Period Soldiers

Here is what the show looked like from the audience perspective.

Here is what the show looked like from the audience perspective.

Every year, my band puts on a show in celebration of the Army's birthday. This year was my second year creating video content to be played behind the band on a "jumbotron" as they perform. I had ambitions of filming the period soldiers in RAW and turning still images into moving videos. The idea was good (even though I did a terrible job explaining it), but my planning and preparation were very poor. I had never shot in RAW before and didn't know anything about it. Turns out that when you shoot RAW video, the camera doesn't create a video, it creates 30 RAW image files (approx. 9mb each) per second. Compiling these images into video involves a supercomputer with at least 8gb dedicated graphics and many more outrageous specifications. I could have always used the software I have to render the files into lower quality, but that defeats the purpose of shooting in RAW anyways! 

A technical demonstration of the parallax technique.

So after failing at my initial intent, I decided to try my hand at another project that only involved the use of still images (which I had an abundance of): Parallax Imaging. Well it's not parallax imaging in its intended use. This technique usually involves using Photoshop to remove the subject from the photo, paint in the background of the photo where the subject used to be, and then add motion using Adobe After Effects. The only difference between this and what I did is that after cutting out the subject of my images, I placed them on a different background and then used the brush tool to create a foreground layer of blurry specs of dust.

I am very happy with the way they turned out, even though there is a LOT of room for improvement. Anyways, here is how they turned out.