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Brickyard VFX creates a chocolate world for Ghirardelli

Brickyard VFX’s Santa Monica studio worked with production company Mercy Brothers and ad agency FCB West on a new two-spot Ghirardelli campaign. Brickyard provided complete creative solutions for the campaign from start to finish, including production, edit, motion design, VFX, and finishing.

Chocolate Carving brings viewers into a completely chocolate world with detailed animated drawings that come to life in chocolate, carving out iconic San Francisco hallmarks, such as the Golden Gate Bridge, a cable car and, of course, Ghirardelli Square. Brickyard motion designer Anton Thallner created the illustrations of each element in Adobe After Effects, which CG supervisor/creative director David Blumenfeld then animated in Autodesk Maya to appear as if they were embossed within a 3D chocolate canvas.

Chocolate Carving

“They presented us with a carved chocolate tour of San Francisco with Ghirardelli Square as the destination.  We created the visual palate, ” explains Brickyard managing partner Steve Michaels. “Anton Thallner designed the chocolate story and created all the iconic elements of San Francisco, while David Blumenfeld turned Anton’s line animation into chocolate carved images and timed the piece to tell the story.

As far as the TimeLapse spot, the agency afforded Brickyard a great amount of creative freedom. “We decided to bring Chachi Ramirez of Mercy Brothers in to direct the spot and take on the construction of the entire Ghirardelli Square,” explains Michaels. “They presented the concept of a Ghirardelli fan so enamored with the product that he creates an homage to the factory entirely using only the mini chocolates. The design and execution was a labor of love between the forces of Brickyard VFX, Mercy Brothers and Bix Pix Entertainment.”

 

De:Flicker for After Effects smoothes high frame rate, timelapse capture footage

San Francisco — Re:Vision Effects is now offering De:Flicker for Adobe After Effects, which is designed to smooth out those annoying flicker and artifacts when shooting high frame rate or timelapse video.

De:Flicker (www.revisionfx.com/products/deflicker) not only fixes flicker from artificial light sources but also fixes flicker on multiple objects, even when those objects flicker at different rates.

De:Flicker also minimizes problems when shooting directly at light sources, causing them to “breathe” and change size when shot at higher frame rates.

De:Flicker will also help transform your timelapse photography so that viewers watch the footage you intended them to watch and not the pops that often accompany timelapse photography.

De:Flicker handles the common problems of color shifts, exposure and other camera setting and lighting inconsistencies that may occur from frame to frame. De:Flicker also tames the problems of clouds casting shadows at different places between frames, and performs well when objects appear or disappear from frame to frame.

Man-made light sources can cause havoc, especially now that cameras and smart phones are being made with the ability to shoot at higher and higher frame rates. Dealing with strobing and light source flicker has been very time consuming until now. Without De:Flicker, fixing the problems usually involves creating mattes followed by hand-adjusting the elements. Fixing a short scene using frame-by-frame color correction and zone corrections could take hours, when it is even possible. De:Flicker handles these problems automatically while retaining image detail.

De:Flicker is a set of three plug-ins: one specially designed for problems within high frame rate footage; one specially designed for timelapse photography; and a third one that analyzes and then stabilizes the color and luminance levels of your footage and can be used before more specific processing with one of the other two plug-ins.

De:Flicker works on any system running After Effects CS5, CS5.5 CS6 and CC, including versions activated by Adobe Cloud.

De:Flicker for Adobe After Effects costs $249.95 – but the company is offering a special introductory price, $199.95, through January 31, 2014.