Join Lee Lanier for an in-depth discussion in this video Stabilizing the plate, part of VFX Techniques: Creating a Laser Battle.
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- We've fabricated a hole…where the laser beam strikes the cabinet.…That looks pretty good here,…but it does lead to some problems.…Before I play it back, though, let me show you…the end result for my mask.…Here's my mask shape for the hole.…You see it's more intricate, so you probably…want to spend more time on your own…to make sure it's nice and jagged.…Here's the mask's the matte painting of the damage.…And you do need to make sure that the hole lines up…with the matte painting, and that lines up with the beam,…so make sure you adjust all the masks…so they converge at the correct location.…
Now let's play it back and see what the problem is.…The problem is, the camera is moving,…yet my artwork here is static, so all of this is sliding.…Now, in anticipation of having the moving camera,…the shot actually includes tracking marks,…all these tape X's.…It turns out that the shot is not moving as much as…was originally planned, there was going to be…a much more intensely aggressive motion.…This particular piece, though, is pretty subtle.…
- Running particle simulations to create beams and sparks
- Altering the beams with distortion, blur, and color effects
- Creating interactive lighting through masking and color grading
- Creating set damage by rotoscoping and integrating matte paintings
- Animating post camera moves
- Matching effects through multiple shots
Skill Level Intermediate
VFX Techniques: Creating Particle Effectswith Lee Lanier2h 50m Intermediate
After Effects CC Essential Trainingwith Ian Robinson14h 52m Appropriate for all
1. Getting Started
2. Running Particle Simulations
3. Assembling a Gun Blast
4. Adding Set Damage
5. Adding a Third Blast
6. Wrapping Up
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