Join Chad Perkins for an in-depth discussion in this video Telling a story with the camera, part of Element 3D Essential Training (2013).
In this project, I didn't do anything super innovative or interesting with the…camera. But one of the things I did that was kind of fun is that I wanted to…make the bad guy seem kind of mysterious, like, you know, it just doesn't care.…It's merciless. And part of, or one way to do that, I should say, is to create mystery.…And so, most of the time that we see this robot, it's out of focus, which…intrigues us. When we see something we can't quite wrap our brain around, it's…like a mystery, and we want to figure it out.…
So, the fact that this guy, or this creature, is mostly out of focus, I think that…makes it kind of interesting. It was definitely a creative choice. You might…not prefer that. And, even when you see it clearly--at the beginning and at the…end of the animation--it still has a very shallow depth of field, which, I think,…looks really beautiful.…If I take off the Depth of Field, and we can see everything and the ship, it…doesn't look very good at all.…So, again, the shallow depth of the field adds a lot of beauty and makes things…
- Assigning objects to groups
- Adjusting basic object transform properties
- Creating 3D objects from text and masks
- Working with bevel presets
- Creating custom materials
- Adding illumination
- Creating bumps with normal maps
- Using replicator shapes
- Animating with the animation engine
- Creating a shallow depth of field
Skill Level Intermediate
2. Creating Your First Project
3. Overview of Element 3D
4. Working with 3D Objects
5. Creating 3D Objects
6. Working with Materials
7. Particle Replicators
8. Integrating with After Effects
9. Using the Animation Engine
10. Adding Polish
11. Final Project: Building a Space Scene
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