Perspective Tricks 4: ContraZoom

Perspective Tricks 4: contra-zoom AKA the dolly zoom AKA the Vertigo Effect.

How to automate it in Blender using Drivers.

Plus a demonstration of how we measure camera angle in millimetres.

With C64-like cover versions of Bernard Herman’s theme for Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo and and Once In A Lifetime by Talking Heads. I normally search Youtube for creative cover versions on creative Commons, but no-one created good version of these.

I started this before my son Odin was born, and now he’s two and a half months old!

Maturation and Prelude Grandiose – Trailer

For a while now I have been working with artist Unus Safardiar creating CGI visualisations for giant kinetic sculptures … and, working with fellow Blender user Peter Applerock, we created what turned out to be an incredibly complex artwork to be undertaken by such a small team :

A video artwork to be displayed on a 20m x 4m screen seamlessly looping with no cuts, multiple moving parts, close integration of CGI elements with human actors, morphs between actors, and complex mechanical rigs.

While the neck and head morph was done in After Effects, the greenscreening and compositing of the helm was done in Blender, which allowed for 3D elements to appear both infront and
behind the actors, and the light of the flames to reflect on the actor’s head.

We are planning to show the final video alongside some of Unus’s giant kinetic sculptures on number of galleries in Russia, England and Germany (and perhaps more) in 2019 including
The Federation Tower, Moscow (the tallest building in Europe) and The Saatchi Gallery, London.

Eevee + Alpha : Volumetric Lighting

Creating volumetric lighting (or spotlights in the fog) in Blender with an alpha layer.

This concentrates on the creation of an alpha layer – there already tutorials on the volumetric lighting it’s self.