Depending on who you ask, there is a saying, and regardless of which way you look at it, it still says the same thing:
“Once you stop learning you start dying” – Albert Einstein
“The day we stop learning is the day we die.” – Michael Scott
“The day you stop learning is the day you stop living…” – Tetsuyama-san
My mother always used to tell me this, and I swear to god that instilled in me a lifelong love of learning. I can often be found looking something up on google to figure out how to take it apart or fix it, and often times I am glued to some kind of YouTube video tutorial on the latest piece of software I am using.
Well, lately I have decided to embark on a project in which the scope and scale of things seems almost impossible for one person to do. But I am hell-bent and determined to do it! The project of which I speak is a short film on plastics in the ocean, shot in full spherical video, with all sorts of information, graphics, photos, etc, all incorporated in my 3-D, 360° space.
Ok, so you have all seen the credits at the end of a film, even an animated short. And that credit roll usually includes a dozen or more people, many times there are many people just doing editing, color grading, compositing, etc. Well, for some oddly insane reason I have decided to take this on completely myself, playing all the parts. So I become not only the story-teller, but also the camera man, sound guy, graphic editor, researcher, video editor, content editor, motion graphics composer, renderer and even promoter!
Add on to all those responsibilities the fact that I am determined to do this in spherical video so its more attractive to today’s youth, and with virtually no information on 360° film making save for a few motion graphics tutorials, I am forging new ground and constantly challenging myself and learning new things daily.
Lately I’ve been really experimenting with and learning a ton about using motion graphics in a 360° setting. Recently, much of my editing has been done in Adobe After Effects and Adobe Premiere Pro, as Adobe recently acquired Mettle who made the Skybox series of editing plugins for 360° video. To say that I feel like I have gone backwards and feel like the days of old where it took forever to render just a straight cut, flat video in low res, would be an understatement. My laptop is decent enough to do it, but some of these file sizes are gigantic! Some renders can be hours long, only to find out I don’t like how it looks in the end, and I need to delete it, and re-position something.
You’re always learning… Today I concentrated on figuring out how to do photo and video pop-outs, and be able to place them in my 360 degree space. Next thing will be animating them in my 360 space. Little by little my project will come together. One small bite at a time.. After all, there will be a few hundred pop-outs of various types (photo, video, stats, info), and I get to make each and every one of them!