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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Orange Philosophy III — An Effects Experiment

I was pleasantly surprised by working on this video. In the past, I have always viewed effects as "those things people who don't know how to use the software use". They seem gimmicky and unprofessional. That's why I was caught off-guard when I actually liked a lot of the images generated by applying (and combining and tweaking) standard effects filters in Premiere Pro.

I chose to use video with which I am very familiar—it is the first I ever shot and, taken as a whole, it's pretty boring stuff. It also has a lot of potential. The exciting thing about using visual effects is that they allowed me to view the sequence in a completely new way. Suddenly, repetitive actions are fascinating because of the textures they produce or the colors and patterns revealed when the effects are applied. I'd really like to play with looping these different effects segments and then playing them simultaneously on multiple monitors.

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