You Tube Too (subtitle ‘In one ear and out the other’) is a piece of music from an unpublished album called Cromtraption by Noel Crombie. The clip starts with Noel playing bass in a relatively normal video clip kind of way. The style, informed by the quirky music, is jerky and oddball. We zoom into his head and see that his ear pulses. We zoom closer and enter a colourful tube inside his ear. We zoom through the disco wiggle hall seeing musical symbols and come out the other end into A Beautiful Land. Musical notation flits through the air like butterflies. Noel discovers a beautiful Goddess surrounded with musical instruments. She provides a magical instrument and we zoom out of his head again. Back in the real world, Noel plays the magical tubes and super energy flows from him.
• Our process, decisions and/or challenges (including mention of the main Video Effect applied in your sequence).
I had the beginning sequence so cut Noel playing bass in a jerky style. I made a spinning tube-like title credit based on a tutorial using duplicate slices of CC Sphere, animating them to spin with a Lens Flare animating over the curve and off when not passing the light. To complement the zoom into the ear and the animated scale up and down, Jonathan suggested a Radial Blur as we approached the ear. I animated a mask over Noel’s earhole, then made a tube by laying out a lot of little Wiggling, Glowing spheres on one comp, applying CC Cylinder and then moving a camera through with a Lens Flare to brighten up the whole thing and some CC Particles for fun. Mort gave me some musical symbols to blend in as we approached The Beautiful Land. There is a mask over The Beautiful Land footage, growing in opacity, feathering and expansion as we approach.
I sped up the vortex up after our roughcut showing, plus a much quicker tube backing through the ear and finding footage showing Noel looking surprised with the magical tub and beginning to play. The final credits use the same slice of sphere with a Spirit Light to make it pretty.
I had a lot of challenges with a wonky hard drive, footage not saving and having to re-do things but mostly my bit was pretty straightforward.
• Finished product comparison with the original idea?
The script as it appeared in Celtex was pretty much as the video appears now. David’s first impulse was the forest adventure and that’s what evolved into The Beautiful Land.
• How the group worked together?
We went through the pre-production phase, with each of us taking on roles on paper. However, once storyboarded, it became apparent The Beautiful Land was a one person job, so it fell out that we divided the clip into beginning, middle and end for simplicity’s sake. We had planned to pre-edit before taking the footage to Ae so that there would be consistency of style and timing but the challenges of clear roles in a student group are sometimes best solved by a let-it-go approach. David deserves Best and Fairest Man of the Match.
• A short list of main Video FX applied in Adobe After Effect.
I used at some point:
CC Sphere, CC Cylinder, Box Blur, Radial Blur, CC Particle System II, Ramp, Lens Flare, Hue and Saturation, Glow, Wiggle, Colour Balance, Curves, Brightness and Contrast and Spirit light. Do masks count?