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Aetuts+ Weekend Workshop #11 -《K-1945》aka "Kazumikaze"

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We've recently started a new weekly community project where we'll be posting a video created by one of our wonderful readers, then ask you all to offer constructive feedback on the work. It’s a great way to learn more about video, express your viewpoint, and have your own content critiqued! Submit your own videos at the bottom.


Quick Ground Rules

  1. Play nice! We’ve deliberately chosen videos that aren’t perfect, so please be constructive with any criticism.
  2. Feel free to offer any type of advice – movement, lighting, color, pacing, etc.
  3. You can also link to videos that you feel offer a great example of this type of content done exceptionally well.

Without further ado, here is this week’s candidate for critique!


《K-1945》aka "Kazumikaze"


Story Behind the Project

We really didn't know if we'd do anything with it or how it would turn out in the end...

"K-1945" is a short video shot in one hour at the China Army Museum in Beijing. When we went there we didn't have any plans to shoot something... we really just went there see this amazing and crazy war plane we had seen before. It worked out well because there was nobody around so we could do whatever we wanted. I used my Canon T2i and we shot a very simple action sequence with my friend Kazu Tang. We really didn't know if we'd do anything with it or how it would turn out in the end...

We had a fun time trying to make it feel as though the plane was actually flying. We relied heavily on sounds to convey the setting.

I spent about two days editing and compositing and I used Trapcode Particular for the clouds and view of the land from the air was just a stock image. I just did some basic rotoscoping (because the camera doesn't move a lot and the shape of the plane was easy to roto) and some motion tracking for adding the propeller.

I'd say my biggest regret was that we didn't have anything to blow his hair to help sell that he was in a moving plane.

Hope you guys like it!

Check out a side by side comparison to see what I added to the original footage:


"Before/After"


Please let us know what you think in the comments – how would you have approached this project or done things differently?

Interested in submitting your own video? You can do so here!

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