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Close 'The Gap': great motivational video for creatives!
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
November 21, 2014, at 10:26 AM

Are you satisfied with your creative achievements? If you were to draw a curve of how you gain your creative skills and knowledge what would it look like and where’s the point you think you are in right now? All of you who are doing creative work have to be aware that your work is never complete, however skilled you are, there will always be fields for improvement. And if you’re just past the moment of naïve confidence and you begin to realize who much work’s still ahead, that’s especially the time to work harder.

For all of you creatives here’s a great motivational video called ‘The Gap’ put together by Daniel Sax. It’s based on, and uses the voice of Ira Glass during an interview on storytelling (though it applies to other fields just as well), where he mentions the gap between what you’re achieving in your work and what your taste tells your it should be like. That gap is for you to close.

Without further ado, here’s the video:

As mentioned, the speech comes from interview with Ira Glass, which can be found on YouTube here (other parts also available).


Motion update wishlist by Alex Gollner!
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
November 6, 2014, at 3:27 PM

Despite some predictions of Apple withdrawing from the pro app branch, which appeared more often after the company discontinued Aperture, Final Cut Pro and Motion are successfully continued and are updated regularly. Whether and how much the users have the influence on what’s the subject of an update can be debatable, but there’s no reason not to voice your concerns and requests regarding the changes.



In Alex Gollner’s latest blog post he says that having been inspired by Richard Taylor’s '101+ Requests for Final Cut Pro X’, he constructed a Motion update wishlist of his own. In the beginning he writes that Motion updates have been much less frequent because of the new role Apple has assigned to the app:

Since June 2011, Apple have released many updates to Motion 5, but not at the scale of the changes to Final Cut Pro X. Probably one reason for this disparity is that Motion's new role - as an application that makes plugins for Final Cut Pro X - has proved very successful. As well as the many commercial plugins, individuals have made hundreds of free plugins that add so much to what Final Cut can do.

Then Alex moves on to his list – this includes a total of 25 items presented in no particular order – some of them with explanatory screenshots, other to be illustrated and elaborated on in due time - he promises. We won’t be reposting the entire work of Alex – to read the list please follow this link to his website. Only to name a couple of update suggestions he's named:

  • Keyframable and publishable shape points
  • More Drop Zone clip information available in Motion
  • Parent timeline properties available to Motion
  • Multiple Inspectors
  • Inspector history

At the end of his text, Alex asks for your feedback and help with expanding the list – the info should be sent to his email address at


Color correction - why do we need to convince our audience that they need it!
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
October 24, 2014, at 6:12 PM

They say a good editor is the one who’s work is not noticeable by the viewer. What about color correction? If the colors, skin tones, shades etc. are made so they look natural within a shot and between two separate shots put together, then you can say that the colorist has done a good job. However, Terence Curren in a short article and video posted at poses a valid question: how would your client know the amount (and quality) of work you’ve done, and appreciate your professional services, if the final product looks the way it should look:

"In our industry, I have long believed we have done a disservice to our long-term economic health by being secretive about our craft. If our clients and consumers don’t know exactly what we do, why should they pay more for a skilled artisan?"

The point of the video is not to teach how to perform a professional color correction, but rather to point at some of the work colorists do, in order to increase general awareness how good can a corrected shot look, and the idea to implement changes live as the video progresses seems to do the trick just perfect.

For more information head over to to Terrence's short text on color correction.


Cinefix selection of top 10 Slow-mo scenes of all time
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
October 16, 2014, at 4:01 PM

Slow motion effect, despite being used so often nowadays, has not became a cliché. It can turn trivial actions into spectacular shots (under certain circumstances, of course). Although slo-mo is perfect for capturing events that would otherwise occur too fast to be appreciated at a normal speed, including explosions or gun fights, it can be used for other purposes, which is shown in the latest Cinefix ‘Top 10 slow-mo Moments of All Time’.

The compilation does include some of the great (but obvious) destruction scenes, but very it very consciously draws our attention to slow motion shots that go beyond obvious. These include the traumatizing blood-flood scene from Kubrick’s The Shining, where slo-mo elevates the drama and terror,  or a brilliant opening of Watchmen, where it allows the movie to smuggle more or less subtle allusions. Cinefix compilation also provides a little insight into how some scenes were shot, and does not forget to mention some remarkable scenes, which for some reason have not been included in the ranking.

Here’s the video:

As it happens with compilations choosing the best of the best, the viewers may have different opinions on the choice of movies, but nonetheless the Cinefix selection does include some of the best slow motion scenes out there.


99 cameras to produce a 60 seconds video - awesome Toyota commercial 'Like You've Never Seen Before!'
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
October 16, 2014, at 10:58 AM

Advertising is a very specific branch of filmmaking – within a very short time limit you need to draw the viewers’ attention and hopefully make a lasting impression. The era of intrusive ads that simply encourage to buy a product is long gone, and to be successful and recognizable in a long commercial block you need a truly catchy idea.

Michael Zhang from drew our attention to a Toyota commercial that uses a clever trick – it doesn’t try to hide the presence of a camera (or 99 cameras in this case). Quite the contrary – it probably shows all the techniques filmmakers use (CGI too), and it does it on purpose and overtly. It also includes footage from all types of cameras– from the pro cinema cameras, through DSLRs and action cams, to camcorders. The message in the car ad is also quite clear – Toyota has used all the tech available to make it.

Have a look yourself, it’s a pleasure to watch:

There’s also a (kind of) BTS video available that gives you a little more insight into how it was made, though it’s a shame we’re not let in a little further into the making-of process – it certainly required perfect (literally) cooperation and synchronization from all the camera operators. Nevertheless, there you go:



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