Here’s a recent project from work and a quick break down:
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As you might have noticed on my twitter feed that I’ve been I’ve been working through a project of making 100 GIFs. It’s just a creative exercise to keep me making something new everyday and sharpen some skills. Sometimes I screen capture the process. It’s sort of a Behind The Scenes look at me stumbling my way through experimenting and trying new things until I land on an idea.
Sometimes I’m a slow on the uptake but I literally just learned a couple of things that will help me speed up my iPhone video workflow.
I was always annoyed that after I shot a video clip and closed the iPhone Camera App that the next moment I wanted to capture I a video I would open the app and have again swipe to switch from “Photo” to “Video”. Well did you know you can preserve the last mode your Camera App was using instead of it automatically resetting to Photo? Just go to Settings > Photos & Camera > Preserve Settings.
This only works on an iPhone 6s or later. But if you 3D Touch on your Camera App Icon you can choose which mode your want to shoot in: Photo, Slo-Mo, Video, Selfie.
If you are a fan of Adobe Premiere Clip like I am then this is really useful. I edit a lot of video in this little app and then send it to Premiere Pro on my laptop to refine it. Anyway, if you 3D Touch your Adobe Premiere Clip app you can almost instantly get started in a new project or open your most recent project.
Back in March I started a little project. I was going to make 100 looping GIFS. My goal was to try and make one each working day and post it to Twitter (@gerik).
There were several reasons why I wanted to do this project. One was that to learn something new I knew that I would need to create a challange for myself. Usually I respond better to challenges and solving problems and that is where I tend to learn most of what I do. Over the years I’ve done this before. Most recently I did a video a day for a whole month on Instagram.
Well I was listening to a podcast a couple months ago. I can only guess which one and with whom (I listen to a lot). If I remember right it was about finding your creative voice. The person being interviewed said the best way to find your creative voice was to create a lot of work. She mentioned doing projects, and that she once made 100 art pieces.
Another key I picked up on was that finding your creative voice is more about quantity than quality. In other words worry more about making a lot of stuff and less about how good it is, or what others will think of it. It’s in that space one will find emerging styles and tendencies that will give a unique voice to your art.
So if you’d like to see some of these GIFS I’ve been making take a look at my Twitter page and follow me for a chance to see more along the way. As I write this I’m on #48.
Along this journey I’ve received some feedback from people on twitter. I’ve also received some questions and notes from those who are curious about what I am doing. So I thought I would lift my skirt a little and give you a look at my messy, chaotic process. Remember I’m no expert in this. I’m just trying to figure things out and learn like everyone else.
I’m not sure what to really write about this so if you have questions leave a comment below or ask me on Twitter.
Here’s a screen capture time-lapse of a recent session of me making a GIF. I was trying to better learn using the graph editor in After Effects and some standard animation principles.
Here’s the project file from the GIF I made (seen above) in After Effects 2017 (V14.2) – Download Project File
To wrap up here’s a little bonus. I recorded a short tutorial on 2 ways I export a GIF from After Effects Let me know if any of this is helpful. Leave a comment here, or on Youtube (Maybe subscribe?) Or hit me up on Twitter.
Two things I love. Drinking coffee and creating digital art.
I’ve been producing a lot of what we call “sermon bumpers” lately at The Crossing. It’s been a fun and challenging process. I know a lot of other churches do this, but I have no idea about their workflow to make them. We’ve been doing them for about 6 months now and we’re just trying to figure out what works and how we want to proceed.
A video bumper is something we use as a transition between one part of our service in to the next. In this case between when the band finishes playing and the pastor begins speaking. I think this accomplishes two things. One, it provides a more aesthetic transition that allows the pastor to walk on stage and the band to leave the stage while all the eyes are watching the video. It’s less awkward. Two, it engages the mind in a different way than music does so I feel like those in the audience are changing the gears and becoming ready to sit and listen.
So, here is a little peak at how we do them.
For the most part we make a new video bumper every week. Usually the conversation starts on a Tuesday with the pastor who is teaching that Sunday. We talk through his ideas, if he has any, or explore the topics and main points of his sermon. And from their I wildly work on Wednesday and Thursday to get it done by Thursday night when I leave for the weekend.
I work alone so after the first meeting I sketch out ideas and scripting (taking cues from the first conversation) and I try to come up with three different ideas. Then I usually try and do a few proof of concepts. And then run them by the pastor. And sometimes I only have one idea and I just run with it.
Once I have the idea I have to decided how to pull it off. Sometimes I will go out and shoot footage on my own. Sometimes I will rely on footage from stock agencies. Sometimes I will just craft everything in Adobe After Effects. If you are curious I use the Adobe Creative Suite for all my work, Premiere Pro, Photoshop, Illustrator, and After Effects.
I send previews to the pastor for feedback. Sometimes I will have enough time to pull in a colleague or two for a critique. Once it’s approved it’s exported out. Tested on our projectors and made ready for that Sunday’s service.
I think the key for me in making these is to keep it simple. It seems that the simple ideas often turn out to be my favorite. Also I think it’s really important to keep my creative well full. This means for me engaging in creating art for the sake of it. Filling my eyes and brain with art, photography, music, films and books. And also journaling and getting my ideas out of my brain and on to paper.
Here’s some of my favorites from the past few months:
I’ve been directing live multi-camera video for about 4 years now here at The Crossing. It’s always fun, but this last Sunday I had a blast calling the shots. Take a look if you’d like. And if you have any critiques I’d love to listen to them.
For those who might not know, every year we strive to make a funny Christmas Card. It’s a just a thing we do for a couple of reasons. One, we were inspired by other friends who do the same thing. Two, we love Christmas Cards. And Three, I feel like doing something a little extra special for our Christmas card is a gift we can easily give to our friends. Laughter is a wonderful gift. And it’s our goal to make people laugh when they get our card. So here’s this year’s card. The top picture was on the front and the bottom picture was on the inside. Merry Christmas!