Thursday, October 20, 2011

Cinemagraphs

I've had a couple people ask how I did the current header, so here's a (quick) recipe:

Vintage photo, w/pieces painted over in photoshop, so they won't interrupt the animation.
Which one is creepier?  You decide.

I filmed my 17-yr old sister sitting very still & doing Creepy Eyes.  Import .mov into after effects.
Animate a mask around the eyes as they blink.  (Add a little feather to the edges)
Desaturate, superimpose over the top of the vintage pic.
Render as gif

Ta dumm
Here is an in-depth tutorial.  If you don't know after effects, you can do it in just in photoshop, too.

My first attempt, with my older sis & her new baby.
 Is it nice to have a lot of sisters?  Why yes.  Yes it is.

So far these are my first and only tries at cinemagraphs, but the looping & composing was surprising easy (took maybe 90 minutes or so.)  I think if I do more of this stuff it would have to be a collaboration, as I'm not a great photographer.  But boy it sure was fun.

One day I'll figure out how to make them as gorgeous as this

12 comments:

Heather Dixon said...

Also: if anyone knows how to make the gifs have less grain, tell me plz

Tom Dixon said...

very nice!

I think gifs are restricted to 256 distinct colors, so you may not have many options.

Julie said...

Heather, you truly are amazing!

Caitlyn said...

I've never heard of cinemagraphs before. They're really cool! Yours are great and you're right, the ones on the other site are beautiful!

Kevin Keele said...

This is so cool! I'm in awe. Awe!

Jeff C said...

Very cool! For gifs with less grain, try the advice offered here: http://sketchadventure.blogspot.com/2011/07/moving-comics.html

Aaron Ludwig said...

That's cool.

Leo said...

If you don't come talk at Orem High School, you will never see Hannah Thompson again...

just kidding...

Though it would be nice :D

superguy said...

Heather I hate to spoil your fun but that has a bit of weeping angel flavor to it. :D

The Andimator said...

Ironically, my employer wants me to create one of these for a client's website--thank you for posting this--saves me some time searching how to do these!!

Heather Dixon said...

@ Jeff - Awesome! I think that's just what I needed to see.

@Andimator - How funny--my work is talking about having us make some too! It's nice to be on the cutting edge of trends :D :D

@Leo - I'd probably need to see her bound and gagged...

@Superguy - OMIGOSH...I HAVE TO DO ONE NOW O____O

Leo said...

Fine!!! I will!!!! BWAHAHAHA!!!!!