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January 12, 2013

Build Your Own Futuristic 'Trapcode Planet' with After Effects

2012 saw effects plugin company Red Giant blur the line between advertisement and compelling short film with Plot Device and Tempo. But as good as both those shorts were, if I'm honest, the demonstrations which really raise my excitement levels are those that are developed in bedrooms with a mighty staff of one. Cue 21 year old Russian motion artist Philipp Pavlov, whose 'visual experiment' Trapcode Planet does a pretty good sales job of highlighting some of the capabilities of Red Giant's Stockholm plugin suite partner Trapcode:

Pavlov's experiment may not be narrative in nature, but that doesn't mean that it couldn't form a convincing narrative element in a wider story -- I for one can picture the sequence opening up a futuristic news broadcast or resolving into a highly advanced star chart ala Fuel VFX's Prometheus map. In fact, Pavlov took his initial inspiration for the project from software artist Joshua Nimoy's Tron Legacy breakdown. Where Nimoy and Digital Domain's CG artists used a mix of Adobe software, Cinema 4D and C++ using OpenFrameworks and wxWidgets, Pavlov created Trapcode Planet solely in Adobe After Effects, augmenting the software with Magic Bullet Looks and Trapcode Form and Particular plugins from which his planet drew its name.

Passing on the knowledge he picked up on the project, Pavlov has put together a 47 minute step-by-step tutorial you can follow along with, for which he's been providing impromptu support in the Vimeo comments. Note: The tutorial is intentionally silent, but none the less easy to understand, as English isn't Pavlov's first language.

So what do you think of Pavlov's homebrew interpretation of a high end Hollywood produced effects sequence? Have any of you re-worked sequences you've seen on screen with cheaper, more accessible tools?

Link: Trapcode Planet

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>English isn’t Pavlov’s first language
>Russian motion artist

Wow, no bull.

January 12, 2013

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Natt

>implying

January 13, 2013

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john jeffreys

Do you have something useful to say?

January 17, 2013

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brian

I respect anyone who can reverse engineer anything technically or technologically difficult.

January 12, 2013

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DIYFilmSchool.net

Mis respetos, vos sos un genio, te felicito, y te agradezco enormemente por compartir tus conocimientos con aquellos que apenas estamos iniciando en esto, muchas gracias!!!

January 12, 2013

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ruben dario henao

Very great work!
Btw, his name is "Philipp" :)

January 12, 2013

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Adem

Very inspiring for sci-fi narratives! Thanks for sharing!

January 12, 2013

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Please post more stuff like this!!! Any kind of tutorial that goes beyond the basics is really helpful. Whether it's motion graphics stuff or learning how to properly light a shot. WE NEED THIS STUFF!!! Thanks for putting this out there.

January 13, 2013

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Derik

Glad you enjoyed it, I'll certainly keep my eye out for more tutorials.

January 13, 2013

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Definitely AGREE!!

Thank you so much for posting the tutorial. We are all in learning mode 100% so please more posts like this are tremendously inspiring to helping us get better at what we want to do.

January 19, 2013

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dos

Wow

January 18, 2013

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Terence Kearns