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Aetuts+ Weekend Workshop #5 - "Emerging Zombies"


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!

"Emerging Zombies"

Story Behind the Project

This was created to showcase my daughter and her photography project of pin-up zombies. It was used as a piece to promote her work at Gallery Night in October of 2012. The work is intended to resemble an editorial/mocumentary piece. Zombies were being photographed at night in a number of different locations with a variety of lighting situations. I used a Sony Handycam HDR-SR11 with night vision on. There are a couple of pieces of footage that were shot by my friend Christopher Cote. His was not shot in night vision and I had to create a look for it in order for it to blend. I used AE to stabalize the footage, but I didn't want to over-do it because I still wanted some rawness in it. I also used a plug-in "neat video" to smooth out some of the grain. The music was an added bonus; an original track from my friends Lora and Kevin.

I would love any tips for shooting at night with little or no light. Any other comments or suggestions are welcome!

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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