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Principals of Computer Graphics – Personal Portrait

Personal Portrait

Wednesday 1st December 2010

Making changes and adding more effects

Adobe After effects & Premiere Pro Screenshots

Adobe After effects & Premiere Pro Screenshots

During the post production process for the Viral Video I discovered a number of interesting effects which prompted me to look again at the Personal Portrait and make some changes and see if I would be able to include some of these effects adding to audience participation and the look of the end result.

I particularly felt that the ending of my film was a bit weak and needed something to enhance both the image and sound. Luckily I remembered a very small sound sequence that I’d heard recently which seemed very appropriate. Incorporating this sound sequence gave me an idea of how I wanted the final film sequence to look and so I began to look at and experiment with effects for example Tinting; adjusting the Hue, the Lighting, Edge Effects and others until I found a combination which worked for me and the overall effect I was trying to achieve.

I was aiming for final video sequence to just show the outline of the image, somewhat similar in effect to the Stamp filter in Photoshop. After experimenting by trying each effect in turn I hit upon  the right combination of effects which was ideal for the look I was after, this also had the additional benefit that allowed me to cut and edit the clip almost seamlessly syncing the mouth movements to the soundtrack. The effects were a mix of ‘Change Color’ using the Color Correction Mask which I then matched to White and then inversed it. Then finally combining this with ‘Solarisation’ to give this outline/Stamp like effect for the final image.

I also decided to up the quality of the content to HD that is 1080p and compress the running time of the film to be just less than a minute.

The completed Personal Portrait


The intended message for an audience to take from my Self Portrait is in it’s representation of time – in this case time passing. Each photograph is representative of its place in time, be it a decade, a key moment in time a memory, an interest. My Digital Portrait is in two parts – the first part began as a 2D image a digital composition produced from photographs which I then imported into Adobe Premiere CS5/CS4 and edited into a video sequence. This part of the Portrait remains a 2D image even though it has now been transformed into a moving image. “In this interface, the horizontal dimension represents time, while the vertical dimension represents the spatial order of the different layers making up each image” Manovich, Lev. The Language of New Media. The MIT Press, 2001, p. 155. The second part of the Portrait, a series of five video sequences again edited in Premiere has also been edited using After Effects CS4 and a number of effects have been added (See previous Blog entry) and this adds another dimension to the images. “If the Premiere interface conceptualises editing as an operation in 2D dimensions, the interface of one of the most popular compositing programs, After Effects 4.0, adds a third dimension.” Manovich, Lev. The Language of New Media. The MIT Press, 2001, p. 156.


As to influences the most obvious is David Hockney recently introduced in a lecture and his work on Montages for example Pearblossom Highway, 11th-18th April 1986 and assume vivid astro focus exhibition at the Tate Liverpool. “This new work, commissioned for Tate Liverpool to complement the exhibition Summer of Love: Art of the Psychedelic Era, is an all-encompassing environment combining exuberant wallpaper designed by the artist and several video projections. The centre piece is a video montage, an on-going project of potentially unlimited duration since new footage is added to it for each venue.”

Another Personal Portrait – this version created using my Facebook Profile and the Intel Application ‘ The Museum of Me’ which went live in June 2011 but I thought would be worth posting here.

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