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Buffy the Vampire Slayer effects in After Effects 5.5

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Luke de SadeBuffy the Vampire Slayer effects in After Effects 5.5
by on Feb 11, 2003 at 9:45:40 pm

How can I go into making an effect like the ones in Buffy the Vampire Slayer when a vampire dies? You know, the stake the vampire, then his skin burns, then the vampire explodes into dust, but his skeleton is visible for a short time? Know what I mean?

Oh, by the way, I'm new here. Hello!


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tochakRe: Buffy the Vampire Slayer effects in After Effects 5.5
by on Feb 11, 2003 at 10:19:27 pm

I think that's real vampires they're using.


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Luke de SadeRe: Buffy the Vampire Slayer effects in After Effects 5.5
by on Feb 11, 2003 at 10:29:52 pm

Oh. Damn. That's gonna be hard to do, then.


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tochakRe: Buffy the Vampire Slayer effects in After Effects 5.5
by on Feb 11, 2003 at 11:30:14 pm

Not if you're from Transylvania (or Hollywood).


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HobRe: Buffy the Vampire Slayer effects in After Effects 5.5
by on Feb 12, 2003 at 12:34:40 am

Gee, I thought all the blood-suckers were in Washington D.C.


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Mark SuszkoRe: Buffy the Vampire Slayer effects in After Effects 5.5
by on Feb 12, 2003 at 1:47:26 am

Hmmm. The base layer is a still of the background only. The actor could be green-screened in, or rotoscoped out of an existing frame, the frame then painted to remove the actor; this then becomes the base background layer. You can generate a nice skeleton image in the right perspective to match-frame with the actor in poser 3 (the free version). Bony goes in his own layer. I suppose I would grab the still of the actor, however you derived it, and put it on it's own layer, above the skeleton layer. Then it's all particle playground from there...

But that's just me.


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anthonyRe: Buffy the Vampire Slayer effects in After Effects 5.5
by on Feb 12, 2003 at 1:56:13 am

there is a low cost effects package called alam dv on the market that for the most part is very low end but there is a huge community sharing effects they have built themselves,if you go to

http://www.csb-digital.com/alamdv/

and look at the demo reel there is a vampire death about three quarters of the way through....and..shockingly...it's pretty kick ass! believe it or not.

check it out.


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Luke de SadeRe: Buffy the Vampire Slayer effects in After Effects 5.5
by on Feb 12, 2003 at 6:46:27 pm

Where is the demo reel, exactly? I looked for it, but couldn't find it.


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Ken BlankenshipRe: Buffy the Vampire Slayer effects in After Effects 5.5
by on Feb 13, 2003 at 7:57:51 pm

http://www.csb-digital.com/alamdv/cinema/movies/AlamDV2_Trailer_Medium.mov

This trailer shows all of the effects that can be done with AlamDV2.

Ken Blankenship


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Luke de SadeRe: Buffy the Vampire Slayer effects in After Effects 5.5
by on Feb 14, 2003 at 2:08:37 am

Thanks. That's a cool trailer. Cool effects there, but can't they all be done with After Effects, and better?

Oh, the vampire death is really cool, though.


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anthonyRe: Buffy the Vampire Slayer effects in After Effects 5.5
by on Feb 14, 2003 at 7:02:06 pm

most of them can be done in some way in after effects but the vampire death is a tricky one! you might find that the time put in isn't worth the result .
plus the vampire death in alam dv is instantanious.
you could apply the vamp death in alam dv, render it out , then take it into after effects to tweak!


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