Stop Motion Animation Magic

Spent a lot of weekend editing a stop motion music video. All I can say is that editing stop motion ain’t easy. It’s a process of cutting one frame at a time and fine tuning each frame by hand – so there’s no such thing as instant gratification at all in this. It gets kinds of frustrating because being deeply absorbed in frames, you get tunnel vision and start to see each single frame only for each single frame, as a static artifact with no context, and not seeing that frame’s part in the entire whole. 

But when you work for hours on end, then you stop, hit rewind, exhale, sip in air slowly, press play and exhale while you watch 1 minute your work unfold in front of you ….. it’s 1 minute of the purest magic.

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Downloaded to Premiere At SXSW

The feature film “Downloaded” that I worked as assistant editor on, will premiere at SXSW this March!  

Downloaded_VH1

NEW YORK, NY- January 15, 2012 – VH1′s Emmy award-winning “Rock Docs” franchise will present the world premiere of the long awaited story of the monumental rise and fall of Napster with the documentary “Downloaded” at the SXSW Film Festival. Directed by Alex Winter, “Downloaded” will make its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival.


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Jane’s Addiction – NYC show – 29 December 2012

Jane’s Addiction show in NYC was nothing short of pure rock and roll magic and larger than life spectacle of cascading reverbed vocals, swirling wall-of-sound guitar, in your face drums, a bass bump you could dance to, supernatural lyrics with the mystical kitch of an Ouija board, nostalgic tales of love, reminiscence on the triumph of romance, beauty throughout youth to age, and Cirque du Soleil like trapeze artists dancing above the audience wearing costumes and masks lifted from a phantasmorgic mind meld of shamanistic psychedelia and boundary streching surrealism.

Biggest ovation of the evening is when Perry brought 2 NYC firefighters on stage and he announced that 100 percent of profits from tonight’s show would be donated to funds to help victims of Hurricane Sandy. ♥ you Jane’s!

Here is a photo that my friend Zach Lear took at the show.

Janes Addiction NYC December 29th - photo by Zach Lear

Here are two photographs of some paintings that Zach Lear did of Jane’s Addiction.  He has more paintings for sale.  If you’d like to contact him, please check out his blog.

Zach Lear painting of Perry Farrell

Zach Lear painting of Dave Navarro

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The Pictures Generation – Exhausted

The music video that I edited for The Pictures Generation is live!  The song “Exhausted” is great.  I think you will all love the work that we did :)

 

an industrial ballet

video produced by Matthew Kent and Charlie Kirby

edited by Charlie Kirby

Music and Lyrics by Matthew Kent (C) 2012 performed by The Pictures Generation

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Vignette in Avid Media Composer

How to create a vignette effect in Avid Media Composer

- Put video on V1
- On V2, make “add edits” on clip borders
- In effect palette, add the following effect:  Image> Paint Effect
- Open the Effect Editor
- Zoom out of image using the zoom tool on the right side of the Composer window

- Choose the Rectangle tool
- Set mode to “solid”
- Draw rectangle over image
- Choose color in Effect Editor (usually black)

- Now you can draw the vignette shape (usually with oval tool), so:
- Choose oval tool and set mode to “erase”
- Draw vignette shape
- Select “feathering” and “bias” to your taste

:)   Charlie Kirby

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Unlocking Avid bins on Unity

I’ve been working as an Assistant Editor/Junior Editor on an awesome TV documentary series.  Our storage workspaces are connected to an Avid Unity Connection Manager.  On Tuesday I worked in room A.  Then on Wednesday we moved to room B.  Since we are working on Avid Unity storage, this should be an easy transition.  However, the bins I created in room A were still locked to the user in room A, so I couldn’t use them in room B.  So here’s what I did to unlock those bins.  

I navigated in Windows to our project partition.  Then I opened our project folder and located the bin I wanted to unlock.  In this case, the locked bin was called “Accused”.  So I located the file named “Accused.lck”   Then I deleted the .lck files.  This is an Avid bin lock file.  (please see photo below).  After doing that, I went back into Avid Media Composer, and the bins were unlocked.  If they aren’t, then right click on each bin in the project and select “unlock bin”, and that should do it for you!  

Avid Bin Lock File

Please note:  DO NOT DELETE YOUR .avb files, as these are Avid bin files.  Just delete the .lck files.  

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Drawing of Charlie Kirby by Zach Lear

My friend Zach Lear drew a picture of me while I was playing guitar with our friend Andrew Nieporent, at the Fine Grind Coffee Bar –  June 10 2012.  Thanks Zach!

Drawing of Charlie Kirby by Zach Lear - June 2012

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Still Specs for Scanning Images to use in Video Editing

Still Specs for Scanning Images to use in Video Editing
- Scan as close to 4000 pixels in either direction, without going over. For example, if you scan an 8.5” x 11” sheet of paper, it should be about 2909w x 4000h in total pixel count. This would be a dpi of about 363
- Avid and Final Cut Pro both have difficulty working with image sizes larger than 4000 pixels in any direction. 
- One dpi setting will not be useful for all scanned images. Please adjust your dpi so that is as close to 4000 pixels in either direction without going over. 
 - All images must be saved in RGB, not grayscale, CMYK or any color space other than RGB. Most systems will not be able to work with anything other than RGB color space. 
- File format should be either .tiff (TIFF) or .tga (Targa). 
- Tiff’s should be saved as 8bit, uncompressed, in Mac byte order. 
- Targas should be saved 32bit, uncompressed. 

This will produce and image file that can be used in SD or HD and be enlarged as much as 208% for HD and 555% for SD with out degradation. Also it will offer a format that is useful in, Final Cut Pro After Effects, Avid and a bunch of other software. 

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A Film In Color | Band

On Sunday January 22nd  2012, I saw the band A Film in Color play at The Meat Locker in Montclair, NJ.  Twenty four hours later and my ears are still ringing!  I should have known better when right before the show, the band set up two amps on stage, then their crew brought in two more amps … after which they brought in four more amps, followed by them bringing in a few amp heads.  I’m pretty sure I lost count after nine amps and a few heads.

Alex Lee, guitarist of A Film In Color

Alex Lee, guitarist of A Film In Color

Alex Lee, guitarist of A Film In Color

^ 20120123 – Alex Lee, guitarist of A Film In Color. Photo taken at the Meat Locker in Montclair, NJ.  I sharpened this one a little in Photoshop. Also created another layer of guitarist and adjusted exposure on layers separately.

Alex Lee, guitarist of A Film In Color

Alex Lee, guitarist of A Film In Color

A Film In Color

A Film In Color, Meat Locker, Montclair New Jersey NJ

No Smoking Turd, Meat Locker, Montclair, NJ

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Beauty of the Unseen

Beauty of the Unseen

“Beauty of the Unseen” – Photo by Charlie Kirby

In creating this image, I started with a photograph of a person, then I copied and pasted a small section of a reflection on the wall behind them.  Inspired by a phrase in a prayer by Baha’u'llah that there is a hidden secret beauty, in plain view, all around us – I got to work.  I brought that small section into Photoshop and blew it up to 1920 x 1080 to find the “hidden Secret” beauty within it.   Once in Photoshop, I played around with color balance, contrast, gamma and other image controls.  There truly is an unseen beauty all around us and we just need to find it!  If you would like to see this image in full 1920 x 1080 resolution, please click this link.

“I testify that through Thee
the sovereignty of God and His dominion,
and the majesty of God and His grandeur, were revealed,
and the Day-Stars of ancient splendor have shed their radiance in the heaven
of Thine irrevocable decree,
and the Beauty of the Unseen hath shone forth above the horizon of creation.

I testify, moreover, that with but a movement of Thy Pen Thine injunction
“Be Thou” hath been enforced,
and God’s hidden Secret hath been divulged,
and all created things have been called into being,
and all the Revelations have been sent down.”

~ Baha’u'llah

Here is the original section, before image editing in Photoshop:

Beauty of the Unseen_original

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