Here is a video on the creation of the Maine Filmmaking motion graphic. It covers how to plan an animation, conduct basic animations in After Effects while using some scripts from aescripts.com and graymachine.com
I used a vector illustration from the Neubau Welt vector illustration book. This is a great asset to have kicking around when you need specific tech drawings or other fine line work vector art.
With HDSLRs the talk is all about shallow depth of field and of course the ruling champion in that regard is the Canon 5D MKII, but that’s not to say you can’t get some pretty decent shallow DOF looks from some of the other popular HDSLR cameras on the market. One such camera is the Panasonic GH2. Using the Micro 4/3 sensor size, the GH2 has a sensor that is about 9 times larger than the average sensor in your common HD video camera including many professional HD camcorders. This larger sensor size, aside from improved image quality and low light capabilities, allows us to get the coveted shallow DOF look.
Like I said the Canon 5D MKII with its full frame 35mm sensor is the king of shallow DOF but don’t think for a moment that cameras like the GH2 can’t achieve a really nice DOF or Bokeh look. If you combine the techniques that have been used for years by shooters using 1/3 or 1/2.5″ sensor you can get a very shallow DOF effect that will isolate your subject in the frame and draw the viewers eye. Here is a small short done using the Panasonic GH2 and the Canon 50mm FD lens for the shallow DOF shots. There are a couple of DOF shots at the start and one in the middle.
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