Ever since Stranger Things, glowing title text has once again become a popular theme. Much of it now, though, is created in post. It’s fairly simple to do in either Photoshop or After Effects, too. But it always has that look of artificiality. It’s too perfect, too clean. It doesn’t have that organic feel of creating it in-camera.
This video from Design By Numbers shows us a great example of how backlit text can be created for real. And all you need is some black paper, a sharp craft knife, and a light source. Any light source will do, you can even use your phone.