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Day 20 (Post-Production)
March 24, 2011, 4:54 am
Filed under: Professional Project

Now that the prodcution has been warpped up for the film, it was time for the post-pro work to kick in. I was working alongside, George Layne (director), in the post-production process for the short film. We watched the footage many times, to see if the editing was spot on and the sound was synced up correctly. I mainly helped out in the visual effects area, such as compositing the explosions and colour grading.

Here are some stills from the final rendered version of the film.

I used After Effects for the compositing and colour grading. The colour grading was adjusted using a plugin called, Magic Bullet: Mojo. This is an amazing plugin, which really finishes off a video project. It literally makes all the footage cinematic. Obviously each individual clip needed different colour adjustments, due to varied exposures from shot to shot. This is quite a lengthy process and also addictive… especially if you’re a perfectionist!

Colour Grading

The genre of the film was based on sci-fi, so I immediately thought that the overall look of the film should have blue/green tint applied to it, to give it that impression. Below is screen shot of the raw footage and the graded footage.

Since you’re able to install some After Effects plugins into Premiere Pro as well, you don’t have to do any export video footage  between the two programmes. The Magic Bullet Mojo plugin is pretty standard with it’s functions, allowing you adjust each shot to how you want it to look.

I’ve tried colour grading with the basic plugins that is bundled with After Effects, but it’s no comparison to Magic Bullet, which is nails the colour grading process perfectly.


I also did some basic compositing using royalty free video footage of real explosions, courtesy of Video Copilot. The explosions were to be composited into a static video shot of a open field, which is in the image below.

The explosions footage were filmed in a blacked out environment, which made it easy when you dragged it onto the footage as the black background disappeared when you use the ‘matte’ setting.


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