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Posted: Mon, 12th May 2003, 12:42am

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shadu

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Is there any easy method to simulate light produce by a special effect? Like the light of a torch or a lightsaber?

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Posted: Mon, 12th May 2003, 12:49am

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Simon K Jones

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In AlamDV2 it is easy - just use the light bulb plugin.

Best way to use light is practically, though - on set. Then it will interact with everything correctly.
Posted: Mon, 12th May 2003, 12:50am

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Aculag

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Yeah, listen to tarn. It's kinda ridiculous to add lights to something you've already filmed if you ask me.
Posted: Mon, 12th May 2003, 1:01am

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Simon K Jones

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On the contrary - just earlier I was fiddling around with a fire plugin, just doing an effect similar to the Pyro effect in X2. After adding the fire to the actress' hand, it just didn't look right. It looked far too superimposed - there was nointeraction with the surroundings. However, a quick light bulb later and the fire was giving a nice warm orange glow to everything around it, and looked very convincing.
Posted: Mon, 12th May 2003, 1:07am

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Aculag

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I'm assuming that was a closeup, though. Right? I mean, trying to light your scene in post is a ridiculous idea. Lighting a small area like someones hand would probably work. And you said it did. So THERE! Haha. wink
Posted: Mon, 12th May 2003, 4:37am

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anonymous

illumination plug is good too
Posted: Mon, 12th May 2003, 7:04am

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darth_paul_goku

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I also used lightbulbs for the impact effect when both the light sabers touched in my movie. wink
Posted: Mon, 12th May 2003, 9:42am

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Simon K Jones

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Aculag - well, yes. I use the light bulbs to augment the existing light and blend the effects with the background, not to actually light the scene.

Although DigiGrade will give you some excellent tools for fixing/tweaking/altering lighting in post.
Posted: Wed, 14th May 2003, 7:17pm

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gent23mj

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if you want to use light effects, using strobe lights with youre intense fighting scene works well, u could even use diferent color stobes and different speeds to simulate gun flashes effects that are not on the screen at that moment... if you'll go to the Rock by jerry bruckheimer, there is a scene where they use strobes, its the scene in the shower room where the mercenaries kill all the special forces guys

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