Red Giant's 'Plot Device' Showcases Limited-Time, Limited-Budget Post-Production Tools

When Red Giant Software released a teaser trailer for something called "Plot Device" last night, I mistakenly thought they were getting into script-writing applications. "Plot Device," as it turns out, is in fact a 9-minute short film made for the purpose of showing off the new Magic Bullet Suite 11. Here's the film in full, which as you can imagine features a lot of post-production "looks." While some of these are over-the-top, they do a great job of demonstrating the extremes to which you can manipulate your images using the Suite:

For more on the dollies and lens flares, be sure to check out the behind-the-scenes look at the short's production.

Link: Plot Device

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Loved it!!! Great idea, great direction, great fx!!!

June 28, 2011 at 9:22PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


I love the concept and quick execution but agree that less is more. I own and use Magic Bullet Looks but only use what I need and build from scratch because the tools are so deep and I pick and choose what I need. I find the presets kill the original image with the intention of making a familiar, comfortable image which is fine. In the behind the scenes they showed the raw image during the Wes Anderson clip then the processed image...which looked like assballs. I thought the raw image looked amazing. One effect I refuse to use in Magic Bullet Looks is any form of Diffusion because it never looks realistic to anything on film. It's so soft and low contrasty and I can't think of any film ever that looked like that. I'm not poo-pooing MBL because its such an amazing tool...I just think for the best results you should pick and choose what you need...otherwise get ready for a boatload of indie projects that all look the same...

June 29, 2011 at 3:59AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM

vashi nedomansky

Let's not forget it's quite adjustable. I, too, do not appreciate the look of presets but it's a good starting point to fine tune the overall look. Do not like the extreme color? Just turn it down.

June 29, 2011 at 4:35AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM