Archive for the ‘Special Effects’ Category

Light Saber Dance

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

Ok, so you knew it was coming. I found this really cool little light saber dance that you might enjoy ;)

Lightsaber Dance

Speaking of which, I’ve got a few light saber videos myself and a tutorial on how to make them! I must say the choreography is pretty good here and the music is pretty funny. The only thing I would change is place some sparks and flashes into the mix of the saber clashing. I wonder if the two women knew they were going to be turned into internet icons?

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Effects Book, a place to find Visual Effects Information

Friday, October 26th, 2007

Hello everyone, today I put up my new Effects Book site, dealing with visual/special effects ideas and tutorials. My goal is to help people create appealing special FX visuals by using inexpensive materials and tools. More to come on this domain later, as it’s pretty new to the web.

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The Secret to Video Cloning Effects using After Effects

Wednesday, July 4th, 2007

Ever want to clone yourself on video? Make it look like you had a few extra brothers or sisters hanging around? But how would you make it look real, make your video actually look like you were really able to multiply your body, just like in the Star Wars or Matrix movies? There is a secret that many people do not understand when it comes to cloning objects or people. It is something I learned from trial and error experience and can sum up to you in just one word… “tripod“. Yes, get yourself a tripod for your video camera. Keeping your camera steady in between clone takes is a must and is the key to creating effective and believable clones videos. If you’re interested in learning more about the specifics of video effects cloning, visit my tutorial on creating clone effects.

I did a clone video a few years back on the track field at Cal State San Marcos. Watch the finished movie below:

This movie is by far the largest attempt on my behalf to clone something (myself). I started in December of 2004 and finished in March of 2005, filmed this over a period of 5 or 6 different days. I may have spent a bit too much time on it but I think it turned out pretty good. In the end, I had no filming help from anyone except for my tripod - it was my camera man.

I bought my tripod at Frys Electronics for about $40 dollars. You can purchase cheap yet effective tripods at just about any major electronics store that also sells camcorders, i.e. Frys, Circuit City, Comps USA, etc. So just remember, if you need to clone something and all else fails, use a tripod.

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