Ink Spread Mask Freebie
My good friend and fellow director Kai Feliciano wanted an end credit sequence for her short film shot in Hawaii. The final animation is based on traditional Polynesian tattoos. The Hawaiian people have their own traditional tattoo art, known as ‘kakau’. It serves not only for ornamentation and distinction, but for guarding their health and spiritual well-being. Intricate patterns, mimicking woven reeds or other natural forms, graced the arms, legs, torsos and faces of the warriors.
We decided to use the ink spread transition between the slides. After scouring the internet I wasn’t happy with the free options so I decided to shoot my own footage. You’ll need some watercolor paper and some India ink if you want to do the same. I’m including a link below to download the HD files for anyone to use on their own project. I inverted them so that setting the track matte to luma would work in AE. Hope it helps keep someone from getting their hands dirty.