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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.
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.
How about some gun powder/fireworks?
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.