Princess Trailer

So here’s the link to my new Princess trailer! It’s been a couple of months in the making, and it’s been really fun to work on.


I learned so many new tricks doing this, and can’t wait to share them!


In case any of you are curious about the technical details, here are some facts about this:


  • I used Adobe Story to write the story and create a shot list (and some other, light pre-production work).
  • I used Propellerhead’s Reason to compose and record the musi
  • Including the titles, all shots were done in 32bpc in After Effects.
  • Cinema 4D was used for all 3D work, and its Compositing and External Compositing tags were the only way I could possibly pull off some of these shots.
  • After Effects CS5.5 was used throughout, and its new features made some of these shots possible.
  • You can see me making a cameo as the castle guard on top of the castle in a couple of the shots.
  • The boy in the opening shot (on the right) and the girl used throughout are my kids, and the fairy in the bubble is my wife.
  • The 3rd party plugins that were used: Trapcode Particular, Trapcode Form, Optical Flares, and the Red Giant Keying Suite.
  • YouTube pillarboxed this and compressed it to pieces, which causes me great sadness and emotional distress. The quality of the original is stunning in comparison. A much better quality version can be seen on Vimeo. But the size is non-standard because it’s made for the iPad.
  • This was all shot in a tiny green screen room in my house.
  • The actors were shot at different times; the actors playing the king and queen and the actress playing the princess have never met.
  • The sequence where the paintings come to life was created entirely with still photos, essentially in 5k resolution so that I could zoom in to her arm as close as I did. It was a mother to create, let me tell you.
  • The final princess app has 26 scenes; 25 that require visual effects, and 24 that require heavy greenscreen and compositing work (due out Fall 2011).
  • The princess was played by the model Smookie Tiger. The king was played by Jim Sabuda, and the queen was played by internationally renown playwright Suzi Bailie.


Here’s the trailer (be sure to set the player settings at the bottom to 480p as 360p makes it look terrible):



Thank you so much for watching!

About the author

Chad Perkins has written 20 posts for Movies & Computers

Creator of Movies & Computers. Filmmaker. Author of How to Cheat in After Effects, The After Effects Illusionist, and of several video training series on, Video2Brain, Total Training, and VTC.

10 Responses to "Princess Trailer"

  1. Michael says:

    Looks great! When is it available exactly? And have you considered putting this up on Amazon Studio?

    It’s an award-worthy trailer at least, though you are definitely building up a lot of suspension if you’re waiting until Fall to release it.

  2. Champ says:

    Well done airtlce that. I’ll make sure to use it wisely.

  3. adize says:

    Great trailer and article!

  4. Eduardo Torres says:

    A buffet in VFX… I hope wen casn see some tutorials or a making video. The animation of the castle is amazing.

  5. Chad Perkins says:

    Thanks all! I’m having some issues getting it finished, but it’s getting there. I’ll for sure be making tutorials about how I made this and posting some freebies and selling more complete training.

    @Michael – I hadn’t thought about Amazon Studios. I didn’t realize that this might fit there. I’ll check it out – thanks!

  6. Abd-L-Azeez says:

    i always like to watch your videos . but this one left me breathless !!!!!!!

    why didn’t you upload the video with 720P ? because then youtube will give you the options to select the quality that you want to watch the video with . ether then that youtube will kill the video !

    1. Chad Perkins says:

      Because this is meant for the iPad (which has a resolution of 1024 x 768), the resolution is smaller than 720p. Thanks for watching!

  7. says:

    Great trailor! Great article! Would love to know how you did all this so will be more than happy to pay for any training when you make it available.

  8. Joe says:

    Looking forward to seeing this.

  9. Dancan Omedo says:

    man i like everything that is been done here…and i would Love to be like you and even always interested in learning all this i know little of photoshop. so my request is ..would you mind and become a teacher and a mentor to people like me here in Africa? like me am really thirst for knowing this coz I’ve always wanted to be a designer..can you imagine am always on the internet try to get some ideas but the problem is that i cant get everything the it suppose.please can you help and give out what you have to people like us i know i can’t afford to pay you but begging for your help.?

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