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Creating The Effect Of An Explosions

Published : 2nd November 2009


What can I on a very limited budget create the effect of an explosion happening off camera. The producer wants to set up a shot in which sailors are watching a ship explode. I need ideas on how to create lighting effects that will do the trick.


All ideas welcomed. I have four days before we shoot.


Paul Donovan
Documentary cameraman



Hi Paul


Chuck in some smoke balls (condoms filled with smoke from a smoke canister, and insert some orange flash frames in post.


John Rossetti DOP London



>>The producer wants to set up a shot in which sailors are watching a ship explode. I need ideas on how >>to create lighting effects that will do the trick.


If you are doing a tight shot, you could use a projector sending a stock image of an explosion on their faces and use a smoke machine for effect.


Gregory Singer
Director/Producer
Stallion AV Productions, NYC
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http://gregorysinger.info
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How about some gun powder/fireworks?

JB



Forgive my sense of humour but just tell the producer it will cost him $30,000 ! that will create a very loud bang and sparks!!


Joking apart, try using theatrical Flash Powder with a gold reflector behind it. It has a fairly long burn time which I guess you will need.


John Babl