Category: Tutorials

Tips and tricks from software I use on a daily basis. Sometimes you may find these helpful.

Video Tutorial: Digital Compositing Basics

This tutorial guides you through my process of compositing multiple video elements into a completed shot from the short film Europa. To follow along with me you will need three things; Adobe After Effects 5.0 or later, Magic Bullet’s Colorista Free, and the source footage.

This video is intended to be a look at the creative process, not an after effects tutorial, which can be found in great abundance all over the web.

Tutorial: Digital Compositing Basics from Chris Churchill on Vimeo.

Please let me know what you think. I’d like to do a lot more of these. The next one I will be doing will be to show how to create a Stereo 3D anaglyph of this shot.

Digital Compositing Basics

Last weekend my colleagues and I at the University of Central Arkansas and Reel Arkansas co-hosted a one day workshop with the Thea Foundation.  I was fortunate to spend 45 minutes with eight very gifted and passionate young filmmakers and share with them the basics of digital compositing.  I promised I would upload the project files we used during the workshop. So, here they are:

Digital Compositing Project Files

In the next week or two I will include a brief video tutorial so stay tuned.

This shot is from my most recently completed project entitled Europa. Europa is a Stereo3D short film produced in Arkansas on a custom built t2i camera rig.  I will be posting much more on Europa in the near future including my thoughts on the future of 3D.