Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Go go gadget compositing breakdown!

Today we had a pretty interesting drop-in session with the one and only Pat Imrie on showreels, and it got me thinking about mine, and what kind of career I'd gear it towards.

I've always been interested in compositing, editing and visual effects. I really love seeing the process of bringing hundreds of separate elements, beautifully crafted by talented artists, and stitching them together in an epic tapestry of explosions, particles and motion blur. I enjoy the freedom you can get with compositing and post production, you can change the mood or tone of an entire shot. It's powerful stuff!

I'm not sure whether I'd like to do it as a career or not, because I really love the animation and more creative side of things too. Regardless, Pat's talk inspired me to have a whack at a breakdown of a shot. The only shot I've got fully composited for our project is the opening scene (sans title) from the previous blog post. The entire 6s shot has about 30 separate layers throughout, I picked the frame with the most elements for the breakdown (18). Hope you find it interesting!


Lava - Compositing Breakdown from Kieran Duncan on Vimeo.


  1. Perfect, exactly the kind of thing you would be expected to have on a reel. The next step is to do apply this to an animated sequence and build up the elements as the scene plays through. Nice stuff!!

  2. Thanks a lot for the feedback pat, I'll have a go at doing one on an animated sequence, but I don't know if I'll have any that are long enough. Cheers!

  3. Kieran, I hate you. This looks aaaamazing. ;)