Shadows

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April 19, 2003 at 6:14 am #1105
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Antiggo

How can I make shadows in my brickfilms?

April 19, 2003 at 6:16 am #1106
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Cometgreen

Turn a light on.

Cometgreen

April 19, 2003 at 7:01 am #1109
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T

Use lamps with hard shadows and light your figs not from top but from the front and a bit top.

Turn a light on.

:lol: :lol:

April 19, 2003 at 8:29 am #1112
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Antiggo

No, I mean shadows from cgi objects or things that I make in AlamDV

April 19, 2003 at 8:37 am #1114
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T

You should draw it in to the frame. I mean frame by frame and with the hand.

Good luck

April 19, 2003 at 8:54 am #1116
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Antiggo

Frame by frame with hand? :o Is there really no other way?

April 19, 2003 at 9:05 am #1117
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No, I mean shadows from cgi objects or things that I make in AlamDV

Lol, yeah, I figured that’s what you meant. You should be more specific next time. ;)

Frame by frame with hand? Is there really no other way?

If all you have is AlamDV, then yeah, I think so. I could tell you how to do it with AE, which may actually be applied to AlamDV. I’ll have to think about it…

When you say CGI objects, do you mean objects you’ve created yourself and rendered out of a 3d package? If you do, I’m sure you can render out a seperate shadow pass in your software. If it’s free objects from the web, then nevermind.

Cometgreen

April 19, 2003 at 10:57 am #1122
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Antiggo

I have AE but is it possible to make it there?

April 19, 2003 at 11:01 am #1123
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T

AE,

Yeah it’s possible.

(one advice) There are no things inpossible!! The Sky is the limit.
You only need put lot of time and be very patient and you’ll get al the results you want.

April 19, 2003 at 11:40 am #1125
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Antiggo

ok… So if it is possible, then how can I make it in AE?

April 19, 2003 at 2:56 pm #1134
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Tervuren

How I do it, I create a 3d object roughly fitting the real world stuff that the CGI object’s shadow would fall on, then I just make it cast a shadow. :)

April 19, 2003 at 6:19 pm #1149
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Well, if you have AE 5 or above, you could use the 3d feature and use lights, but I don’t think I would agree with doing that. Instead, if you have 5 or above:

-duplicate your object
-turn on 3d for that new layer
-set it to look like a shadow (lower opacity, turn down brightness and contrast)
-rotate the object in 3d space (ie use the y and z dimensions) to fit the background

The best way to get the shadow to fit the background is to have good preproduction: record the angle of the camera relative to the floor of the set, set up little markers for match moves, etc. I think you should hopefully be able to eyeball it and make it look convincing.

If you have below AE 5, instead of using the y and z dimensions, rotate your object, scale it correctly, and hopefully you’ll get the right look. You may even try a distortion type of plugin, such as corner pin. It might help.

Hopefully this will work. If not…sorry.

Cometgreen

April 19, 2003 at 7:30 pm #1153
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Antiggo

Thanks, I willl try :D
AE seems to be a good program… I did not know there are so many features. :o

September 8, 2012 at 3:48 am #416925
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Northrop

Does anyone have any idea about the updates to the AE program? Mine recently got corrupted and I just want to know if there is any new version out there.

September 9, 2012 at 9:35 pm #417168
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None that I can think of but if the problem is that yours became corrupted then its probably because of something else entirely from your computer and not this program itself.
And as for the topic, in CGI making shadows is really something that you will have to invest upon as it takes a lot of time and effort for you to make it frame by frame. Good luck!

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