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Old October 31st, 2009, 07:32 AM   #1
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UWOL#15-"1000 Feet"

Well, I shot this one in SD to save rendering time so I could get back to working on my Long Form entry as quickly as possible. With the new camera and new compression software I think Iím getting better image quality, though. Most of the shooting was done in conjunction with shooting for the Long Form. The last bit is a tip oí the hat to Catherine Russell and her excellent UWOL Long Form entry. (Please be sure to see her feedback thread.) It is a much simplified version (with different content) of an animation that I did for my own Long Form that was inspired by Catherineís work. Thanks Cat!

Contest size- 16 MB:
http://www.hotspot-online.net/Video/...Feet-small.mp4

Larger version- 34MB:
http://www.hotspot-online.net/Video/...Feet-large.mp4
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Old October 31st, 2009, 08:59 AM   #2
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Mike,

The macro shots are clear and the colors are great.
The sound and narrating are also fine and interesting.
The book sequence at the end is amazing.
I really like what you have done here.
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Old October 31st, 2009, 10:01 AM   #3
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Mike,

this was awesome, discovery chanel material for certain. The naration is excellent and I learned some really cool stuff!!

What are you shooting the close ups with?
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Old October 31st, 2009, 04:11 PM   #4
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Beautiful macro photography and a nice educational story behind the film too. I learned a lot about a subject I really knew nothing about. Thanks Mike !
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Old October 31st, 2009, 04:48 PM   #5
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Thank-you Finn-Erik. I am pleased that you enjoyed it.
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Old October 31st, 2009, 04:50 PM   #6
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Thanks Dale. The macro was shot at various focal lengths on the XLH1a with EF100-400L and Canon 500D close up diopter attached.
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Old October 31st, 2009, 05:04 PM   #7
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Thank-you Chris. I hope everyone noticed that this is a different salamander this time. It is a Spotted Salamander, which is a cousin of the Tiger Salamander from my previous UWOL.
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Old October 31st, 2009, 06:35 PM   #8
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O.K. Mike:

I'm speechless! This entry is stunning. The macro shooting is fabulous and it was so interesting. Not only that, but entertaining too! I laughed out loud at the "Do not disturb" sign.

But the ending... HOW did you do that book? It was awesome. A tip of the hat to me? If so, in inspiration only. I need a lesson on how you did the pages like that. The flowing movement and the details on each page. I'm thrilled you did so well with that! I know it was After Effects, and that is my playground too. Can you give me a few tips? At the end of my long form, I would like to close my book as well, and would love a few pointers.

Thanks Mike! Best of luck this round. What is the status of the motherboard and completing your long form. I hope you are up and running again!

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Old October 31st, 2009, 07:57 PM   #9
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Hi Catherine- Iím glad you liked the video. I was worried you might be offended. The animation is set up to open the book, so to close it I just played it backwards. The main animation is done in Lightwave9 with the cover and pages all separate objects. Then to animate them is just a matter of rotating and bending the appropriate objects for each frame. The content is jpegs prepared in Photoshop and mapped to the page surfaces. The things that sell it are the use of perspective, rotating and zooming the camera while the pages turn and the sound effects. The frame zooming into the page is done in AfterEffects. I did a frame grab of the last frame of the previous clip and used it to make the jpeg mapped to the page. I then put the Lightwave animation on an AE layer with the frame grab above and used the pin corner effect to animate it zooming in. In the Long Form I open then close a different book and do some other things in between. Iím close to back on track for the Long Form- see the Wonder and Woe thread. Feel free to contact me with questions:
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Old November 1st, 2009, 04:56 AM   #10
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Mike, this was nice, real nice! Totally agree with what has been said already.
I love the macro shots. So nice to see the details, and hear the story you told.
And the artwork with the closing of the book in the end. Impressive! I see you and Catherine are the masters of After Effects. :)
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Old November 1st, 2009, 09:12 AM   #11
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Mike,
Very nice! The macro footage is outstanding. A nice entertaining and educational video. I had no idea that millipedes lived that long.
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Old November 1st, 2009, 09:49 AM   #12
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Trond- Thanks for the nice comment! These programs have such a steep learning curve that I am no where near a master. Iím still an apprentice thatís learning something new every day. Most of what I learn comes from watching the rest of you!
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Old November 1st, 2009, 09:52 AM   #13
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Rich- Thank-you. There is much more I could have told you except for time limitations. For example, did you notice the small semicircular bumps at the base of the antennae? Theyíre called TŲmŲsvŠry organs. They are a sense organ ,so far, not found in any other group. They allow millipedes to sense relative humidity.
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Old November 1st, 2009, 10:11 AM   #14
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Mike,

Fascinating creatures, even if they do make me shiver with all those little legs for some reason.

That was beautifully shot, the colors were lovely and the macro shots (including a rack focus in macro mode to show off the legs) were perfectly executed. Excellent use of graphics, and the section on mating did raise a chuckle. A well-told story, well researched.

Nice one!
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Old November 1st, 2009, 12:51 PM   #15
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Mike.. I always enjoy your entries. You always have nice footage, often unique and breathtaking, and there is generally something to learn, if not in cinematograghy (which there often is something I take away from your films in that arena) but in learning about the subject matter.

If you are not somehow involved in education, or some offshoot thereof, you should be.

Thanks for a very interesting (if creepy) piece.

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