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18 Free Effects for After Effects & Premiere [Plugins]

 

Free Effects for After Effects - Updated Version 2.0

Favorite Plugins & Presets – Version 2.0

 

When editing any project, there are moments when a visual effect can be applied to help the story be told. These effects can emphasize something to make it more evident, subtly isolate a certain element or blend several assets into one shot. Sometimes these effects are added only as eye candy to add production value to a project. Ideally, you are not adding visual effects to hide mistakes or to cover up deficiencies in the story…but this has been know to happen. (Guilty as charged!)

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The Best Feature Film with No CGI:
Bram Stoker’s Dracula

On 14, Nov 2017 | No Comments | In Cinematography, Editing, Low Budget Filmmaking, VFX | By vashi

 

 

In 1992 Francis Ford Coppola filmed Bram Stoker’s DRACULA with no CGI or digital VFX. He fired his Visual Effects team that said the shots he wanted could not be accomplished without modern digital technology. He hired his son Roman Coppola (only 24 years old at the time) and together they shot all the visual effects with either in-camera and on practical sets. The relied upon tried and true techniques that went back to the birth of cinema. The results were beautiful, organic and surreal while using every trick from the previous 100 years of filmmaking. What could have been done digitally was instead created practically by skilled craftsmen that are slowly becoming obsolete in Hollywood.
I hope that day never fully arrives.

 

 

Here are the practical techniques used to create the visual effects:
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My First After Effects VFX Shot (2003)

On 15, Nov 2016 | No Comments | In After Effects, Low Budget Filmmaking, VFX | By vashi

I have been editing film and video since the age of 12. Cutting footage, crafting performances and telling stories with VCRs, Steenbecks and NLEs. In 2003, I started expanding my filmmaking skill set and began experimenting with Adobe After Effects 5.5. The first time I opened it up…I expected to see explosion buttons, lightsaber buttons and muzzle flash buttons. Unfortunately not the case at all! This was a brave new world where everything had to be created from scratch so I dove in.

 

The first of many books I've bought written by Mark Christiansen

One of many After Effects books written by Mark Christiansen (2002)

 

I designed a one-take shot in my apartment so I could practice my non-existent After Effects skills. With a locked off DVX-100 and some amazing acting skills (!) I filmed myself and imported the Mini-DV footage into After Effects. I grabbed some free explosions and sparks from Detonation Films and started compositing.

 

I present to you GOOD MORNING…a 35-second VFX extravaganza from 2003 for your enjoyment!

 


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Adobe MAX 2015 – From Sharks to Superheroes

On 04, Oct 2015 | One Comment | In Editing, VFX | By vashi

 

Sharks to Superheroes

Adobe MAX 2015 – Vashi Nedomansky

 

ADOBE MAX 2015 – The Creativity Conference will be held in Los Angeles from October 3 to October 7. I’m very proud to have been invited to present and will be speaking about the work I have edited over the last year. I will share my experiences editing 2 feature films, 2 documentaries, a music video, a short film and a commercial. All of these projects were cut in Adobe Premiere Pro because…for me, it’s the most powerful, flexible and constantly improving NLE out there.

 

From Sharks to Superheroes

Adobe MAX – Vashi Nedomansky

 

Here are some of my projects I will be discussing:

SHARKNADO 2: The Second One

THAT WHICH I LOVE DESTROYS ME – PTSD documentary

PENTATONIX – Mary Did You Know (Music Video with 37 million views)

DEADPOOL – The 2016 Marvel Super Hero film starring Ryan Reynolds

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