It’s Copy Cat Friday, the best day of the week! And yes it’s even better then Saturday or Sunday. Today we are recreating the most requested video of all time. We were surprised how many of you asked us to do this effect. And you know us, we like to listen to you. But it’s also a very cool effect and a challenge to make it. The title already gives away which effect we mean, which is the rotation effect around your subject from Maroon 5 – Girls Like You. But the effect has something extra, when rotating the person in the back disappears behind the actor in front. And then a new actor appears while they keep rotating, creating an endless loop.
We also did the name announcement for the winners of our Give-Away, definitely check out the video to see if you won something. And if you did, check your E-mails and reply to us as fast as you can! Because after three days we are obligated to pick a new random winner and that would be sad if you lost your price that way.
But back to the effect from Maroon 5. We knew that they did the effect with a motion controlled dolly system and probably also a bolt camera robot arm. That’s why we started to think about how we could create a cheap and simple motorized dolly. We bought a secondhand Gocart and figured out a way to motorize it with a drill and it worked! But then we mounted a tripod to the Gocart and a camera, we then saw that the footage was way to shay and not usable. For this effect you need really steady footage, with the same speed and motion. That’s why we decided not to do it with a motorized dolly, because the one we made was really bad.
After a huge brainstorming session we came up with our current idea, which is using a green screen and separate clips for each person and enviroment. These clips were then combined in post production with some keying and masking. We know that it isn’t the same as the real one, but it comes close!
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