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These commercials and videos highlight the use of special effects from Green Screen Shooting to After Effects animation to Trick Photography.

Project Reads – Larger Than Life

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https://vimeo.com/124974611 This presentation was created for the Project Reads Champions For Children's Education breakfast. The video features actual participants in the Project Reads program. The students came to the Media 401 Green Screen Studio and "did their thing" on screen. This video was a fun and interesting challenge. This video was produced in April, 2015

Carplex – Image

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https://vimeo.com/119057170 This commercial for Carplex was ordered during a week of extreme cold temperatures and heavy snowfall. This made typical car lot shots impractical. Plus, snow-covered car shots would have been inappropriate for an 'evergreen' commercial. So, in order to meet the deadline, we went the graphic commercial route. All of the car images on this commercial were taken from images of actual Carplex inventory. The cars were separated from their backgrounds in Photoshop and animated with After Effects. This commercial was produced in February, 2015

World of Azglen

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This video was produced as a promotional Trailer for the E-Book, World of Azglen. Written by P. MATTERN, J.C. ESTALL, and M. MATTERN E-Book Available at Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/World-Azglen-Fu...) Charley Rabbit is a mentally disabled young man who lives quietly with his widowed mother Mitzi in the American Midwest-but not for long! Charley develops a rapid intellectual growth spurt after being bitten by a vampire. Fressenda and her fraternal twin brothers Cass (Castor) and Lux (Pollux) take an interest in Charley and Mitzi and become part of their extended family, but Mitzi is wary and senses that the changes in Charley may be part of something mysterious,dark and sinister. In the meantime she is offered something she didn't believe was possible-a clandestine relationship with a younger , and incidentally immortal, male.

Grote Automotive – Inventory Blitz

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http://vimeo.com/105317117 A 30 Second Commercial promoting the September Football Themed Inventory Blitz. This commercial was a fun Green Screen challenge.  The background characters were shot separately and put together in After Effects to give the illusion of a larger space.  Also, green screen was used to put the characters in the cartoon cars. Many sound effects were used to give the illusion of a full football stadium - including the sound of a Purdue University kick-off for the "Punt-It" shot.

Perfect Pet – Texting Dogs

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https://vimeo.com/97927105 This is a 30 Second commercial for Perfect Pet.  Sally from Perfect Pet had the idea to have two dogs texting to one another discussing the advantages of better food. The dogs in the commercial were animated from stock photos.  The "Pup-Phones" were created in Lightwave 3D from a downloaded model.  The animation of the dogs and Pup-Phone were done in After Effects and Photoshop. This spot was produced in June 2014.

Grote Automotive – Meet Your Match

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http://vimeo.com/85701458 A 30 second commercial promoting the Grote Automotive "Meet Your Match" sales event. This was my third Grote Automotive commercial.  The spots before this were shot outside on the Grote lot.  As the shoot came closer Fort Wayne was in the middle of the most brutal winter in many years.  I proposed that we shoot the commercial in front of a green screen and use the artwork supplied to Grote Automotive for the backdrop.   Subtle touches were added such as making the curtains in the background wave a bit.   A fun challenge for this spot was getting the Cupid to fly and shoot his arrow. This spot was produced in January 2014.