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  • Opening Titles in “Return To The House On Haunted HILL”

    Posted by Rajarshi Basu on December 21, 2007 at 4:57 pm


    How are they doing this effect ? It looks simple yet…

    I think its a stop motion animation, done with red ink, and taken with a digital still camera ???

    But I’m trying the same thing, on a black chart paper with red ink, and the ink gets soaked in the paper and the effect doesn’t quite happen…

    what kind of a background material to use for effects like these ??

    Can someone please shed some light on this ?


    Rajarshi Basu replied 16 years, 2 months ago 5 Members · 7 Replies
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  • Topher Welsh

    December 21, 2007 at 5:04 pm

    My first thought was stop motion but i guess you could simulate it with the liquify tool or some other distortion tool, and just use a ton of Hold Keyframes as it animates down, every other frame or so… to give it that stop motion-ey look

    Topher Welsh
    Head Editor & Motion Graphics

  • Alfonso Gamez jordano

    December 21, 2007 at 5:13 pm

    Just check my last post, for making easily a stop mo effect (after blood has been filmed or digitally created).

    Also, I saw at a tut page (digital grey or something like that, it was called) a tutorial on transforming titles into particular particles. By using that, maybe you could make the particles simulate blood, and go from one word to another 🙂

  • Joe Moya

    December 22, 2007 at 11:48 am

    This effect is not that difficult to achieve once you figure out the drop frame rate you want… which can be very time consuming to achieve. The video example you showed is not a simple example of this effect. In fact, it is a combination of fast and slow motion like effects combined with flash, and solid color, film-negative transitions.

    I’ve tried to create this effect with AE (i.e., vis-a-vis time warp effect) in the past and found it to be waaaay more difficult to achieve using AE than using a simple pro-level NLE. I am not sure what video editing software you use, but chances are you can more easily achieve this slowmo/fastmo/strobe combination effect with simple Strobe filters that (in effect)drops frames in combination with the transition effects I mentioned above. Unfortunately, if you are trying to get the effected in your example… the drop frame rate will change dramatically from one scene transition to another…. which can be very time consuming to get the specific effect to work correctly (…which is probably why they used a lot of black background in the video example).

    Oh yea, the text changes… same thing… the text was created in a “normal” AE special ink spill effect-like fashion… then, the strobe like effect was added. Which is just one more layer added to complicate things.

    Now… for the real killer… sound. Trying to add video sound to drop frames is a real problem if you plan on using the original sound created during the making of the video… in fact, you are better off simply fx’ing all the sound and recreating and adding the sound after you have completed the video. Or, simply dubbing over all the original sound with music and/or voice. Trying to use the original video sound is almost impossible when you use this strobe effect.



  • Rajarshi Basu

    December 22, 2007 at 12:20 pm

    hey joe ,

    i tried to shoot it by using real ink on paper, but the ink kinda gets soaked in the paper. I also tried to blow the ink away at each frame to create the moving effect.

    The strby effect doesnt look like a problem to me actually…the ink morph/ transition does…

    can u suggest what surface to shoot this effect a black background or something ?


  • Joe Moya

    December 22, 2007 at 3:06 pm

    Well, … I’ve never attempted to get that specific effect on film…so, some else may have a better idea.

    But… you might try and use wax paper or… better yet… transparency with any color background you want to use… but, I would suggest a white background since you want to use the ink as a matte… you can add the black background later… but… I might add… I think you should use a light background around the text… the sample text is too dack relative to the black… it would stand out much better (making it much more readable) with some white (or lighter color) in the text.

    I think your just going to have to experiment to get a video reference matte of the text effect.

    Joe Moya

  • Sam Moulton

    December 24, 2007 at 10:20 am

    check the tutorials section. Look or search for flowing title. Change the color from green to red, reduce the glow and you’ve got it.

  • Rajarshi Basu

    December 24, 2007 at 10:30 am

    thanks a lot man…will check it out…


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