Workshop 3: Working with stills in moving image.

This session was focused on using still images within motion based pieces, creating motion pan and zoom and simple effects .
For inspiration we were shown the Donnie Brasco title sequence (shown below):

The title sequence of Donnie Brasco is shot in the form of surveillance, it is nicely put together by the use of slow fades and fast cut action shots using moving images and stills with the opening and closing sequence the same extreme close up of Johnny Depp’s eyes which gives context of the main character.

I incorporated still images in to the film sequence by clicking import and placing the arrow where I wanted the image to appear in the sequence ensuring that there was space in the timeline as it could have overlapped previous sequences and therefore create loss of information. I found that using an image placed in between two sequences of video works effectively. It is possible to set the duration of the image too which can work well as it this could make it easier for the audience to digest the information and become thought provoking.

We then learnt how to control the size and position of the still within the video frame which was fairly simple to grasp by. However the technique I found took me a number of times to fully understand was creating anchor points to control the focus point and zoom across an image but after a few more tries it was successful. Then we were shown how to pan across an image using key frames, panning is done by clicking on the first frame of the clip and pressing the stopwatch icon next the position icon and the first keyframe was created then move to the last frame of the clip and click the stopwatch again to complete this.

Next, we were shown how to change the opacity to in order to create crossfades which I feel works well especially with black and white sequences.
I enjoyed selecting sections of audio and controlling the balance of the audio, deciding where they would best fit in the timeline and work the best with the content. I found that Caucasian blur works in this sequence as it brings the audiences attention in to the man in the crowd even more which creates isolation from the other parts of the image.

Below is the edit from this session:





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