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trying to make a bullet hole "hit"

Posted: Thu, 13th Nov 2008, 3:50am

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Just wondering if anyone here has made a bullet hit effect for an action movie? I want to film something and make it look like a bullet hole just suddenly "appears" on the actor. Has anyone tried this? I've been trying and don't know what to do. I tried masking but can't figure out how to make the hole suddenly "appear" later in the footage or how to animate it.
Posted: Fri, 14th Nov 2008, 8:32pm

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well if you want to see through the guy you can tape him doing watever and then get a shot of the backround and try not to move the camera alot depending on the size of the holeand then of the backround and then just mask where ever u want the hole to be
Posted: Fri, 14th Nov 2008, 9:06pm

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Whether the hit is on exposed skin or under clothing will make a huge difference for how this effect is pulled off. Of course, the pros use make-up and squibs, but trying home-made squibs is a very very bad idea. Cutting to the actor's reaction at the time of impact is an often-used and quite effective trick.

Not sure where exactly you were running into issues with the masking/animating technique, but perhaps you will find these helpful.

Masking tutorial.

Animation tutorial.