For this year’s Earth Day, The Clinton Foundation wanted to create a special effects video that highlighted many of their global initiatives. They hired Side By Side Studios to produce the video, and then Side By Side hired me to do all the heavy lifting in post-production. The scope of this project involved a camera moving in 3D space, rotoscoping, greenscreen work, and some 2D animation. I learned a lot in editing this video, and the end product is something I am quite proud of. I feel it really speaks to my abilities as an editor.
The challenge in this video was making the camera feel like it was zooming past the actress. I was given a flat video of her sitting at the desk and asked to make the camera go past her, and settle on a picture frame that would be hanging on the wall. To do this, I had to separate her from the background and put her physically closer to the virtual camera I was going to create, that way when I moved the camera past her it felt real. The challenge was getting to a place where we could lockdown the timeline, so I could rotoscope only the frames I needed since rotoscoping her out of this particular frame turned out to be a real challenge. To solve this, I created a draft rotoscope which is a nice way of saying a bad rotoscope. I basically wanted her cut out just enough so that I could see behind her, that way I could work through the timeline and get to a place where we were locked in. Once we were locked in on our timeline, meaning nothing was changing or moving, I could make a more quality pass on rotoscoping our actress out of the background.
In the end, I would say this was a magnificent learning experience for me and I appreciate the opportunity from my friends at Side By Side Studios. If you want to check out more of their work you can visit their website: http://www.sidexsidestudios.com/