View Full Version : WIP : Destruction VFX shot

01 January 2008, 02:52 PM
Hello guys,

I have been working on my new personal VFX project "Destruction". I thought to make LiveAction + CG shot this time. We were done the onset shooting so fast and hopefully camera tracking was done in voodoo peacefully.

This shot is little bit inspired from Transformers movie in which Hero runs with cube in his hands between the street. I am going to show empty dirty street and only one human is left in the city who is also attacked by unknown things and explosions are happening in the roads and he is running away. I am also going to put some cars, damaged building and i am going to keep most of the elements in the shot as it is. just gonna paint over damage and dirt over the buildings and smokes coming out from it.

I use Sony DCR SR100 HDD cam, i was supposed to shot at 4:9 ratio with 3.0 megapixel filter but i shot it on 16:9 widescreen with 2.0 Megapixel. My bad that's why video looks a bit blurry but it looks good on TV.

Here is the WIP test movie. I hope you will like it.


Mov :
Youtube :

I felt that chunks are a bit big so i scaled it down and also adjusted ground shadows and contacts to the ground. I also randomize the chunks in next movie.
Any suggestions for showing that city or street is already attacked or some mystrious things happened.
EDIT : Links updated! added mov link. BTW realvideo is in 1024x576 size.

01 January 2008, 09:23 AM
heyup mate
nice work
I'd suggest starting off the camera shake a bit more subtle and it intensifies as the action comes closer to camera. at moment it all feels one level of shake?

the explosions all feel like they're the same - maybe 3 or 4 variants layered in random order from furthest back to nearest would help break up the uniformity.

add some dirt and debris flying past the characters feet and body - slight layer of dirt in front of him would help sell him into shot more.

crowd in bg seem unfazed - I know this is a toughie to do so maybe paint em out?

nice work overall though :)

01 January 2008, 12:48 PM
Hey thanks for reply. I was been busy with Festival of kites (Makarsankrati)..

I totally agree with whatever you said! i already did many changes and i will post explosion/destruction of road soon.

I also removed those ppl from the footage. As i am going to show that only one man left there in the city. Also thinking to show dirty look, like crowded cars maybe i better have to go for Auto rickshaw or bikes and maybe few cars (according to here's situation but i will think what could be much better..) . Also there will be some fire/smoke here and there and coming out from the building, broken/destructed road near to camera.

Here is the image update shows damage paintover to the building. I will post video soon which shows removed ppl and these damaged buildings as well as explosions.

Comments and Crits are welcome.

Thanks and Regards,

01 January 2008, 12:14 PM
For some reason, I'm not convinced by the sudden explosion from the ground, but that's another whole topic of my own opinion.

On the damage paintover - the background image is very bright and slightly on blur focus. Make sure your "cracks" aren't sharp-edged.

Also, you need a serious color correction to up the quality.

01 January 2008, 01:18 PM
I agree about the color correction and sharp cracks..but i posted this image without any color corrections. thanks for pointing out about sharp cracks. It supposed to be slightly blurred according to recorded footage. I am currently rendering final sequense of explosions along with smoke. As i told before there will be slow motion at the end of the shots.

It's about man trying to survive from extra ordinary things happening in the city.

01 January 2008, 07:45 AM
Here is an update. I am done with fragements and smoke and also with color correction. Also i added slowmo intentionally.

Link : (1.65MB,Divx Codec)

I should now start working on environment details.

01 January 2008, 02:30 PM
I tried two different style of color correction :

let me know what do u think guys? i liked first one. Second one is referenced from Transformers movie.

01 January 2008, 01:52 PM
I worked on environments parts. Here is small update on foreground part. Just added some rocks,tires, crashed car, some destructed road etc. Also i am going to add smoke coming from car or maybe some fire on that one and also on that bin/trash near to actor.

01 January 2008, 02:47 PM
Here is the update(with corrected exposure for buildings) shows the environments without any color correction and post production. I am rendering all layers now and will post video soon.

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