Southeast Drift‘s Drivers Only event turned out to be insane. I totally destroyed 10 tyres at the event… and with several DriftMechaniks in attendance… the tandem was certified gnarl. The atmosphere was super-laid back without spectators, and limited run-groups. It made for a nice change of pace from normal drift events.Shawn Watson came out to the event, and snapped some awesome shots. He wanted to try and emphasize more movement in the photos, so he did a lot of panning. The pictures turned out different from most drift event photos, in an amazing way. I think the overcast day helped to add a cool feel to his photos.Here are a few he shot of the e46 in action. To check the full roster of snaps, check the gallery page that Cody Wellons hosted for him.rnrnrnI’ve got a killer desktop image that Shawn shot from the event that I will post up tomorrow… so keep an eye out.
The long-awaited follow-up to the first installment. This video continues the horror-inspired, theatrical slow-motion – while trying to keep the “sequel” status from collapsing into common franchise stereotypes that the horror genre is known for.Principal photography for this project was plagued with technical difficulties from the start. Cameras falling off cars, HDD cameras shutting themselves off before every run, lens issues, focusing problems… it was all there. While this video didn’t quite live up to my personal expectation and original creative vision… it did turn out well.
This is a short example of how I use motion tracking and 3D cameras inside of After Effects to reduce shaky video shots from vehicle-mounted cameras. I use a lot of unconventional tricks in AE in an effort to make drift videos that are different and unique.This clip was shot at Southeast Drift’s Triple Threat III event at Turner Field in Atlanta, GA. rnThis shot features Erin Sanford and Austin Lawless running chase tandem, while I’m running lead with the camera mounted on my rear bumper.This clip differs from most “chase-cam” shots, in that the shooting car is also drifting. rnThis is the same shooting style I used for “KILL OR BE KILL”.A screenshot of the track points from inside After Effects:rnAll of the jagged points are camera shake. By implementing a 3D camera and using these track points as anchor point data for the camera, I am able to smooth out the camera movement with a simple expression.