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War of the Worlds presets

Posted: Sun, 9th Apr 2006, 5:12pm

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bBrown

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Hey everyone.

I'm working on a War of the World's mini film... which will basically have people in my town running down the street, while tripods blast them with the heat ray. I'm basing it on the 2005 Spielberg version.

I've decided to use FX Home as my place to obtain special effects. I've realized that a few existing presets can be used for various aspects of my short film, such as the heat ray, and the dust from the humans that get zapped.

I was wondering... is there anyway I can request a preset for a CGI tripod like the ones featured in the Spielberg film?

I'm not completely Special FX literate, but... still, I wonder if the tripods from the DVD can somehow be cut, and put onto the pc as a preset... and then can be input into my mini film?

I don't know if that's possible though.


Thanks a lot for reading this.
I'd appreciate some help or advice.


Thanks again,

B. Brown
Posted: Sun, 9th Apr 2006, 10:42pm

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Super Cameraman

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Sorry, but no.

Presets are things like smoke, and lightsabers, and optics, and muzzle flashes. You are looking for stock footage.

Can someone make a sticky explaining the difference between a preset and stock footage?


-Super, who doen't even have EffectsLab...
Posted: Sun, 9th Apr 2006, 11:43pm

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petet2

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And Mr Spielberg might object if we start cutting images from his dvds and posting them on FXHome! wink
Posted: Mon, 10th Apr 2006, 2:42am

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bBrown

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Are there any 3D artists who would possibly be willing to make a 3D tripod for the film instead?

any help will be greatly appreciated, and I definitely plan to credit you (naturally).
Posted: Fri, 28th Jul 2006, 7:34am

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Same question.

any blender film experts or any other 3d experts that want to make presets of tri pod animations?
that would be sweet!
Posted: Sun, 17th Sep 2006, 5:34am

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The tripods in war of the worlds were made by ILM which is one of the best CGI effects companys out there. I dont think you are going to find anything close to those on the internet!
Posted: Fri, 29th Sep 2006, 4:30am

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VRBstudios

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maybe buying a miniature flexible model of one and take several different shots in front of a greenscreen and moving it in each shot? razz
Posted: Fri, 29th Sep 2006, 5:10am

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Vito Corleone wrote:

maybe buying a miniature flexible model of one and take several different shots in front of a greenscreen and moving it in each shot? razz
That will probably get you the best results. a miniature will probably get the best looking tripod, although animation would be rediculously hard. If the joints were loose enough, you might be able to put it on strings and animate it like a puppet. But you'd have to practice a lot, this isn't as easy as it sounds.

You also can dress all in green, in front of a greenscreen, with green poles in your hands that are attached to the tripod model. this would allow for more find control of the tripod. I've seen this done before, and it looks great.
I personally would not go 3D for somthing like this unless you really dont care if the 3d doesn't look anywhere near photorealistic.
Posted: Sat, 30th Sep 2006, 2:01am

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VRBstudios

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I know it ain't as easy as it sounds but it's probably a heck lot easier than blender.
Posted: Sun, 19th Nov 2006, 3:27am

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Check out the filmmaker's forum... there's somebody giving out 3d stuff for free smile although he's already got a bunch of requests and I'm not sure if it's the same kind of stuff.