As soon as I finished watching Paul Trillo's “Be Around” music video for The Peach Kings I had to call him up to find out how he made those amazing layered effects.
“I'm happy to reveal my secrets.” he offered at the start of our conversation, “the truth is once I've tried something I've never done before I'm ready to move on to something new.”
Watch “Be Around” and see if you can figure out how he did it. I've seen plenty of double exposures in stills images, but rarely in motion footage.
From Paul Trillo:
The dream-like effect emulates double exposure photography while pushing the technique to new places in full motion.
“Be Around” is the first single off The Peach King’s upcoming effort, Mojo Thunder.
The Peach Kings – “Be Around”
The Peach Kings “Be Around” from the Mojo Thunder EP – coming soon
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Shot in various locations throughout Los Angeles, Sonoma, Montreal, Brooklyn and Breakneck Ridge New York.
special thanks to Funkhaus – www.funkhaus.us/
“Be Around” Stills
So Paul, how did you pull off those amazing double exposures?
The Peach Kings are friends of mine, and when I proposed the concept to them they went along with letting me shoot them in a number of different locations. My goal was to evoke the lyrics of the song, which is about the disconnection between two people.
I've seen a lot of double exposures in stills, but how did you create the layered effect in motion images?
Well, I shot with my Canon 7D, and composed mostly back-lighted subjects against a light sky and sometimes against a white background. There's no green screen used anywhere. The landscape shots were made in multiple locations including New York and Los Angeles. Back in the studio I used After Effects' adjustment layers to fill the silhouettes and make the composites. This approach works because anything darker moves to the back, and anything lighter moves forward.
How did the band like the video?
They were ecstatic – but hey, they're friends of mine and are used to my crazy ideas.
Did you figure out how Paul Trillo used After Effects to layer the images? Share your thoughts with others by leaving a comment below.
(cover photo credit: snap from the video)