FXhomer62958 wrote:How can I get some really good-looking gory blood fx?
-For tips on explosions, I'd like to create the most realistic ones possible.
In both cases, practical effects will nearly always result in better effects. Its not always feasible to create such effects on-set, especially for low- or no-budget amateur films, but stock footage of practical effects is almost invariably preferable to CG incarnations. Presets for EffectsLab won't be ideal.
Whenever possible, use practical effects on-set, especially for blood effects, as they aren't too complicated or difficult, and can be done relatively safely. For cases where you can't swing on-set effects, look into stock footage such as that found in the AlamDV plug-ins
, which have some nice practical explosions, Detonation films
, which has some pyrotechnic and blood footage for reasonable prices, and the stock packs from NoControl Cinema
, which have excellent effects, in HD, also at extremely reasonable prices. Some great work represented in those packs by Sollthar.