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woodenstool
06-28-2003, 09:08 PM
I'm trying to make a short action movie, but I also want special effects in them. I'm not talking about those stupid transitions, which so many programs consider as "special effects". I'm talking about floating up, flying up walls, jumping 50 feet up in the air, dodging bullets. Like in "The Matrix". Green screen stuff.

But what's a program that allows me to do that sort of thing? Adobe Premiere? Final Cut? 3D Studio Max? ImageReady? I really want to know. Thank you.

Semicolon
06-28-2003, 09:15 PM
Not sure...maybe you should post this under the technical help?

woodenstool
06-28-2003, 09:51 PM
That's techanical help for JK2. I'm talking about original films.

Semicolon
06-29-2003, 06:23 AM
Ah ok. I've got no clue then sorry.

[RAA]-=Chi3f=-
06-29-2003, 06:38 AM
Originally posted by woodenstool
I'm trying to make a short action movie, but I also want special effects in them. I'm not talking about those stupid transitions, which so many programs consider as "special effects". I'm talking about floating up, flying up walls, jumping 50 feet up in the air, dodging bullets. Like in "The Matrix". Green screen stuff.

But what's a program that allows me to do that sort of thing? Adobe Premiere? Final Cut? 3D Studio Max? ImageReady? I really want to know. Thank you.


What kind of movie is this?

I made a kung-fu movies with some friends 5 years ago. FOr high jumps we played footage of us jumping in reverse onto a crash pad (from a ledge or balcony about 10 to 30 feet). Cardboard works great for a crah pad, btw. We went to the junk yard and filmed some shots there (lots of cool stuff there).

Premiere is what I use to splice and edit footage together along with sound overlay. Fruityloops will allow you to make some cool beats. Corel is great for photo editing and effects (we used sparklers and fire crackers on a green background for explosions). You can basically experiment with cutting images and adding them together.

Filming can be a major difference too. For example throwing a knife and missing an enemy is easy. We stuck a knife into a tree next to the target. Then the thrower, who had the same knife, would throw it (or act like it). The camera would pan to a specific mark where the target person was making it look like the knife was thrown very quickly at the enemy.


You should be able to find some good help in a search engine. Most of the stuff we did was over the course of 2 years with 4 regulars playing 40 parts and about 20 extras (working for free I might add, lol) playing about 200 parts. By myself I played the main bad guy, 5 thugs, 3 ninjas, 2 stupid villagers, a farmer, a drunk, and a school girl (don't ask). Our budget was extremely low since we were all broke at the time. We did it all with what we had which wasn't much.

Your best tool is creativity and resoursefulness. Study the movie closest to your own and copy what they do. If it's matrix bullet time, it can be done with 50 disposable cameras and a time delay.

:cool:

|GG|Carl
06-29-2003, 08:22 AM
If you are really serious about filmmaking, I think yuo shall buy "Adobe Premiere", the best filmmakingprogram I know. But it's really expensive...
A quite good and not so expensive filmmaking program is "Pinnacle Studio", but it's not halv as good as Adobe.

You can also visit theforce.net, they have a very good filmmaking section.


PS.What sort of camera do you own?

toms
06-30-2003, 02:40 PM
you also probably want a Mac. (shudder). About the only thing they are still better than PCs for is video editing.

Even so, for matrix like kung-fu the wire setup will probably cost more than the software....