If you've viewed my demo reels and looked at the projects under the Portfolio section here on my site, you'll notice that most of my work falls into the category of motion graphics. That doesn't mean I don't enjoy the other half of the title of my degree: Visual Effects. It just means I have less to show in that area (for the time being), but I do enjoy it. For me, motion graphics allows faster gratification because I can create all the assets I need on the spot, while in visual effects, there's all the preprodution and shooting that needs to take place before the magic can happen. Though, one might argue, that such anticipation makes the end-product all the more magical in the end.
That "disclaimer" aside, this shot has been in the works for quite awhile. It started off in my "Introduction to VFX" class, where I completely modeled, textured and lit the 3D set within a matter of two weeks. The shot would have been finalized shortly after that, but the original green screen footage was way too grainy, overexposed and altogether bad. So after a reshoot (which involved a nice change of wardrobe from jeans and blouse to fancy-smancy dress) in my "Intermediate VFX" class, I re-tracked my footage and re-rendered the 3D set. The project then got put on the back-burner for a while, and upon coming back to it, I solved rather simply all of the areas that were previously giving me headaches. A few finishing dabs of digital makeup to deepen the blue of her eyes and brighten her teeth (that were dulled in the shadow of the studio lighting) completed the shot to my liking.
A very special thanks to my friend Jamie Lecuyer (aka Stingray) who stars in this piece. She makes an excellent and lovely princess, no?