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Christoffer Matssoncreate strong backlight
by on Jun 21, 2010 at 8:38:59 pm

Hi! Im working on a sequence where there's going to be a huge explosion of energy, similar to a nuclear blast.
This blast is going to generate a strong backlight to some skyscrapers that will be shown on camera. I want strong sharp edges to the shadows and "light streaks" at the corners of the buildings. I will create the buildings in 3ds max.

So my real question is: Should I make this backligt effect in after effects or in 3ds max, and how?

Ps, I own Video Copilots Optical flares and tried to create this but I didn't get the result i was looking for.

Any help is highly appreciated


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Michael SzalapskiRe: create strong backlight
by on Jun 21, 2010 at 9:22:02 pm

I would say, to make it look good, you will need to create it in both. Have a big light in your 3d program and add any extra effects (like light streaks) in AE.

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Jeffrey KaplanRe: create strong backlight
by on Jun 21, 2010 at 9:23:33 pm

[Christoffer Matsson] "I want strong sharp edges to the shadows and "light streaks" at the corners of the buildings."

Since you are modeling the skyscrapers in 3D max - I would render out a separate shadow pass of your "hard edged" shadows for composite. As for the light streaks - do you happen to have trapcode Shine? If not - try CC shine and see if that gives you the desired effect.

Jeff Kaplan
Point 360 WEST
Animation & VFX Department
http://www.point360west.com


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Jeffrey KaplanRe: create strong backlight
by on Jun 21, 2010 at 9:29:03 pm

Sorry not CC Shine - CC Light Burst. My mind was still thinking Trapcode...

Jeff Kaplan
Point 360 WEST
Animation & VFX Department
http://www.point360west.com


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Christoffer MatssonRe: create strong backlight
by on Jun 21, 2010 at 9:39:18 pm

thank you for the tip! the trapcode "shine" effects is exacly what I was looking for in the light streaks! I can't beleave you guys responded so quickly :D


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