special effects

This is why your green screen shots look terrible and how to prevent it

Jul 2, 2020
Dunja Djudjic

There are many tips, tricks, and techniques to get green screen shots right. However, it still sometimes looks terrible, even in big-budget movies and TV…

Five filmmaking tricks and techniques that you need to learn

Apr 29, 2019
John Aldred

Everybody’s always looking for tips, tricks and shortcuts to make their lives easier. Whether it’s photoshop, filmmaking, or just about any part of our lives….

This is how famous breathtaking stunts were performed before we had green screens and after effects

Jan 3, 2019
Dunja Djudjic

Silent films of the early 20th century had some pretty breathtaking stunts that would be made using a green screen in modern days. Just think…

Here are four green screen tricks you can make without the green screen

Nov 14, 2018
Dunja Djudjic

Green screen is a popular and useful tool for creating all kinds of visual effects. You can DIY it, you can even paint it, but…

City of Yekaterinburg made a public green screen so everyone can make special effects movies

Jul 17, 2018
Dunja Djudjic

If you need a green screen for your projects, you can DIY it. But if the road takes you to Yekaterinburg, you can just get…

How to use Photoshop’s “Blend If” feature like a pro

Feb 5, 2018
Dunja Djudjic

Blend If is a very useful Photoshop tool. Jesús Ramirez of Photoshop Training Channel calls it “the unsung hero,” and he wants to teach you…

How TV show Stranger Things title sequence was done 95% in-camera

Nov 4, 2017
Udi Tirosh

It’s been a long, long time since title sequences were made in camera, by optically projecting the titles frame by frame on film. It’s all…

How to turn smoke into low lying fog for your next spooky photo shoot

Aug 29, 2017
John Aldred

Low lying fog can be fantastic for those creepy photo shoots, especially out on location. Or, perhaps you’re trying to recreate the look of a…

How to make your own DIY air-powered blood squibs

Jun 19, 2017
John Aldred

Movie special effects usually come with a big price tag. They can be complicated, requiring specialised (and licensed) skill sets. Some are also very dangerous…

From bugs to poison: the weird history of fake blood

Feb 20, 2017
Dunja Djudjic

Nowadays you can simply buy fake blood, even online. But if you don’t have a high budget and you’re filming the next Texas Chainsaw Massacre…