The first thing our Film Professor said to us when we started our animation course was:I had never seen the process of creating effects before I started watching movies. I don’t know how these 3D models were made or if they are realistic enough. I didn’t know that movies can be edited to change colors. The story was all I cared about. Now I know that there is more to movies than meets the eye.
You may remember the 1980’s film The Shining with its eerie, bloody elevator scene. They used thousands of gallons of real red liquid to make it. Oh my God, there’s going to be a lot of cleaning afterward. However, CGI has you covered if the process was to be repeated.
This Production Pipeline is essential for creating a film. It includes Pre-Production, Production, and Post-Production.
Pre-Production is the planning stage. Preparing the location, actors, and scripts. Production The filming stage is where all the action takes place for recording. Post-Production is where all the editing and compositing happens. These include Visual Effects and Motion Graphics, CGIs, Video Editings, Matt Paintings, Special Effects, as well as other special effects.
Video editing is the process that gathers all footage and arranges it to create the storyline of the movie/movie/video. This is where you will do all your editing, color adjustments, and time-lapses.
Video Compositing involves adding new elements from other sources to a scene. This could be an image or effects like an explosion, a meteor storm, a ray of light coming in through a window, a 3D-modelled dinosaur, birds flying in the background, or eliminating elements from your scene. Video Compositing involves bringing all of these elements into a scene to create the illusion that they are all part of one scene.
Visual Effects, also known as VFX, are digitally manipulated images or videos. They could be CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) or a combination of CGI and live footage. These elements are added to the scene that wasn’t originally there, such as smoke, fire, a person being shot, cars colliding on each other, changing the background into a mountainous view, or cities collapsing due to an earthquake.
Special Effects are different than Visual Effects. Special Effects, also known as SFX, are effects that are created on-set. These effects are real-life. There are two types of special effects: optical and mechanical. __S.55__
Optical effects are created by using lights and a camera on the set. These adjustments are made to alter the scene’s appearance from what it would normally look like. This is how the scene looks when it uses different lighting, camera lenses, position, and light angles.
Mechanical effects Physical Effects are mechanized props that are added to the scene. Prosthetic makeup can be used to change the appearance of an actor. Using pyrotechnics, scale models, explosives.
CGI or Computer Generated Imagery is a digitally generated 3D element that is incorporated into a scene. Can be animated or still, such as Godzilla, Jurassic World’s dinosaurs, The Tiger on Life of Pi and The Tiger on Jurassic World’s Dinosaurs, Avatar, which was 70% CGI, Cats which made the actors appear like felines, floods, UFO’s, Aliens or films that are fully 3D like Toy Story which was the first-ever 3D animated movie.
Matte painting is a technique for photography that has been used in films since the 19th Century. This is digitally creating landscapes or sets that can be used as backgrounds or environments in a film. It is used to show distant locations or create an environment that is out of the ordinary.
Motion Graphics & Animation
Imagine bringing life to a brochure or flyer you have seen. Motion graphics are the same thing. Motion Graphics can be described as animations that are based on shapes, text, or objects. They are often used to set abstract objects and other elements of graphic design in motion.
Animation is the art of making a digital object or character move. It’s not motion graphics. Animation can be in many forms: 2D, 3D or stop motion. Traditional animation is also available. Motion graphics are used to create intros to videos, movie titles, commercials, and music videos.
The word “Video Editing” seems to be used to define the entire post-production process, but it’s not. It is just a part of the post-production process, and these processes listed above are just some of the elements involved.