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Luc Mandl
animating shadows
on Nov 7, 2013 at 4:28:00 am

how do I create shadows I am making a german expressionist type monster movie and want the last shot to be of one shadow growing and growing into a huge monster. I could try and do this with lighting but it may not look good, is it possible to achieve something like this in after effects? thanks

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Joseph W. Bourke
Re: animating shadows
on Nov 7, 2013 at 4:14:01 pm

While my first suggestion would be to do it with lighting, you could also achieve a semblance of the practical effects by either using a green screen technique, where, in the case of the monster, you shoot it and key it, then use either a shadow plugin such as Red Giant Warp (, or take a copy of the footage, reduce the brightness and contrast until it's black, then soften it with a blur and distort it until it looks the way you want it.

Here's another method from VideoCopilot:

You would obviously use this technique with a layer which has an alpha channel.

Joe Bourke
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Bourke Media

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Bosco Mattel
Re: animating shadows
on Nov 8, 2013 at 7:09:23 pm

Red Giand warp shadows maybe can be usefull.


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