Rolls Royce + The Mill

Rolls Royce + The Mill

Rolls Royce | “I Am Ghost”
The Mill is a visual effects and content creation studio collaborating on VFX, digital and design projects for the advertising, games and music industries. With studios in London, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, they partner with the world’s best agencies, groundbreaking directors, creative firms and visionary brands. Working with Daughter.Studio, Mill+ created this stylish spot for Rolls Royce and their latest ‘Ghost’ model. The Mill’s VFX team utilized Legacy 4K glass overlays from Lens Distortions. The slick spot moves seamlessly from one image to the next using clever geometric based design to depict various aspects of a highly desirable lifestyle, personifying the ‘ghost’ or essence of the car and its owner.
“I wanted something textural and emotive, not the normal approach to a car commercial. I was thinking title sequence beauty, seamless transitioning, moments of wonder… more music promo and fashion film.”
Mill+ Director FILFURY explains, “This was a dream project to work on – design elegance, rooted in geometric form, symmetry, and simplicity. This was the story of ‘I AM GHOST’. My desire was to hint at luxurious, functional design found within our owner’s life, and do this through a palette of clever reveals and transitions – matching vehicle form with architecture, objects, motion, and nature. All breathtakingly elegant and purposeful. I wanted something textural and emotive, not the normal approach to a car commercial. I was thinking title sequence beauty, seamless transitioning moments of wonder, more music promo and fashion film. The result is a dark sophisticated image palette with rim lit form. This was design lead, sexy and cool. Confident mark making through a beautiful celebration of the Ghost form. This isn’t design for design’s sake however, there is substance and storytelling.”
“The glass effects help add a touch of nostalgic feeling to what can sometimes be stark and crisp environments. They harp back to a photographic, lensic treatment many viewers feel more connection with.”
Mill Lead 3D Artist Dan Moller continues, “One of the main challenges of this spot was working out how to blend a large number of shots together; it’s about three-quarters of the way through the film before a hard-cut takes place. Through careful previz and shot development, rapid iteration with both rough 3D and testing in 2D we were able to find some quality solutions. By leveraging all our departments against this problem-solving process, from concept to motion graphics and design through to CG and 2D we were able to easily troubleshoot all problems put before us. A key challenge came in art directing the rolling highlights across the form of the Ghost. We rendered reflected UV passes, then rotomated gobo shapes over the top using STMaps in Nuke. These gobo sequences were then rendered back out of Nuke, plugged into the UV shapes in Maya and rendered back over the car. This resulted in a speedy and intuitive solution to the highlights problem through a slick collaboration between our 2D and 3D departments.”
It was important to Rolls Royce to differentiate the Ghost film from their other product films, primarily through an emphasis on colour. This became a particular focus for our lighting team to ensure this was communicated as effectively as possible, and also played into our post treatment in 2D. During this phase led by Mill 2D Lead, James Mac, lens elements were carefully selected to add both texture and colour to each shot, with those finishing touches truly elevating the film.’ Amongst them were glass overlay elements from Lens Distortions.
“The glass elements have been a long-standing consideration for myself when I need to add depth and layered chromatic dispersion to shots. They help add a touch of nostalgic feeling to what can sometimes be stark and crisp environments. They harp back to a photographic, lensic treatment many viewers feel more connection with. I also used the Legacy 4K glass effects to drive narrow focus effects through portions of the imagery, helping take the edge off the CGI elements,” James Mac said. “Virtually every project benefits from having Lens Distortions used to treat and layer the frame. They are my go-to textural footage,” he added.

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Classic Light Hits and Modern Light Hits for Video

Classic Light Hits and Modern Light Hits for Video

 
New Video Effects | Introducing Classic Light Hits and Modern Light Hits
Light is the muse. The ultimate inspiration and the elusive substance. We demand its presence with the flip of a switch and summit mountains to see it from a different perspective.

As visual creatives, we all obsess over light. At Lens Distortions, we’ve developed two libraries to make it more available in post for today’s filmmakers, editors, and VFX artists.

Introducing Classic Light Hits and Modern Light Hits.

Classic Light Hits
Classic Light Hits is soft, warm, and natural… the essential library of flares every filmmaker should own.

Whether you make cinematic commercials, narrative projects, or wedding films, you’ll love having the ability to splash a bit of light into frame to add that extra something.

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Overview

Deliberately Understated
If you’re familiar with our original Light Hits pack, you know these are not your stereotypical, over-the-top lens flares. Each Light Hit is shot in-camera and designed to be subtle, with a balance between rich tones and nuanced detail.

All 70 effects in this pack are brand new and are surprisingly easy to use in a wide range of projects because of their organic movement and softness.

A Curated Library
Classic Light Hits is made up of only the best and most useful effects. It is organized into 5 categories based on style and use case — allowing you to easily find just the right clip.

01 Quick

Grab attention and create a sense of urgency with the clips in the Quick folder. These also work great as transition elements between cuts or speed-ramped shots.

02 Slow

With silky smooth motion, this category contains effects that linger a bit longer, giving you lots of flexibility to fade in and out, manipulate their speed, or use them to cover longer sections of video.

03 Pan

These effects are made to pair with your sweeping drone shots or fast-paced camera moves and are some of the most versatile effects in the library.

04 Pulse

Simple, slow movement of light that comes in and out, giving you just a bit more complexity than the clips in the Slow folder.

05 Subtle

Deliberately understated textures you can use to add a bit more organic character to a shot.

Modern Light Hits
Modern Light Hits is an original library of sleek, textured lens flares designed to take the cinematic tone of your film to the next level. While these effects are bolder than Classic Light Hits, they still show the perfect amount of restraint compared to typical Hollywood flares.

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Overview

Intriguing Textures
Any kind of light brightens a scene… but Modern Light Hits also adds texture. Whether you’re looking to dress up some VFX shots or add a bit of complexity to a minimal shot, these flares are great for creating intrigue.

The library contains 90 effects captured on unique lenses, giving you chromatic detail and alluring blue hues.

A Curated Library
As always, we chose to include only the best and most useful effects in this library. Modern Light Hits is organized into 6 categories based on style and use case to make clip selection easy.

01 Quick

Grab attention and create a sense of urgency with the clips in the Quick folder. These also work great as transition elements between cuts or speed-ramped shots.

02 Slow

With silky smooth motion, this category contains effects that linger a bit longer, giving you lots of flexibility to fade in and out, manipulate their speed, or use them to cover longer sections of video.

03 Pan

These effects are made to pair with your sweeping drone shots or fast-paced camera moves and are some of the most versatile effects in the library.

04 Pulse

Simple, slow movement of light that comes in and out, giving you just a bit more complexity than the clips in the Slow folder.

05 Flicker

Fast and urgent, these effects give you rapid pops of light that grab attention and indicate speed.

06 Subtle

Deliberately understated textures you can use to add a bit more organic character to a shot.

Own The Best
As with all Lens Distortions products, these libraries are meant to serve you for years to come across many projects.

Owning both Classic Light Hits and Modern Light Hits gives you powerful options for setting the tone of your films.

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Classic Light Hits

Soft, warm, natural lens flares.

  • Includes 70 curated clips
  • 5 Distinct Categories
  • Compatible with all major video platforms, including Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro, and DaVinci Resolve.
  • 4K ProRes: 16GB
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Modern Light Hits

Sleek, cool, textured lens flares.

  • Includes 85 curated clips
  • 6 Distinct Categories
  • Compatible with all major video platforms, including Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro, and DaVinci Resolve
  • 4K ProRes: 20GB
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Classic Light Hits and Eclipse for Photoshop

Classic Light Hits and Eclipse for Photoshop

New for Photoshop and Mobile | Classic Light Hits and Eclipse

New Photo Effects  Classic Light Hits and Eclipse

All great artists have secrets. Since their inception, our Light Hits™ effects have been one of the best-kept secrets of photographers around the world. They’re that little extra something to dial-in the light in your shots.

Now the line has been updated with a fresh execution of the original in Classic Light Hits.

We’re also introducing, by popular demand, a selection of firey ring effects in Eclipse.

Classic Light Hits

Classic Light Hits offers a softer, more minimal take on lens flares (whereas our Principle Light Hits pack features more aggressive flares). These new effects can melt into the background of your image, adding just a bit of intensity to the natural light in your shot.

Though understated, each Light Hit still has subtle nuances resulting from the way the light interacts with the lens. Depending on how you position and rotate the effects, more or less of these nuances will be visible in the frame.

These effects were captured in-camera using a variety of unique lenses from Leica, Fuji, Pentax and others, and edited into professional-grade overlays.

Eclipse

There’s no question, Eclipse effects are anything but subtle and they’re not appropriate for every project. But, in the right shot, they can be just the thing to make a moment into a grand statement.

These blazing ring effects are created by capturing the interplay between metallic tubing and natural light. The tubes reflect the light into the lens creating unique circular glows. The flexibility of adding them in post allows for greater experimentation with this distinct look.

Each effect is shot in-camera in high-resolution, providing intricate texture and chromatic detail. They pair wonderfully with our Classic Light Hits and Principle Light Hits effects.

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Classic Light Hits and Eclipse are available for immediate purchase. We’ve also created a new Master Photoshop Bundle that includes both packs alongside the rest of our optically captured overlays for Photoshop.

The full suite gives you a very powerful combination of elements to craft the look you want.

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Classic Light Hits

Elegant lens flares with nuanced detail

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Eclipse

Blazing ring effects for bold statements

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Weddings + Lens Distortions

Weddings + Lens Distortions

Weddings + Lens Distortions | Subtly define key moments of the big day
Paul Tellefsen

Paul Tellefsen

Community Lead

Paul Tellefsen

Paul Tellefsen

Community Lead

10 years ago, I remember photographing my first wedding. It was an honor to take part in the couple’s engagement and ceremony, but it was the last wedding I ever shot… I’ll just say, it takes a very passionate and gifted leader to be a professional wedding photographer or filmmakers.

This experience sparked in me a love of photographing people and live events. So even though I wasn’t cut out for weddings, I can still relate to the excitement and pressure of shooting the big day.

The Wendell Stewarts, Emmy Award Winning Photographers

Couples often say their wedding day was a blur. Some of the most memorable moments in their lives are happening in rapid succession and it’s up to you, the photographer or filmmaker, to artfully tell the story from an honest perspective. But even the most experienced creatives end up with some good shots that would have been great if only they had a little more control over the environment.

This is where I think quality effects are indispensable in every wedding photographers tool kit. Whether you want to better frame up the focal point (or frame out a distraction) or dial in the intensity of some memorable weather, effects can help subtly define moments in the way you envisioned.

Noah Mensink, Wedding Photographer

Lens Distortions effects are hiding in plain sight in the portfolios of wedding photographers and filmmakers across the globe. Several of them were kind enough to share their perspective on our photo packs and some of their unique results.

The Wendell Stewarts
Husband and wife wedding photographer duo, Tanner and Maria Stewart are from Seattle, Washington. They have built an astounding portfolio both personally and together as The Wendell Stewarts, even winning an Emmy for their photographic work. The story being told in each image is what catches our eye about their work. It doesn’t fit the classic mold of wedding photography.
@thewendellstewarts
“Using Lens Distortions effects is a super easy way to add some artistic flare to make the images just that much more epic. We use a bit of fog in some photos to embrace the atmospheric moody look. We also love the texture you can add to images to give a vintage film look.”

Tanner Stewart, Emmy Award Winning Photographer
Morgan McCanne
Morgan is a wedding and lifestyle photographer from San Diego, California whose work depicts the essence of the hopelessly in love and adventurous at heart. Morgans timing and tasteful use of flares and glass elements in her edits are a few reasons we admire her photographic work.
@morganmccannephoto
Noah Mensink
Weddings, portraits, travel and music are subjects that Noah Mensink, a photographer from Long Beach, California captures with his lens. We admire the way he is able to capture the soft nostalgia of very personal moments.
@n.sink
“The experience I’ve had with using Lens Distortions effects has been nothing but seamless. It’s like picking up a paint brush that was made to bring even more life into each and every photograph with ease. When it comes to wedding photography, they can add another layer of emotion that you perceived in your mind beyond what the lens could capture for those photos that will last a life time.”

Noah Mensink, California Wedding Photographer
White in Revery
Kristine and Calen Rhome are White in Revery, a husband and wife videography team from Denver, Colorado that is captivated with telling cinematic stories. In this clip, they use our Anticipation SFX library to create a custom score for a mini social media cut. (Note: You can build custom underscores for your entire wedding films using our new Idyllic Underscore Elements library.)
@whiteinrevery
“With the SFX libraries from Lens Distortions, I can really create the sound bed I want to match the couple and match the style I’m going for.”

Calen Rhome, White In Revery
Adam Lora
Wedding filmmaker and photographer Adam Lora is from Tampa, Florida. His work stands out to us because he showcases the authenticity of each couples unique story through every film he creates.
@adamlora
“With my style of wedding filmmaking, I like to make my films feel dreamy and cinematic. I achieve this by using a lot of footage shot in 60fps and Lens Distortions effects. They are a quick and easy way to add dynamic (motion) to a clip that feels a little boring or drawn out. They also look organic to the scene, adding that warm and dreamy feeling.”

Adam Lora, Wedding Filmmaker
Paul Tellefsen

Paul Tellefsen

Community Lead

Paul Tellefsen is a lifestyle and travel photographer living in San Diego. His clients include IBM, Buick, Travel Alberta, Ford, Marriott and country music hall of fame member Paul Brandt.

Introducing Maven

Introducing Maven

Maven | Stylized glass overlays with vivid color and expression
Lens Distortions has been pioneering glass effects for post-production since our first product launched years ago.

Since then, we’ve introduced Luminary to provide the quintessential, clean and classy take on glass overlays.

For our next product, we wanted to offer something a bit more provocative and stylized… for filmmakers who aren’t afraid to push their visuals.

Enter Maven.

Maven glass overlays are vivid, with alluring color, movement, and texture.

Maven

Stylized Glass Overlays

Vivid Color
One of the first things you’ll notice about Maven effects is their color. The default blue tone is intriguing on its own, but it’s only a starting point.

Try tinting the clips to a complementary or matching color from your shot.

Expressive Movement & Texture
Another thing that sets Maven apart is assertive movement. We wanted the clips to bring some raw energy to a project while still being elegant and confident.

Movement goes hand in hand with texture. The unique textures in Maven could only be created by meticulously capturing real glass elements in-camera.

 
6 Distinct Categories
90 Effects Total

01 Quick

Grab attention and create a sense of urgency with the clips in the Quick folder. These also work great as transition elements between cuts or speed-ramped shots.

02 Bold

Go big with these flashy and full overlays. This category offers some of the most assertive clips in Maven.

03 Textured

While all Maven clips have good texture, these clips offer the most intricate details and nuances. Great for title card backgrounds.

04 Subtle

Short, slower clips that are meant to be dialed back to help accent your shots.

05 Slow

With less aggressive movement, these clips are great for elegantly framing your shot.

06 Lower

With less aggressive movement, these clips are great for elegantly framing your shot.

Overview

Maven

Stylized Glass Overlays

Features

  • Includes 90 curated clips
  • 6 Distinct Categories
  • Compatible with all major video editors, including Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro, DaVinci Resolve, etc
  • 4K ProRes: 16GB
  • 4K H264: 6.4GB
  • 2K ProRes: 4.8GB
  • 2K H264: 2.8GB
  • Royalty Free

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Features

  • Includes 90 curated clips
  • 6 Distinct Categories: Quick, Bold, Textured, Subtle, Slow, Lower
  • Compatible with all video editing apps
  • 4K ProRes: 16GB
  • 4K H264: 6.4GB
  • 2K ProRes: 4.8GB
  • 2K H264: 2.8GB
  • Royalty Free

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Maven 2K
Maven 2K

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Rain Effects

Rain Effects

Rain Effects | Dial-in the downpour in your images
There’s a certain depth and emotion rain brings to a scene. But without proper waterproofing, you can’t exactly bring your camera out into a downpour. Even if you manage to grab some shots, they don’t always capture the full power of what you experienced live.

This happened to me just last month in Maui on a client shoot for Saxx swim shorts. We were on a strenuous hike in the Hana rainforest and the moment we arrived to see the prize at the end, a huge waterfall, it started to pour. It was the perfect sort of scene every photographer hopes to stumble upon… the only problem was I couldn’t find any cover.

With the camera and drone still packed up in my waterproof bag, I decided to go for a swim to pass the time. Eventually, things let up enough to take a few shots with the product but I knew I’d have some editing work ahead of me to recreate that original surreal moment.

  • Before-Rain
    After-Rain
    Before Rain After
Editing with rain can be a bit tricky because a little bit goes a long way. For this photo, I primarily added small drops of rain across the whole scene mixed with some linear rain for diversity. An additional layer of rain was added around the waterfall which better accentuated it’s power. Finally, by pulling up the contrast and adding some more softness it helped thin out the raindrops and blend all the effects more naturally.

A few tips to keep in mind:

1) Stick with shots that would naturally have rain present. Make sure your subject, surroundings, and effects all work together to create a cohesive scene (your viewer will feel that something is off if the pavement is dry or the sky is clear).

2) Add the effect first and then edit the colors of the image. This will also help to blend everything more cleanly.

To show you this idea in action, we’ve gathered three samples from community members and photographers Nathan Tecson, Sam Ciurdar, and Jonathan Zoeteman. We also had them share a bit of their process.

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Matt Ferreira is a photographer, creative director & content creator, and a regular user of Lens Distortions effects. We caught up with Matt to learn about how he’s grown as an artist and how he brings concepts to life.

Snow for Video

Snow for Video

Time and time again we’ve witnessed how great directors use snow to create a feeling of transcendence. We worked with the visual experts behind the snow scenes in many of today’s top films and series to make this iconic filmmaking aesthetic available to you in an easy-to-use format.

Cinematic Editing with Matt Komo

Cinematic Editing with Matt Komo

Get a behind the scenes look at some of Komo’s best editing techniques in these exclusive tutorials. Matt shares some very clever use cases for our visual effects and a full breakdown of how he did the sound design in his Sequoia film.

“I wanted to capture the emotion of a person feeling overwhelmed in a dark situation. The rain effect added another dimension that expressed the feeling of a person who is facing a large and challenging situation, but is slowly embracing it; The texture of the rain effect brings the viewer so much closer to experiencing that same emotion.”

Nathan Tecson @bringoutthegold

“When we were exploring Vancouver we had some really wet conditions. It was light and mild most of the times, but consistent enough to get you pretty wet. In these images it was hard to see the rain because it was so light, but still wanted to convey that emotion by adding a subtle rain effect from the Lens Distortions free mobile packs. It isn’t too on the nose, but subtle enough to make it look real – and that was the key!”

-Sam Ciurdar @samciurdar

“I used the rain effects combined with a light usage of the fog effects to help emphasize the rainy atmosphere in a more distinctive way. Usually, I’ll begin with a light layer of fog, reduce the opacity a little bit and then add a couple layers of the rain with the first having a lightly reduced opacity and the second having a greatly reduced opacity to give the image some depth. Being able to add a more defined rain effect allows the images to feel more “in the moment”, and allows me to present an image that can be very difficult to capture while the rain is falling heavily.

Jonathan Zoeteman @jonathanzoeteman

Check out Rain for Photoshop or our free mobile app to start experimenting with rain effects.

Remember the best effects are hiding in plain site. Challenge yourself to see how naturally you can blend the effects into your own rainy shots.

Paul Tellefsen

Paul Tellefsen

Community Lead

Paul Tellefsen is a lifestyle and travel photographer from Texas. His clients include Buick, Travel Alberta, Google, Ford, Marriott and country music hall of fame member Paul Brandt.