Modern Media, VFX and You
Visual effects are a staple of modern digital media. Today, graphics are everywhere, from blockbuster films to small student projects. Most likely due to VFX’s current ease of access and that the software is now the cheapest its ever been. Not to mention the endless library of free tutorials online at video sites like YouTube or Vimeo. Want to know how to make realistic fire? Search it on YouTube, and within half an hour you’ll have a fire that could pass in a short film.
Unfortunately, there is a downside to friendly VFX software like After Effects and Cinema 4D. It has caused an online influx of videos with lazy or poor attempts at visual effects and design.
Bad design is fine for hobby projects or amateur work, as it shows interest or the desire to improve. But far too many professional video production companies are selling animation quick and easy. Often these videos show knowledge of the software, but not the rules and basic principles.
As a result this leads to messy, directionless graphics that look cheap. Putting viewers off and creating a bad image for VFX enthusiasts. Graphics need more time and energy than most production teams give credit for.
The solution is simple, thats-it, simple. Tone down the design and make it more streamlined. Focus on putting more objective into each motion – not having fifty in ten seconds. An effect for this? Parallax motion.
Parallax Motion in VFX
Parallax motion has become more popular in visual design over recent years. It’s simple to make, but striking to view. Parallax effect is the motion between foreground and distant background elements. If the viewpoint pans quickly from side-to-side, the closest objects appear to move slower than those far away.
Understanding this motion is essential for beginners and new-comers to VFX. Parallax shows depth, weighted motion, object placement and 3D space all coming together. Experimenting and learning about these principles leads to stronger design work going forward.
Beyond the software, parallax only needs a single photo or art-piece, both you can get for free online. When confident and ready, extra details can enter the scene. Secondary animation, lighting, blurs and filters will bring out an already solid animation.
Visual effects take dedication, like most things. Being a wide industry beginners need to find somewhere to begin. For that foothold, it’s recommended all VFX newcomers get familiar with parallax motion. Research and scout for online tutorials, you can create a starter parallax in under fifteen minutes. Learn and master these basics, and be well on the way to creating stunning visual effects.