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Learn to Create Scary Special Effects: Video 101
Posted By Guest Post On October 29, 2011 @ 2:39 am In Video Essentials | No Comments
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So, you’ve got a great idea for a thriller movie that has it all– ghosts, zombies, and some cool gun fights. But how do you pull off such a daunting task on the cheap? Not to worry! Scary special effects, while sometimes complicated, can also be done quickly and safely.
Not convinced? Take a look at the video below for three DIY effects you can make with easy-to-find supplies in a matter of hours. No need to worry about blowing yourself up either!
Below are some example images along with a breakdown of the techniques we used for each effect:
Pro tip…If you’re having trouble keying out the background of your footage, try playing with the brightness and contrast first. Making the wall a solid color (even in post) is the most important, the skin tone of your actor is not so much.
We had to use a Chroma Key effect and a Luma Key. You can apply multiple keying effects to get the best result.
Pro tip…Try wrapping the fishing line through the hole in the washer a couple times before tying it off. This will help keep it from breaking when you give it the final tug.
You can also tape the filled prophylactic to the cardboard plate first, then super glue the washer to the center of the bulge afterwards to make sure you get it centered.
We would not recommend taping the squib right to your actors chest without cardboard. Taking it off will hurt!
When you purchase supplies, chances are you’ll have enough to make more than one squib, and you’ll probably need to test a few to get the effect just right!
Pro tip…Hana is a professional make-up artist, so don’t be bummed if your zombie isn’t just like hers but remember these supplies can be purchased anywhere. Following the same basic steps will get you a great result!
Some people are allergic to latex. Do not apply it to anyone’s skin without making sure it is safe!
Hopefully these techniques will come in handy next time you decide to make something spooky. I encourage you to experiment but most of all, have fun with your new knowledge!
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