Johnny’s Workshop

May 3, 2008

The Hypno-Orb.

I’m back. Don’t pretend you haven’t missed me.

For the past month-and-a-half, I’ve been refining the workflow needed to composite computer-generated images into real-world video footage. I thought I had it figured out months ago but for the very first time in my life, I was wrong.

The techniques involved are reasonably complex, so for the foreseeable future I’m going to practice all the steps and revise my notes over and over again until they’re perfect. The human resources folk at Village Cinemas devised an effective way to keep any part-time projectionist work from slowing me down, so that’ll help, too.

The clip below was created using a number of the techniques I’ve been studying, including match-moving and high dynamic range image-based lighting, so it has a touch of photorealism, despite the mistakes I made:

Except for the reflective sphere, everything in the clip is real. Well, everything except the Hypnotoad sound effect. Originally, the clip was silent but with the presence of an unusual noise, there’s at least a small chance some mindless, drug-addled YouTube visitor will see the video and become confused and/or frightened.



  1. Heyyy COOL!! I like the addition of the noise in the background too, its bound to freak somebody out!

    It’s aboot time you posted a new blog, by the way! But I think your next YouTube clip should be of you throwing a 4L bucket of water at those HR chumps at Village Cinemas!

    Comment by Sheri — May 3, 2008 @ 3:00 pm | Reply

  2. HA HA HA HA HA HA! Hypno-Orb! Just think, us non-paying Village customers could’ve been viewing that instead of the crud they usually show before the feature presentation. I assume that’s how that works. IN YOUR FACE, FISH-VILLAGE!

    Also (this one’s for Sheri) you can see John in that reflective ball, di’n’t ya noo? He’s not as warped looking in RL though.

    Comment by Suzy J. — May 4, 2008 @ 7:19 pm | Reply

  3. Did you use MS Paint like you did with the Strider?

    Comment by Blobs — May 5, 2008 @ 12:25 pm | Reply

  4. No, this is ASCII art. I used Notepad.

    Comment by april15th — May 5, 2008 @ 1:57 pm | Reply

  5. Notepad IS good for this kind of stuff. Observe.

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    I’ll leave it to you to decide which you prefer.

    If only I could add a hypno-ASCII sound effect.

    Comment by crommo — May 7, 2008 @ 8:28 am | Reply

  6. Man. That totally didn’t work because wordpress ignores multiple spaces. It’s so shit!

    Comment by crommo — May 7, 2008 @ 8:28 am | Reply

  7. Ah, who am I kidding.

    …..I’m the one who’s shit.

    Comment by crommo — May 8, 2008 @ 5:38 pm | Reply

  8. SOOTHING , not bad JP- Jules

    Comment by Jules N — December 9, 2008 @ 9:00 pm | Reply

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