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Michele Poggi
Recreating a thunder's LIGHT
on Nov 12, 2013 at 4:45:08 pm

Hi guys, I have to do a pretty nasty shot featuring a lightning... The thing is: it is out of shot. The lightning itself will be only heard and I have the clip showing the side of a palace with some trees. I have to create the light blast.

I'm worried since I'm not sure how to do it, do you have any experience or hint?

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John Cuevas
Re: Recreating a thunder's LIGHT
on Nov 12, 2013 at 5:35:36 pm

Aharon Rabinowitz did a pretty good tutorial on weather replacement(creating a storm) where he creates some onscreen distant lighting, you might find it useful. Weather Replacement

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Michele Poggi
Re: creating a thunder's LIGHT
on Nov 12, 2013 at 6:55:13 pm

Thank you, I'll check that out! The issue is I'll have to create the light the thunder creates, not the thunder itself. (But I have to in another shot so thanks ;])

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Dave LaRonde
Re: Recreating a thunder's LIGHT
on Nov 12, 2013 at 5:52:07 pm

I presume you will only see the light from the lightning falling on the building. You will need to pick a point light source, estimate the direction of the shadows, and animate from there.

I've done this before, but I had the luxury of having planned out the effect in advance. I was able to re-create the shadows with the help of two very large strobe lights. It worked well.

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Michele Poggi
Re: Recreating a thunder's LIGHT
on Nov 12, 2013 at 8:28:19 pm

I'd love to hear more. :) Thank you for the reply.

So.. My shot is of course a 2D movie. I also sadly have trees in front of the buildingm but even more than the shadows I'm unsure about how to do the light itself on After. I can't believe I'll have to play with levels and white solids, and most of all.. It's a thunder, so it will be fast as a gunshot.

I'm probably missing what to do frame by frame to do the illusion though...

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Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Re: Recreating a thunder's LIGHT
on Nov 13, 2013 at 7:37:57 am

It always helps if you post the clip - more ideas can come that way.

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Michele Poggi
Re: creating a thunder's LIGHT
on Nov 13, 2013 at 8:56:43 am

Sadly I can't, there's we can call it a NDA.

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