Films : Camouflage : tools & techniques

technical

process summary

Drawings on paper were treated in different ways: some were artworked onto Chinese calligraphy paper using paint, biro, chinagraph, tippex and ink. Some were hand coloured digitally using the programme Painter.

Some sequences were shot using a DV camera with insufficient light. These images were then digitized in low resolution and the filters of the line testing software CTP, normally used to clean up the image, were pushed in the opposite direction creating artifacts. The sequences were then composited and coloured in After Effects. Some sequences were animated with marker pen then scanned into the computer. Again the resolution was low and filters were pushed in the wrong direction to mess the image up.

The live action ‘flashbacks’ were telecined, then digitized and then graded to give a slightly old-fashioned look. Where there is a crossover from live action to animation the live action was rotoscoped to become literally a hand drawn tracing which would be scanned and coloured using Painter and After Effects. The two versions of the same movement would be blended together to make a seamless transition also using After Effects.