I’m in charge of the sound/ music component and after debating between Lacrimosa and Toccata and Fuge in D Minor which is an eerie Frankenstein/ Dracula opening title sequence, I decided to make use of the Lacrimosa remixed version by Troy Holder which I got off freemusicarchive.org .
It was phenomenal. I fell in love with it the instant I heard it and knew that this track would be ideal for our title sequence.
I also worked on the ‘Black Eye’. I will explain how this process took place in my next blog post. In the mean time, get the jitters.
I sit here in a crowded computer lab amidst a group of mongrels who have absolutely NO sense of decency when it comes to keeping their noise levels down to the minimum.
Some of us are trying to block it out using earphones but heck, their voices are deafening.
Anyway, I’ll have to make do.
It’s assignment week and the three of us have given it our best shot, skipped work and stayed back to work on this project. The shoot was fun and managed to get what we wanted. However, the lighting that we borrowed weren’t battery charged so we had to manage with the fluorescent glow of the street lights in the park.
I had to run around in my stilettos again, hoping that I wouldn’t trip over dry twigs and leaves in the park. But we still got the eerie shots that we wanted and the wind also played a part in making my cloak flutter in the breeze.
It wasn’t freezing this time, so we got lucky.
We wanted to film an illuminated crucifix but it has been raining for the past few days and at the worst time too- in the evening, when we need that perfect dusky shot.
And now it’s time to get our special effects together.
Assignment week, deadlines and moreover, the stress that I as an individual has to cope with along with the stress of my group members is unprecedented. But enjoyable and something to learn from nevertheless.
I’ve discovered what it means to stick to my calendar and what it means to keep a promise that I make. (Most of the time we make promises that we can’t keep.)
The weather has been taking Preet, Jess and I for a ride. The first day of our shoot went smoothly. Well despite the fact that we shot from 8:30 PM and then wrapped things up two hours later. I was dressed up in black, and caked in makeup fit for a girl going out on a Saturday night. Was glad that I could use it for a shoot instead. The red lipstick was the best part of course, and my part paid off. The very enthralling, very enchanting, and charming boyfriend, Mitch volunteered to be my victim for the shoot. (He’s such a darling, and a life saver really.)
There was a lot of blood (lipstick) smeared all over his neck to make it look realistic.
And then there was my red cape which of course made me look like Little Red Riding Hood. So I decided to lose the hood and keep the cape. It actually went well with my black dress and stilettos.
We got some pretty good shots on the first day.
Day 2 of the shoot didn’t really go as planned at first since we had issues with the timings (ugh work) and the location. Finally we decided to finish it at uni and managed to get some pretty decent shots.
Today is Day 3 of the shoot and I’m expecting the girls to arrive with the equipment just after dusk so that we can get some good shots in the park where I’ll have to dress up for it.
I spent the day looking up music that’s been registered under the Creative Commons License and there have been a few links up on YouTube
. There are shots where Jess is chasing me (where I don’t really exist in the shot, but hypothetically speaking, it is understood that she’s the vampire slayer).
And the shots where I casually enter the apartment with Mitch and grab him by the nape of the neck. I was thinking of using Lacrimosa as a soundtrack since it literally translates to “death march”.
The most basic of basic filters that you can use in After Effects, the Lens Effect. I decided to use the flare using the lens effect which had been effective in showing the transitioning of texts. I think this tool can be used in basic and advanced videos. I also ensured that the opacity of the text was reduced to 75% to give it a more realistic effect.
It is useful if you want to give your text/ video a more dramatic transition.
My group has decided to work on the supernatural theme for this assignment. Our intention is to make use of vampire elements in the video and we also get to play around with monochrome themes and A LOT OF RED. Sin City has worked on some commendable footage that has used monochrome and bold colours to the film’s advantage. It can be a bit tricky if the lighting isn’t sufficient or if the colours that you work with don’t stand out.
What I really admire about the film is that the animation is comic themed but the characters are very lucid in the manner that they have been portrayed.
Our final cut won’t be completely in this format but it will play around with vampire elements i.e., a wine glass with red wine being poured into it, blood red lips (thanks to Mac’s collection of lipsticks), vampire capes, a crucifix and all that jazz.
Hopefully this one should work out.
And I hope no one gets hurt either. It’s going to be all shot at night that inevitably will lead up to sleepless nights. Something to look forward to in the future? SO MUCH WIN.