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Digital Shorts

In this project, you are challenged to create a digital short like those that you see on Saturday Night Live or YouTube. You will use advanced techniques in Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects to add special effects to your digital short. Project Description A digital short is a short film designed primarily for viral distribution on online networks. The subjects, themes, and forms of digital shorts are unlimited. Some filmmakers use them for comedy, others to express thoughts or opinions, and still others to present news or information. Digital shorts allow amateur filmmakers to experiment with filmmaking in a quick and easy format. In this project, you will create a digital short based on a theme or subject of your choosing. Take advantage of the great flexibility of this genre of film to creatively express yourself.

Project Resources Project example What Has This World Come To was directed and produced by Maria Centeno from the Boys & Girls Club of East Palo Alto, California, in conjunction with Adobe Youth Voices. Maria explains that we should all be paying attention to what’s happening around us. Click on the image to the left to view the What Has This World Come To digital short.

Requirements Your digital short should adhere to the following requirements: 1. Be 3–4 minutes in length. 2. Use one or more advanced techniques or effects from the following list. 3. Be in a web-compatible format. (Note that copyright laws restrict public distribution of a video with a copyrighted song.)

Advanced Techniques/Effects The following advanced techniques and effects are particularly applicable to digital short production. Click on the image to the left of each tutorial description to view the Adobe TV tutorial within this PDF. These tutorials will teach you how to use these techniques and effects in your digital short. For even more tips and tricks, tutorials, and inspiration for video production, see the Digital Video show on Adobe TV.

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Learn CS4 Production Premium – Using Dynamic Link Technique: Using Dynamic Link Description: Exchange data between Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Soundbooth, and Encore using Dynamic Link, without rendering and exporting intermediate files. URL: http://tv.adobe.com/#vi+f15419v1026 Learn Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 – Applying effects to groups of clips Technique: Applying effects to groups of clips in Adobe Premiere Pro Description: Apply effects to groups of clips. Create a multieffect preset, save it in a new custom bin, and apply it to a group of clips. URL: http://tv.adobe.com/#vi+f1600v1022 Learn Premiere Pro CS4 – Using Photoshop with Premiere Technique: Using Photoshop with Adobe Premiere Pro Description: Create a sequence-ready Photoshop file, import a layered PSD, play Photoshop video, and use Photoshop rotoscoping in Adobe Premiere Pro. URL: http://tv.adobe.com/#vi+f1600v1000 Creative Cow After Effects Tutorials – Invisible cape Technique: Creating an invisible cape in Adobe After Effects Description: With the help of his brother Yuval, Eran Stern will show you a simple method to create the famous invisible look inspired from the movie "The Predator." URL: http://tv.adobe.com/#vi+f15419v1037 Creative Cow After Effects Tutorials – Hologram Effect Technique: Creating a hologram effect in Adobe After Effects Description: Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz returns to one of his earliest tutorials, "Creating TV Look," and shows how it can be used to create the look of a Hologram as seen in science fiction movies. URL: http://tv.adobe.com/#vi+f15419v1039 Creative Cow After Effects Tutorials – Shape Tips #1 Technique: Creating custom shapes in Adobe After Effects Description: In this podcast tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz show you how to move beyond the Basic shape tools to create your own custom shapes. URL: http://tv.adobe.com/#vi+f15419v1045 PhotoshopCAFE TV – Motion Tracking with Mocha in After Effects CS4 Technique: Motion tracking with Mocha in Adobe After Effects Description: Jeff Foster shows you how a complex composition is easily created with the aid of the Mocha for AE software included with After Effects CS4. Add video to objects inside a composition with ease. URL: http://tv.adobe.com/#vi+f15419v1032

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PhotoshopCAFE TV – Using Keylight in After Effects CS4 Technique: Using Keylight in Adobe After Effects Description: Get the most professional results with your green screen footage using Keylight in After Effects CS4. Jeff Foster will show you all the tips and tricks. URL: http://tv.adobe.com/#vi+f15419v1033 Creative Cow After Effects Tutorials – Smoking Letters Technique: Creating smoking letters with Adobe After Effects Description: Eran Stern shows you a quick and easy way to make a smoky title effects using the displacement map effect and one text layer. URL: http://tv.adobe.com/#vi+f15419v1042 Creative Cow After Effects Tutorials – Weather Replacement (Part 1) Technique: Weather replacement in Adobe After Effects Description: In this tutorial, Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to change the weather from a sunny day at the beach to a very cloudy day. You’ll learn techniques in color correction and compositing. URL: http://tv.adobe.com/#vi+f15419v1043 Creative Cow After Effects Tutorials – Weather Replacement (Part 2) Technique: Weather replacement in Adobe After Effects Description: Aharon Rabinowitz continues his weather replacement tutorial, and shows you how to add rain to your shot, as well as drops of water on the camera. URL: http://tv.adobe.com/#vi+f15419v1040 Creative Cow After Effects Tutorials – Weather Replacement (Part 3) Technique: Weather replacement in Adobe After Effects Description: In this tutorial, Creative COW leader Aharon Rabinowitz finishes his series on weather replacement and shows you how to add realistic lightning to the shot. URL: http://tv.adobe.com/#vi+f15419v1038

Next Steps Once you have completed production of your digital short, consider how you might have used other advanced techniques or effects in your video to change the style, tone, or message of the digital short.

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