Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Ross and Bugsy of OneInThree have posted a high quality quicktime of the Leon Jean-Marie video on their website. The more subtle wobble effects come across much better than the youtube version.

Monday, May 26, 2008


Bouncy Pixels from Kevin Atkinson on Vimeo.


Bouncy Pixels Redux from Kevin Atkinson on Vimeo.

First new video effect in a while. It's quite simple, but you get a surprising diversity of behaviour and looks by playing with the half-dozen or so parameters that control it.

There are also a few enhancements I'll be making -- thresholding the perturbations to eliminate the constant low-level wiggling, using "blue noise" pixel distributions, rather than only a grid, and nicely composited pixels, maybe with feathered edges, rather than just circles which overwrite one another.

I used vimeo, since the youtube version just looked too depressingly awful, but apparently it doesn't work for everyone, so here are the youtube versions: first, second.

And here are the quicktime versions: first,
second.

Nuther one coming in a couple days. I'll try not scratching my nose half-way through this one....

Tuesday, May 20, 2008



Here 'tis! When I have a better quality quicktime link, I'll post that. Enjoy!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Bugsy (left) and Ross deep in directorial discussion
I'm in London working on a music video using one of my effects (the wobbly one). We shot it yesterday, and I was able to run a real-time preview on the set. It was my first time on a set of any kind, and my primary ambition was to not bump into anything expensive. I also became acquainted with the the phenomenon of "runners" -- they have people who, when you need something, will get it for you! Brilliant.

The video is being directed by the extemely decent and prodigiously talented Bugsy Steel (left, above) and Ross Cooper (right), who together form oneinthree.tv, and features a great young R&B artist named Leon Jean-Marie, who apart from having great musical chops and dashing good looks, turns out to be able to hold up his end in a conversation about string theory. I'll post some pics later.

I feel quite the hick amidst all of these stylish, prosperous and indefatigably witty Londoners. It's a long way from the lunch-bucket precincts of my home town in Canada.

(So Kert, you were right! It was indeed a music video waiting to happen!)

Update: If you're arriving from promonews, the effect we used is demoed here:

The wobbly effect!

And if you liked that, you'll probably like these as well:

the flowy-fluid effect!
The wavy effect!
The freaky time-shifting effect!