I was watching one of the many lightsaber duels on YouTube last night (If you haven’t seen Ryan vs Dorkman or RvD2: Ryan vs. Dorkman 2 I *Highly* recommend both of them as the best fan made lightsaber duels on all of YouTube!) when I remembered a scene from one of the Indiana Jones movies where a guy comes at him with a sword, making all kind of fancy moves with it and Indiana just whips out a pistol and shoots him.

I created the entire thing in Sony Vegas instead of using LSMaker to create the lightsaber like I’ve done in the past.  I know that the lightsaber effect came out really terrible but I decided to go ahead and post this anyway because in spite of the bad effect, I think it’s still pretty funny.

Part of the reason it turned out the way it did was because this was the first lightsaber I’ve done in Sony Vegas.  Another reason is because the lighting on my green screen was really bad and I ended up having to (ab)use the color correction tools to improve the chroma keying.  I know, I could have gone ahead and just left the green screen showing and had better results and perhaps I should have but there’s something about a green screen being visible in a shot that just grates my nerves the wrong way.  I just *had* to put something on it in spite of the bad lighting.

I’ll certainly be doing more (hopefully with better lighting!) to improve how the lightsabers turn out.  Who knows?  Maybe I’ll even come up with a script for something that actually resembles a story to go with it!

Music credits:
“Exiting Trailer” and “Dangerous” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons “Attribution 3.0”

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