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Modern Dance Video in After Effects
The award winning motion designer Pierre Magnol (aka Bright Photon) talks about making a modern dance video with Yanobox Mosaic in his latest project: HKSTRONG, a film commissioned by the Hervé Koubi dance company.
We have previously featured Pierre’s work on the promo video for the Falcon 8X from Dassault Aviation and his work to convey what a depressed AI might feel like.
What was the goal of the project?
This project was totally improvised. The choreographer Hervé and I wanted to make a very short and energetic movie about racism. I wanted to expose the beauty and diversity of our kind. I created most of the project myself, with the help of Hervé Koubi and his dancers of course. A totally free project. We wanted to be free.
How much time did you have?
We did 4 hours of shooting and then I took five days to edit and composite the movie. Obny created the wonderful music for the piece. It was a very quick project.
What tools and workflow did you use?
I shot with my Nikon Z6. I did the editing in Adobe Premiere and the all the compositing & color correction in After Effects. I tried to keep it very simple. I knew I wanted to use Yanobox Mosaic for this project from the start.
What shots did you use Mosaic for in the project?
I used Mosaic in almost every shot, even if the use is subtle in some of them. Mosaic is a very versatile plugin that was destined to be used in such a project because of its modernity and strong graphical / radical approach of the typographic elements.
Is this the first project you have used Mosaic on? Do you have some other examples?
I used plugins by Yanobox for years, they are so great. I recently used Mosaic to build a greetings card.
Bright Photon is Pierre Magnol
Pierre started his career in 1998 as a video and film editor for Le Groupe Canal + before moving on to the wonderful world of graphic design for several broadcast channels and luxury brands.
Macro photography and beautiful lighting are two constants throughout much of his work, as Pierre constantly strives to bring a unique perspective to each and every piece, whether it be live photography, computer graphics, or hand crafted images.