Advertisement
Workflow

How To Create Never Ending Z-Depth In AE

by

Hey there, how about a real world solution to a problem? I recently had a brief where I had to have a camera traveling along a cracking road with lava filling the cracks with periodic lava spurts. Now this is very doable in a 3d package but I decided to try and do it in AE alone. This is what I came up with....

Now, this video had to last 4 mins, so traveling a camera along a path for 4 mins is just too much z space to work.... So using a few expressions and a recurring null i managed to create a base (which could be used for anything really) that continuously travels and by parenting objects to the traveling null we have the effect of objects moving toward the camera. This template works for many ideas.... maybe even a guitar hero animation.


Tutorial

Download Tutorial .flv

File size 256 MB

Related Posts
  • 3D & Motion Graphics
    Modeling
    Quick & Easy Pillars in 3ds MaxMax pillar script retina 3
    Learn how to create complex pillars in only seconds using a free script.Read More…
  • Photography
    Shooting
    The Quest for an "Iconic" Portrait: Editorial and RawIconictwo prenew
    In this tutorial, I'll continue my work to shoot an iconic portrait. When I began, I wanted two distinct yet consistent styles or outcomes from each session. In the first session, I created a look that was intimate, yet polished. In this final session, I wanted to have more editorial distance, and a more raw and real feeling.Read More…
  • Photography
    Interviews
    Interview With Fashion and Entertainment Retoucher Nick Leadlay0968 nick leadlay preview
    I recently had some time to chat with Nick Leadlay, a fashion, entertainment and advertising retoucher based in Toronto, Ontario. Nick has worked with some big names in the photography industry, and has retouched some of the biggest stars in Hollywood including Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, George Clooney, Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, and many more. In this interview, Leadlay and I talked about several topics including how he got his start as a celebrity retouch artist, and even a few workflow tips. Let's take a look!Read More…
  • Photography
    Shooting
    How to Take Vacation Photos That Don't SuckVacation good de pre
    Just because you are on vacation doesn’t mean your creative mind has to be. We are all guilty of getting a bit lazy on our vacations. For the most part, this is fine. We all need rest, but it often leads to regret. Perhaps we leave our camera back in the room on the day when you come across the most amazing scene. Maybe we shoot too quickly, and only realize we wish we had a photo of something after we get back home. In this tutorial, I'll tell you my approach so I'm always happy with my vacation photos.Read More…
  • Photography
    Shooting
    Shooting Multiple Looks on a Lifestyle Location ShootDoublelocation rt prelg
    I recently went up to the James River, Virginia to do a location shoot with Ryan, one of the models I'm working with as I pursue my commercial vision. Since we're both looking to add more lifestyle to our arsenal, and I was looking for a location shoot anyway, it was a win-win. In this tutorial, I'm going to look at what lifestyle actually is, the preproduction that went into the shoot, and how I used the location on the day to get multiple looks, as well as the many decisions that require making on the fly on a shoot like this.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Painting
    Create a Mountain Fortress Using Matte Painting Techniques in PhotoshopDesign and illustration
    In the motion picture industry, filmmakers often depend on artists to create fantasy environments that could not exist in real life. Modern artists, often turn to Photoshop, as well as 3D applications to create these fantastic environments. Read More…