Seen moving light videos before? They have a very distinctive look where shadows create depths that your mind tends to mistake for movement. A brilliant example can be seen in Nacho Guzman’s music video for ‘Sparkles and Wine – Opale’.
I wanted to take this idea and combine it with my scribble animation style. I don’t own a spinning light/cookie rig, so instead I resulted to stop motion to get the effect. I’d act out the same motion at 8 different lighting positions, then in After Effects, cut the clips together so that the motions is near seamless.
Using Photoshop, I then drew over the highlights in each frame to give the desired effect.
And after all that, even had some nice footage left over for a nice portrait shot!
Went on a street photography session in Brighton to see what images that I could take to invoke my emotions. After having the fun day out, I came to Photoshop to bring what was in my head to life! As a result, I give you ‘People Pieces’.
Here is a quick breakdown on how these were achieved:
Initial Colour Pass and Crop
Subject isolation: the clone stamp tool was used to remove the subject’s friend and the subject were isolated away from their shoes.
Subject splicing: cutting the subject into separate pieces on each of their own layers. The background behind them was made using the clone stamp tool.
Depth Painting: the brush tool was used to paint the “other side” of the subject to build depth. These paint layers then had a noise and blur filter applied to them to match the in camera noise.
Final Colour Pass: Curves and Hue and Saturation effects were used on particular hue selections to give the dress a pinker feel and make the skin less yellow (which had been reflected by the stones).
For more information about the project and its intents, click here!
After months of pre-production, filming begins for our latest project, ‘Tide of Ghosts’.
On our first day we managed to get one fifth of the film shot, so still have a long way to go. And will be continuing in late August.
The short film is about two best mates, one who is a ghost (George) and the other who is alive (Andrew). Together, they must discover how George died and find his body before it decays so that he can move on.
Here are some sneaky screen grabs from the film so far! We can’t wait to share more updates with you!
To stay more up-to-date with the short film, you can follow its Facebook or Twitter page:
We teamed up with a Dota 2 memer Eskay Dota to create a short film, ‘Dragon Blood’, for the Valve Dota 2 video competition 2017.
Making a Dragon Knight costume out of cardboard and spray paint we had a lot of fun and late nights getting this project together in time!
We hope you enjoy this short light hearted short
If you enjoyed the video, please give us a vote here!
Songs used: Dota 2 – World Map
A boy plays Dota to get over the death of his favourite Gorilla, and takes on some demonic skeleton warriors.
Gorrila painted by Seb Cox
Edited by Seb Cox
Written by Sam Kennard and Seb Cox
Thanks to Julia Pollard and John Andrews for acting in this too!
Tide of Ghosts is our big project of 2017! We are just about ready to start filming in July-August.
Tide of Ghosts is a short film project between two best friends, one of which is alive, Andrew, and one a ghost, George. Battling morality, Andrew is faced with finding his best friend’s corpse so that he can move on.
Set in a rundown seaside town, George’s death remains a mystery. With only four weeks before George’s body decomposes, time is of the essence to prevent George’s purgatory.
But before filming, we are calling out for some kind individuals online to help fund the project. Just finishing out University degrees, we don’t have a lot of cash to spare on film projects, however, we feel it incredibly important to pay actors! For that reason, we’ve started a campaign on IndieGoGo.
Tide of Ghosts – Fund Raising Video
If you like the sound of the project and want to support it or share it, you can see visit the IndieGoGo campaign right here:
If you’d like to stay up to date with the film’s progress, follow it’s Facebook page and Twitter
Mental health is incredibly important to us at Bubble Light Productions. Our most recent works have been designed around disorders in mental health, with ‘Harry Bot 9000’, ‘Sea Side’, ‘Oi’, and our latest piece ‘Mental Health Transparency’.
A message from us at Bubble Light, look after your mind. #MHAW17
Mental Health Transparency
Director/Camera/Editor – Seb Cox
Camera Assistant – Sulekha Kaur Takhtar
Runner – Olivia Symonds
Music: Kai Engel – Harbor
As well as the video, we have been creating and encouraging profile picture changes for YOU, where we show you how to make a Facebook profile picture just like in the video. We even made you a video tutorial on how to do it.
Tutorial – Mental Health Profile Pictures
Here are our previous films based on mental health, each to their own genre:
Harry Bot 9000
We documented our National Student Television Association (NaSTA) trip to Birmingham with UniTV (University of Sussex Student Television) and want to take you along for the ride! The event will be held closely within our hearts.
We hope you enjoy the video
UniTV goes to NaSTA 2017 [VLOG]
We had a fabulous time, special thanks to the #NaSTA2017 team that put it together!
Celebrating, as seen in the video, that UniTV did amazingly well at NaSTA this year:
Winner of Best Cinematography, Beautiful Corps.
Winner of Best Drama, Beautiful Corps.
Winner of Best Factual, Science Uncovered
Winner of Best Marketing
Highly Commended Special Recognition
Highly Commended Title Sequence, Science Uncovered
Massive thank you to everyone that has worked on the projects, those that came along to the event, GuildTV and NaSTA teams that arranged the fantastic weekend!
00:59 – 02:29 Midnight Faces – Feeling Like A Stranger
03:06 – 04:10 Young Mister -Anybody Out There
06:49 – 07:31 Osaka – Weights
07:34 – 10:29 A-Gon – Her Smile
10:31 – 15:08 Broke For Free – Golden Hour
15:08 – 18:41 Sappheiros – In This Moment
21:12 – 23:00 Dream Beaches – Habits
22:58 – 25:13 NoSo – I Love the Mountains
Keep up to date with UniTV at:
Last weekend the UniTV and Bubble Light Productions teams went to the National Student Television Awards (NaSTA) 2017.
Meeting inspirational speakers, making new contacts and finding that we did exceptionally well at the awards was a bonus to spending an exciting weekend with some of my closest friends!
Here are the incredible list of awards that we won at the event!
Winner Best Drama: ‘UniTV Does Black Mirror‘
Winner Best Cinematography: ‘UniTV Does Black Mirror‘
Winner Best Factual: ‘How Many Particles Are You Made Of?‘
Winner Best Marketing
Highly Commended Best Title Sequence: ‘Science Uncovered‘
Highly Commended Special Recognition
The pride I have for our small but family-like station is beyond words.
To everyone that helped out with any of the productions submitted to NaSTA, congratulations for stepping outside of your comfort zone and pushing yourself, I certainly thank you for it!
You can check out the award winning projects here:
UniTV Does Black Mirror: Beautiful Corps.
Science Uncovered: How Many Particles Are You Made Of?
Science Uncovered Motion Graphic
We certainly had a great time at the awards…
Photo Credit: Harry Fender, Katie Packer and Tom Ballantyne
We’re heading to the National Student Television Association (NaSTA) awards for a third year in a row, to represent the University of Sussex’s student TV Channel UniTV!
I have been part of UniTV for three years and have proudly worked on over 60 of their projects alongside my degree.
NaSTA is always an exciting time where student television stations from across the UK get to mingle, knowledge trade and set up connections for future collaborations. Workshops held by industry professionals are always a delight to attend to get a taste of different job roles and routes in you can take.
This year we are thankful the conference is further down south (ish) in Birmingham… the past two years it has taken place in Leeds and Preston, although by the forecast, yet again the weather will be damp AGAIN!
Nevertheless, we are looking forward to the event. I will be representing the following nominations:
UniTV Does Black Mirror: Beautiful Corps. – Best Drama Nomination
UniTV Does Black Mirror: Beautiful Corps. – Best Cinematography Nomination
UniTV Does Black Mirror: Beautiful Corps. – Best Writing Nomination
Cage The Elephant – Black Widow (Music Video) – Best Post-Production Nomination
Science Uncovered – Best Factual Nomination
Science Uncovered – Best Title Sequence Nomination
Seb Cox – Best On-Screen Male Nomination
UniTV – Best Broadcaster Nomination
We’ll keep you updated with the results and will be documenting our adventures at the event!
Last weekend we had an amazing time at Screentest: The UK’s National Student Film Festival. We got to watch some truly fantastic short films made by the UK’s best filmmaker students.
We were also lucky enough to have THREE films screen at the festival this year:
Harry Bot 9000
Seagull Man: The Brighton Superhero
Of Monsters and Men – Mountain Sound [Music Video]
‘Seagull Man: The Brighton Superhero’ was crowned WINNER of BEST COMEDY! ‘Seagull Man’ was up against incredible films, some of which were BAFTA nominees. So it was a surprise to us that it won; we were left beaming.
On top of it all, Harry Bot 9000 came SECOND PLACE in BEST FILM by half a point, claiming it’s spot as Highly Commended at the 2017 festival.
We have been absolutely blown away by the response we have had for our films and are incredibly grateful to the festival for making us feel so welcome and putting on a heartwarming event. We can’t wait for the next one!