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Need help in recreating an "effect"

Postby Noobasaurus » Sat Jan 21, 2012 1:58 pm

Some of you may have seen "I Passed My Test", while some of you may not. The time has come to make another video that is another parody of The Lonely Island but I am not sure how to recreate an effect my brother wants me to.

The effect is this(no, it's not bad or anything). I somehow need to make an effect that looks close to the lighting in that one. I have a greenscreen, but that won't work. What I'm thinking is: Get a dark, open room. Get a bit of fog/smoke flying around. Get a disco ball/a powerful light with holes that can shine in all directions. Put the two people in front of it and done. The only downside to this is I have to get a disco ball(actually a color/light rotator thing) and the good ones are not in my budget. I have a bunch of lights to light my greenscreen but if I made coverings for those it'd probably look bad.

Any suggestions on what I should do?

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Re: Need help in recreating an "effect"

Postby computergeek » Sun Jan 22, 2012 12:22 am

I'd say as opposed to the disco ball (which would refract the light too much to get the lens flare effect imo), you should have someone hold something like a piece of paper and move it back and forth across the light (causes a significant, but not 100% darkening of the light). The fog will definitely be good to catch the rays. Its worth a shot if you ask me

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Re: Need help in recreating an "effect"

Postby Noobasaurus » Sun Jan 22, 2012 4:30 pm

computergeek wrote:I'd say as opposed to the disco ball (which would refract the light too much to get the lens flare effect imo), you should have someone hold something like a piece of paper and move it back and forth across the light (causes a significant, but not 100% darkening of the light). The fog will definitely be good to catch the rays. Its worth a shot if you ask me

Yeah. I got a plastic cone from a broken light and put tinfoil on the inside and I think it looks pretty good.

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I tried waving a piece of paper in front of it but that didn't look too good. Tonight I'll try it outside and maybe get some fog or something flying around. I'll also get someone in front of the camera and try the paper again.

I'll also get some blue covering for the light so that it casts blue rays.

EDIT: Here's what I got from that picture: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AY5Wz4yR1qk

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Re: Need help in recreating an "effect"

Postby computergeek » Sun Jan 22, 2012 5:52 pm

Pretty cool! Put a person in front of it, and I think you'll get a good effect

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Re: Need help in recreating an "effect"

Postby Teancum » Sun Jan 22, 2012 6:36 pm

A smoke machine is what will actually give you proper lines to then 'chop up'.

I used to be a DJ for several years.

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Re: Need help in recreating an "effect"

Postby Noobasaurus » Sun Jan 22, 2012 9:26 pm

Teancum wrote:A smoke machine is what will actually give you proper lines to then 'chop up'.

Yeah, the only problem is I have to buy one for about a ten second use. :|

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Re: Need help in recreating an "effect"

Postby willinator » Sun Jan 22, 2012 9:34 pm

If you know where to look, I'm sure they're available for rental.

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Re: Need help in recreating an "effect"

Postby Marth8880 » Sun Jan 22, 2012 9:38 pm

You can do lots of cool stuff with smoke machines, I assure you that you wouldn't only use it once.

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Re: Need help in recreating an "effect"

Postby Noobasaurus » Sun Jan 22, 2012 9:50 pm

willinator wrote:If you know where to look, I'm sure they're available for rental.

Never thought about that...
Marth8880 wrote:You can do lots of cool stuff with smoke machines, I assure you that you wouldn't only use it once.

Now that I think about it, yes, you're right. I'm still uneasy about buying one though. I can almost duplicate the fog with some random mixture in a fry pan. But the real question is: How good do I want it to look?

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Re: Need help in recreating an "effect"

Postby willinator » Sun Jan 22, 2012 10:16 pm

My advice would be to look for a rental option. There are tons of people like you, who need something like a smoke machine, turntable, projector, carpet cleaner, etc. for a one-time use. There is most likely a place that rents out smoke machines.

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Re: Need help in recreating an "effect"

Postby Teancum » Sun Jan 22, 2012 10:20 pm

Any place that rents PA/DJ/lighting equipment will likely rent smoke machines. I never had trouble finding one back in the day.

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Re: Need help in recreating an "effect"

Postby Noobasaurus » Thu Jan 26, 2012 8:13 pm

Alright, here's what I think I am going to do: Have nice, even lighting on the characters, a black background, and a spotlight behind them. I'll then apply the blue rays effect and make a mask around the characters so it looks like it's not hitting them and they're not blue.

Or use a greenscreen to separate layers easier and make it look all the better. Here's another test: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCVyLrtguNQ&feature=youtu.be

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Re: Need help in recreating an "effect"

Postby willinator » Thu Jan 26, 2012 8:52 pm

I must say, that looks pretty good for not using a smoke machine. Well done! :thumbs:

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Re: Need help in recreating an "effect"

Postby Noobasaurus » Thu Jan 26, 2012 9:06 pm

willinator wrote:I must say, that looks pretty good for not using a smoke machine. Well done! :thumbs:

Thanks. I just made another test here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1W1dKtW6s8&feature=youtu.be

It is in extremely slow motion because what you see there is basically all we got with the two of them.

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