On Creating A Movie From A Still

By | 2012-07-01T12:19:24+00:00 Jun 28th, 2012|

I was recently feeling nostalgic over my days shooting abandoned structures back in the Northeast US, so I hit up some choice folders from 2010, during my first visits to the Belchertown State School. A wonderful place fit for anyone who loves this sort of grunge scenery. It’s ripe to cut your teeth on bracketing, tone-mapping, and all sorts of crazy customized stylization.

One of my favorite steps here is the editing. As I study this image, I turn it into its own little movie. There is a starting point, an ending point and [hopefully] a story to tie both ends together. These come in the form of composition, lighting, and leading lines. They help the eye start at one place and logically roam around to another intended place. This engages the viewer and his/her respective imagination and emotion.

There are also different elements here that play their own roles. Some are top billed, while others are small walk-on parts – cameos, if you will. Take the concrete, tile slabs, and brick. Each of those elements played their own respective roles and received their own individualized processing. Sure, masking was a pain and took some time but the end result was clearly worth it. I have never really been a fan of slapping on effects globally – it just doesn’t ever seem to do the image justice and you usually end up with a hodgepodge of unrelated styles.

And it’s very fun to experiment with selective dodging and burning using masking brushes to create luminous paths for the eye to follow – trust me, if you create a luminous path, the eye will follow it.

So next time you sit down to edit that next image, make your own internal casting call. See what shows up and how you can build a role around that.

In terms of processing
As mentioned, the concrete, brick, and tiles were treated separately. I applied Cyberpunk to the concrete for its dirty/cool qualities and went the complete opposite direction by selectively applying Thermopylae to the tiles. This gave me the color and temperature contrast that I was going for.

I applied a combination of Blue Dawn Leonidas and Moulin Rouge to the brick wall in the background and then did custom edits to the ground and rear hallways using the Just Enough Darkness effect. All done in PhotoTools 2.6, the predecessor to Perfect Effects 3 by +onOne Software.

#UrbEx   #HDR

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22 Comments

  1. Brad Sloan June 28, 2012 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    Grit-tastic. Great process here

  2. Gilmar Smith June 28, 2012 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    I like Grit-tastic! Fantabulous +Brian Matiash 

  3. Shelly Gunderson June 28, 2012 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    Love the textures here.  Great shot!

  4. Randy Menzies June 28, 2012 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    turning the old into great art…good work…shooting is fun…processing is getting to touch the fun again…..love it…

  5. Ted Vieira June 28, 2012 at 7:05 pm - Reply

    Very cool shot!

  6. Anson Jett June 28, 2012 at 7:10 pm - Reply

    Great shot!

  7. Bobby Gibbons June 28, 2012 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    That poor chair.. Its seen some better days!!  :) 

    Nice one +Brian Matiash!!  I like the exposed wall to the right!

  8. Bob Lussier June 28, 2012 at 7:15 pm - Reply

    mmmmm … Belchertown. Nice.

  9. Fam Ali June 28, 2012 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    Lovin the texture! :)

  10. Jason Jakober June 28, 2012 at 9:29 pm - Reply

    Dig the processing!

  11. Christopher Germano June 28, 2012 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    wish we had places like this here in the Portland area

  12. Brad Sloan June 28, 2012 at 9:40 pm - Reply

    I'm sure you do +Christopher Germano. You just need a trusty crowbar at your side.

  13. Brian Matiash June 28, 2012 at 10:03 pm - Reply

    +Christopher Germano For sure, man. I am so ready to hit up another perfectly abandoned location.

    We should look into a trip of sorts that hits up a bunch of these types of scenes. What say you, +Brian Bonham, +Kelly-Shane Fuller, +Lars Gustafson?

  14. Kelly-Shane Fuller June 28, 2012 at 10:04 pm - Reply

    Just say when and I'm there.

  15. Brian Bonham June 28, 2012 at 10:33 pm - Reply

    I down with that.

  16. Lars Gustafson June 28, 2012 at 10:38 pm - Reply

    Sounds good to me.

  17. Jason Jakober June 28, 2012 at 10:40 pm - Reply

    Damn you!!

  18. Brian Matiash June 28, 2012 at 10:57 pm - Reply

    You're in, too, pretty boy (+Jason Jakober). :)

  19. Michael Hatten June 28, 2012 at 11:02 pm - Reply

    +Brian Matiash What is it that got you into shooting abandoned structures in the first place? I would be interested to know..

    By the way the is an abandoned building out in the Gorge on the Hwy 14 side called the Stone house….   Here is a link to an Image from Scott Cooks Curious Gorge PanOramio Page.
    http://www.panoramio.com/photo/35236555

  20. Eric Leslie June 28, 2012 at 11:19 pm - Reply

    Wow, I a feast for the eyes. I'm not familiar with OnOne stuff. Are you painting these effects on or processing different versions separately and then blending them back together?

  21. Scott Wyden Kivowitz June 29, 2012 at 4:26 am - Reply

    +Brian Matiash The texture is so crisp on that right wall.  It's life-like!

  22. Chris Lazzery June 30, 2012 at 7:40 am - Reply

    Nice dude. Great lines. Gross grungy textures abound. Classic Mayshiash.

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