By Sarah Wise
Published on Monday, May 16th, 2011
Darren Gardner is a freelance motion designer and the graphic design producer for WHNS FOX Carolina in Greenville, South Carolina. He handles graphics, and visual effects for television commercials and promotions. Among his broad and varied portfolio of work, we noticed an impressive piece of lighting effects for FOX Carolina.
“I designed The Right Station for Weather promotional spot for WHNS FOX Carolina’s weather team coverage. I used Knoll Light Factory’s EZ plug-in presets to create the necessary luminance and glimmer of a convincing enough sun to sell the effect of a pleasant, sunny day turned dark and stormy. Trapcode Particular was instrumental in the completion of the storm clouds and rain. To create the moving clouds, I designed a custom sprite using random still frame time sampling of stock smoke elements gathered from Videocopilot’s Action Essentials 2 collection. The rainy neighborhood scene was designed from a stock photo element modified and brought to life using the Trapcode Particular and Starglow plug-ins among others. An off-camera lens flare generated by Knoll Light Factory EZ was used to add depth and help cement the final composite.”
We predict a sunny outlook for Darren and his fabulous work!
You can see Darren’s other great graphic design, web ads and other motion visuals on his company site GardnerFx.com.
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