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That’s Gonna Leave A Mark

The guys at Film Riot have some cause to celebrate today.  It seems that one of their videos has passed the three million view mark!

Specifically, it’s the one titled “Learn FX Secrets From Exorcist and “From Hell” In which they show how to do a throat cutting effect that looks real enough that you’d expect the actor to have to buy a gallon or two of acne scar treatment to heal a really incredibly nasty and very very real looking wound.

They also show how to do an extremely realistic “Exorcist” style projectile vomiting effect without actually having your actors blow chunks for real.

In fact, here’s the episode itself which has 3,053,952 views as I write this.

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Lighting, The Heart Of Chroma Key

Anyone that’s used the video editing tool called Chroma Key, the trick of making a color transparent so that you can have a picture or another video clip visible behind your actor(s), can tell you that THE single most important factor in using that effect is lighting.

Oh, it’s possible to make it work (well, sort of) with poor lighting by using color correction tools to super saturate the green (or blue) screen and make it usable, most pros and experienced amateurs will agree that in the end there is no substitute for a well lit green (or blue) screen.

Now during the last several months I’ve had the advantage of the much brighter sun that’s available in my studio in the spring and summer months.  However it’s now autumn and we’re headed into winter.  That will mean months of dingy gray clouds with little to no bright sunlight to speak of.  Never mind light that is both bright enough and available at the time I need it.

Anyone that’s ever looked into studio lighting will know that it’s expensive stuff, even when it’s on sale.  Fortunately I have a couple of ideas that should do the trick.

The first is to wire up a couple of those insanely bright halogen headlights to a twelve volt power supply.  I they should easily be bright enough since I get almost completely blinded every time I’m driving at night when SOME inconsiderate moron doesn’t understand the courtesy of dimming their high-beams when there’s oncoming traffic!

The other, much easier option is to get a couple of work lights and position one on each side of the green screen for even illumination.  This will also have the advantage of being portable for those times when I’m shooting at some location other than my studio, something I hope to be doing more of over the coming months.

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How To Gross Out Your Friends For Fun And Profit

Ever wanted to do something like come up with the best in the world way to gross out your sisters?  C’mon guys, admit it, grossing out your younger sisters is one of the finer things in life.

In this video Backyard FX shows how to easily make passable blood, snot, puke & poop for use in video productions.  Just from looking at the video I’d say that if you were careful with the camera angles and editing you could do a lot of truly disgusting things with this.  Plan it right and the girls will never know what hit them!

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Transporter Accident

I was watching a video yesterday that included a unique kind of transporter accident in the story.  Two people were beamed up but before they could be rematerialized, the transporter circuits suffered severe damage.  When folks had the chance to do some repairs they tried rematerializing the patterns that were held in it’s buffer.

Unfortunately, only one person appeared.  There was still one pattern in the buffer but the body that had appeared had the minds of both people in it.  This lead to an interesting series of conflicts that was made worse (and funnier) by the fact that one was an attractive, active woman and the other was a geek whose only good feature was the fact that he’s smarter than anyone else around… and knows it.

the flyThey eventually managed to get things sorted out and back into their own bodies but it got me to thinking.  It’s been a LONG time since I’ve seen the very first movie that involved a transporter accident … The Fly.  And I’m not talking about the 1980’s remake either.  I’m talking about the 1958 original with Vincent Price and the sequels that came after it.  What’s really cool is that I found them on sale in a single set!!

The Fly Collection is a set that has all three of the original classic science fiction slash horror movies in one place.  Say what you will about visual effects and film quality being less than what can be done now but on the other hand, they told a VERY intense story that scared the crap outta people without having to resort to filling the screen with gallons of blood or mountains of gore.

I think there was, in many ways, more art to telling stories in a visual medium then than there is now.  Don’t get me wrong, I love CGI and visual effects and I think they can be used in fantastic ways.  However at the same time you can do a heck of a lot with a good story and a director that knows how to lead the audience where he wants them to go.

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Trying To Learn Blender Fluid Animation

I’ve been trying to learn how to use Blender’s fluid animation capability in hopes that I can use it to create a passable “Kawoosh” with it.

So far, it’s not looking good.

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