Plato’s Retreat – ERepublik TutorialWilliam Gadea 07.03.2009
eRepublik is a game website. Imagine if Risk were a massive multi-player online game, or if Second Life had a political-military angle.
I recently produced a tutorial for the site and had quite a bit of fun doing it. If you want to see the whole thing, here it is. I did the motion graphics and compositing, the conspicuously talented Patrick Tuorto did the character adaption and flash animation, and the estimable Nestor Taylor painted the background. Kudos (and thanks) to both.
The new thing I tried was a method of softening the shadows in After Effects. Patrick created the shadow layer, and I created another layer in Flash that told the compound blur filter in After Effects to soften certain edges of the shadows, and keep other edges sharp (the soft edges were painted in white, the hard edges in black.)
Thanks to Erin Ridley at eRepublik for trusting me with this job. Meanwhile, I’ve been working on an industrial for a new hardware product, while also helping out the good folks at Launch.
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