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Brendan MaghranLens Flare Spill advice
by on Jan 12, 2011 at 11:53:14 pm

Hello All,

I'm no AE afficionado, but I am working with some green screen footage and I am attempting to get a generated lens flare to appear like it is coming from behind the subject but still spilling onto his front and face. Whenever I create a new flare on the keyed out layer, it sits behind the subject as expected, looking fake. If I am confusing you, use this music video as an idea.

Look at 0:27 or 0:40


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Todd KoprivaRe: Lens Flare Spill advice
by on Jan 13, 2011 at 3:14:39 am

The term for this kind of thing is "light wrap".

Here's an After Effects Community Help search for 'light wrap' that brings up some useful results.

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Michael SzalapskiRe: Lens Flare Spill advice
by on Jan 13, 2011 at 2:28:01 pm

And, just for the record, a lens flare should always be one of your top layers because a real lens flare is not something that is on set that you would film; it's an in-camera artifact caused by a bright light source hitting the lens. You will need to keyframe the lens flare so that it goes away as the light source moves behind the person and (as Todd mentioned) wrap light them until the light source comes into view again.

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