I created this Man of Steel logo “trailer” using Adobe After Effects and a plug-in from Video Copilot called Element 3D. I did not have to import a 3D object – I was able to create the logo using four mask path 3D groups combined into a single object directly in Element 3D. I also turned on ambient occlusion for the shadows on the object itself (I used a copy of the E3D layer for the external shadow), motion blur for the faster animation, and depth of field for the closer shots. The text was also rendered using Element 3D. I also used six Optical Flares (another Video Copilot plug-in) and two light layers.
This Man of Steel Metropolis 3D animation was also made with Video Copilot’s Element 3D and the Metropolitan building pack.
I also made an earlier version without the 3D logo using the same music and text from the official teaser trailer.
Photos from the set of Man of Steel – the new Superman movie due out in 2013. The crew was filming at Union Station in downtown Chicago a block from my office back in September last year. I was able to walk through the set inside Union Station a few times, but security was extremely tight, so I didn’t get to take many photos. During one of my lunchtime walks, I met a few other fans and found out that I missed meeting Zack Snyder by about 5 minutes.
Finally saw The Avengers last night! To prepare for the movie, I filmed the kids in front of a green screen and added them to a scene from the trailer. I rotoscoped the heroes in the front and color corrected, repositioned, and scaled the kids the best I could to blend into the scene. I added a bit of dust from Action Essentials 2 and played around with some of the new 3D text from AE CS6 (just downloaded on Friday) highlighted by an Optical Flare. The 3D text feature looks promising – can’t wait to spend some time learning all the new features.