Saturday, March 29, 2008

Further Goals...

Here is a small list of what I need or want to do:

- I need to get a Website. I think I'm gonna settle for a 12€ per year Web Host. That will work fine. The reason I want a website is because no Blog has more impact than an actual Website. When I have it, I'm gonna put everything there. I don't know if this blog will remain alive. It may remain alive as I may need to come back to watch my progress... Kinda to keep me going, but whatever. It will have a blog which I am still figuring out if I'll just copy everything that I have here to make posts or if I'll just forget this. The second option is better, in my opinion.

- FTTD2. It's on progress. Me and my classmates were proposed to make the sequel and present it to the whole school... It will turn out much better than any other film I have made... At least for now :P.

- The possibilities... I may receive a laptop this period. I really hope so so that I can get VFX work done quicker and more efficiently. I will totally put After Effects (and other programs such as Boujou) in there. It will definitely make my life easier.
The down part, though, is that it will come with Windows Vista, which I am not exactly a fan of... I know that everything right now revolves around Vista. Off course there is Mac. It is popular but I still need to see why with a friend of mine, Nate Caauwe.

- I will also be making a lightsaber duel that people that checked out the old blog knew about: JvP - James vs Philip. Philip being Filipe in English and James being Tiago. It is equivalent.

- School. Now, why would I been talking about school? Simply because I will have yet another chance show my VFX skills as I am doing a 3D presentation of a Water Treatment Station. The subject is boring but it will turn out ok. It will be done with After Effects.

Filipe Monteiro

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Video Tutorial # 1 - Blaster Laser Bolt

I, hereby, announce the 1st of hopefully many Video Tutorials of Lo-Budg Productions. With these tutorials I hope to assist you in your many After Effects/Photoshop needs.

I apologize about the Sound quality. It will be much better on the next tutorials.

Here it is, fellas:

Blaster Shot/Bolt/Laser Video Tutorial from Filipe Monteiro on Vimeo.

Filipe Monteiro

Screen Recorder

I just wanted to warn you guys that I won't be needing a screen recorder since I found one. Thanks anyways.

Filipe Monteiro

Wednesday, March 26, 2008


...Is back on-line.

Force Push

For any questions, comment.

Force Push from Filipe Monteiro on Vimeo.

Filipe Monteiro


For some reason, Filefront isn't showing videos... I guess this means that all my vfx work will be on Vimeo...

Expect an update in a few minutes.

Filipe Monteiro

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The Force Jump

Youtube sucks. All hail Vimeo. It may take a while to load.

Force Jump from Filipe Monteiro on Vimeo.

Well... Let's explain...

To do this, I filmed myself jump normally and then I left the camera filming so that I could have a empty background plate. Since there were clouds in the original version and they kept moving, I created a fake sky. It's a solid color but it does the job. If you have a sharp eye (and even if you don't, you're gonna lie about it), you'll notice that I don't have any shadow on the wall. That's because I didn't bother to make a fake shadow, apply motion blur and all that good stuff. Anyway, I made a mask around the small roof above me and I masked my hands on the fake sky. After this, I deleted the Jump Composition and made the mask that was around me go to the air. It took a lot of tweaking before I could get a good result. Some of you may not like it but I am, indeed, pleased with my results. I also made a VFX test for the movie Jumper, which I got the chance to watch yesterday. I'm not sure If I'll upload it. I'm not sure I'll post again. Odds are that I will. Let's await Future's reply shall we?

Filipe Monteiro

Force Jump... Again

No, this is not an update... Well it kinda is. I re-uploaded the Force Jump only this time, I will be using Youtube. I will post later and it will have a detailed explanation on how the effect was achieved.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Some things I wanted to say:

Hey, guys.
Let me start by saying that I am aware of the non-workness of the video for the force-jump. I will fix that and give you an update.

The other thing that I wanted to tell you was that I might be doing some video tutorials for visual effects. To do that, I need a screen recorder so if anyone has one that is free, I'd love to hear it.

Check out The Mos Eisley Corner, by the way.

Filipe Monteiro

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Huzzah! An update!

My pc crashed and I lost the biggest post that this blog would have...
Here you have a Force Jump or Super Jump:

Filipe Monteiro

Monday, March 10, 2008

Fan's work

There you have it ladies and gentlemen. A fan's work can make a difference.

Here's the work of Tomás Tavares:

Saturday, March 1, 2008