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John Starr Dewar
John Starr Dewar
Orange, California USA
Orange, California USA

John Dewar wants to be a filmmaker of expertise in all related fields: writing, directing, editing, scoring, production design and visual effects. Robert Rodriguez is his current #1 role model, although John leans more towards the big-budget feature end of the spectrum.

John has a particularly keen interest in special effects and has been working with computer graphics and animation since 5th grade. This led to High School successes with print media; he won 1st prize in the 2000 national art competition sponsored by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and was one of the 25 winners of Imation's Computer Arts Scholarship in 2002.

Since then John's interests have shifted towards film and dynamic media. For example, two years ago, he completed a 37-minute-long version of Act V of Hamlet entirely on bluescreen with CG backgrounds (think Sky Captain). Despite its technical merits, it wasn't exactly oscar-worthy, so he is plugging away at film school, refining his storytelling technique.

John has considerable experience with Photoshop, Cinema 4D, Final Cut Pro and After Effects—his four favorite programs. He is also competent with Finale, Vegas, and Illustrator. He fills most of his spare time away from homework with freelance editing, compositing, and 3D modeling, and has done quite a bit of work on The History Channel's Modern Marvels over the past summer.
 



Articles by John Starr Dewar

Cinema 4D
How to Control Keyframed Animation with XPresso

How to Control Keyframed Animation with XPresso

In this article, John demonstrates the use of XPresso to control playback of keyframed animation in Cinema 4D. This functionality is not built into the program, and the Time track in the timeline is inadequate for many situations. John looked for a solution and found a surprisingly straightforward method.

Tutorial
John Starr Dewar
Adobe After Effects
How To Use Light Spill for Better Composites Without Plug-ins

How To Use Light Spill for Better Composites Without Plug-ins

The key to a good composite is successful integration into the background image. Sometimes you may have a very bright background or be keying from a DV camera, which nearly always results in imperfections because of the choke or screen blur effects that are necessary to achieve good edges. Light wrap, or light spill, is a very handy in these situations. In this tutorial, John Starr Dewar demonstrates an easy way to achieve light spill with a little bit of pre-composing.

Tutorial
John Starr Dewar
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