I’ve downloaded the demo version of the VJing App Modul8 that we use at University, they have some MacBook Pro’s with this software installed for student use for live Video performance and so I’ve installed the demo on my Mac so that I can practice using the application before using it in any projects.
Modul8 - VJing App
Initially I thought it was difficult to get started with Modul8 but after reading the manual – that’s right I actually read the manual I’ve since found it an easy App to use. It has drawbacks but these can be adapted to or worked around. But what it really needs is an input device which the App supports via a midi interface.
This device would make it easier to control the sequence of videos easier than using a computers keyboard or mouse. Alternatively I notice it is possible to design Modules and maybe I’ll look into putting one of these together or maybe modifying an existing one such as the slide-show module.
Interestingly I notice it also supports DMX which means it should be possible to integrate lighting control, making it easier to control the whole performance from one laptop.
I’ll update this article with some more posts once I’ve had time to really get to grips with the App and see what it can do as it is currently being used in a MA students live performance of Midsummers Night’s Dream that I’m assisting with so hopefully I can pass on some insights later.
Horror Film Titles
Tuesday 12th April 2011
Hammer Horror Titles
Who can forget those Horror Film Titles, the Blood Red titles on the old Hammer Horror films. There was no other choice than to do something similar with the titles to the ‘Phantom of the Opera’. I did not want them to be exactly the same but definitely red and in that stylised font that suggests dripping blood and instantly recognised as Horror Film Titles.
Hammer House of Horror
I found this clip of a trailer for Dracula – watch for the titles in the middle. I also thought that it might be a good idea to use an effect to simulate dripping blood and I found several After Effects examples of doing this in particular one using ‘Time Displacement’ where the titles could be made to seemingly drip downwards. I decided not to do this in the end as to be honest I felt it looked un-professional.
Scene backgrounds and characters – Horror Film Titles
The images for the scenes I used for my sequence came from a variety of sources both from the Internet and from photographs that I scanned into Photoshop for manipulation. Adding Filter Effects and removing backgrounds etc.
The Phantom of the Opera 1925 – Horror Film Titles
This is the original film that I based my film title sequence on. As I’ve mentioned previously I was not aware of this film I had thought the only video I’d find would be footage from the stage adaptions. As you can see the only effect in this film was the de-focused opening titles the rest are just static text overlays.