Inky Title Sequence

RodyPolis and Creative Dojo recently hosted a contest to give 3 people a chance to win Rody’s Ink FX Bundle, valued at $79, which includes his stock footage packs Ink FX Studio and Ink FX Flow. Dojo provided 3 ink assets that participants had to use in an interesting and unique way to create an animation of their choosing.

Above is my submission; I drew inspiration from the Sherlock Holmes films with Robert Downey Jr. The end credits of the two movies are stylized frames drawn on paper with ink. I would have liked the clip to be longer and include more people, however the contest rules limited the submissions to 10-15 seconds. Below is the process of color grading and lighting the clip. The video-in-ink effect was accomplished by using the Set Matte effect on the clip.

Top Left: Original. Top Right: Tint and Curves to actor footage. Bottom Left: Light added. Bottom Right: Curves, Vignette, Shake, Bleach Bypass, Lens Dirt, Flicker, Zoom Blur

Top Left: Original. Top Right: Tint and Curves to actor footage. Bottom Left: Light added. Bottom Right: Curves, Vignette, Shake, Bleach Bypass, Lens Dirt, Flicker, Zoom Blur

I actually had not planned on adding a 3D Light into the scene. Most everything was done, I had finalized my color grading, Shake and Letterbox, and was about to export the final piece. Suddenly I thought, “what would a Light do?” At first it was too close to the layers and made nearly the whole viewer white, but after adjusting the position I found that it added a nice variation of light and dark, seen in the bottom left frame. It really added another level of cinematic quality that I did not expect.

Hope you guys enjoyed my contest submission and the small Before/After. Tutorial coming soon so be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel, and I’ll see you all in the next video.

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