© Mark Platten 2006
|I'd never watched Pop Idol - the programme, so perhaps the novelty value was a factor; or perhaps the kitsch logo simply made a welcome change from the usual kind I regularly work with.
Whatever the reason, I later returned to the project and gave it my own spin.
No great surprises in the production. Zing a camera around the logo, stir in motion blur to taste, sprinkle on plenty of TrapCode's 'Shine', simmer gently, add a nebulous blue background and some gently rippling pop-like silhouettes.
|Exaggerated fall-off maps gave the emphasised knife-edge glows on the star's pseudo-glass material. As always, with thin horizontal elements you have to double-check the results on a target monitor, and my trusty Matrox Parhelia did me proud here: just enough subtle vertical blur took care of any nasty interlacing issues.
As the 3D elements had to be composited separately, I opted against raytraced refractions in MAX because, of course, the native renderer doesn't acknowledge refractions' alphas against their background in the scene.
With more time, a flat matte of all the glass material on camera could have been generated and used to deliniate some transform / distortion / lens compensation fx adjustment layer(s) in post, to simulate refraction.
|When I finally got around to watching an episode of the programme, I was highly entertained - not so much by the procession of 15 minutes' fame-seeking wannabe crooners, but by the fact that the 'official', broadcast version of this logo sequence doesn't compare too favourably against my own low-budget interpretation.
So: who was it said the big boys can't be beat..?