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The performing art students sang the intro for Rocky Horror Picture Show and we made a little music video for them. The concept was to film just there mouths with red lipstick singing and to just have their lips on the screen to pay homage to Rocky Horror Picture Show. There were nine students total, and each one we recored separately on a studio mic in the course of two days.  The microphone was fed into the M box which was connected to our computer, and Pro Tools was our means or capturing the recordings. I was in charge of playback so the person singing could hear the instrumental and stay in tune with everyone else. Bradley Thomas was in charge of filming the singers lips using the JVC camera, and Joey Lever was in charge of or recording them on Pro Tools. After having all the footage and audio recording on my computer the next job was to mask around the lips with a motion path using Adobe After Effects. This took a great amount of time because it had to be done frame by frame. I only managed to finish one of the nine singers lips for just the chorus. Below is the video of the single mouth synced to everyone singing the chorus. I edited this video using Adobe Premier Pro, and I played with the colour grade in Adobe After Effect to bring the redness out from the pair of lips.

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The only problem with this was it took too many man hours to mask frame by frame. So Joey Lever took it upon himself to figure out a way around this. After loads of trial and error he found something that works and looks really nice. He used the extract option in Adobe After Effects to just get the redness out from the lipstick on the lips. The only problem was that the teeth were cut out, but this wasn’t that big of an issue. I personally think this was a much easier method to my approach, and the end result looks really engaging and stylish.  Below is the final product edited by Joey Lever.

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