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Tips to Save Time and Money Using VFX Technique

Many filmmakers think visual effects are a luxury reserved only for those big budget films. This is not the case, vfx is not just about robots and dinosaurs.

Using various vfx techniques today, visual effects could be a great tool not only for telling the story but also for saving time and money. Here we are going to list a few situations where vfx techniques can save you time and money.

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5 Tips to Save Time and Money Using VFX Technique

1. Set

Instead of building an entire set for shooting, you can only make the part of the set that the actors will interact with and leave the rest to visual effects. It will not only save time and money but also a lot of trouble such as getting a big sufficient space to arrange the setup.

This is where having some basic understanding of visual effects is valuable to know which parts are easier to build real and what is easier done in post.

The rule of thumb is anything the actor’s touch or walk on, or will have moving light and reflections or shadow should be built real.

Also, anything that is in the foreground of the shot should be real.

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2. Moving Vehicle

For filming actors in a moving vehicle such as a plane, car or trains, doing green screen window replacements are usually the best way to go.

For a driving car on the street, you need to pull the car which the actors are in by a truck so that the actors can concentrate on acting rather than driving.

You will need permission for filming on a public street and need to close off the street to other cars and pedestrians. It is a lot of work.

In the old days, most car scenes were filmed in front of a screen with footage of a street being projected on to it. For filming in a subway, you might need to apply an approval from the transit authorities.

Filming in a flying plane will be even more trouble and expense. In those situations, vfx save a lot of trouble and money for you.

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3. Climate Control

Shooting in the night time, snowing or raining day is not only going to cost you more on renting more lights or paying overtime to the crew and actors, but it also gets you bad quality images that are not very useful.

The solution is shot in daytime or clear weather and applying rain or snow elements and color correction in post.

It is known as shooting day for night.

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4. Fire

Lighting set on fire is risky and dangerous. You never want to see anybody on set get hurt you don’t want to put yourself in the risk of only have one chance to get the shot right.

Using gasoline fire will take a lot of time put out and reset the shot. An experienced vfx supervisor advises you to film the fire separately as an element, and the vfx team can composite it into the shot later.

That will be quick and cheap. An old visual effects trick to put a piece of glass in front of the camera at a 45-degree angle and have a fire off to the side reflecting into the glass giving the appearance that the set on fire.

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5. Location

There are a lot of films shot in Canada, but the stories are set in somewhere else. The reason for doing this is because filmmakers want to take benefit of tax benefits or lower overhead provided by some countries or states. In this case, you only need to do few shots showing some famous landmarks to let the audiences know where the story is taking place.

Sending a crew over to another city for a few shots take a lot of time and money plus it hard to manage.

Using VFX, this might be easily replaced with a few matte paintings or building replacements.

Another situation is you have an interior of a house where a lot of scenes will be shot, but you don’t like the street view or window view. Instead of trying to find another location, putting a green screen on the windows and replacing the window view could be a good solution.

Some remote locations like Alaska or the desert, or forest are too difficult to transport the entire crew too. In this case, matte painting is a good way to go.

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