Just in time for the cinematic release of “Sonic the Hedgehog” the movie, “Hashi” the Action Movie Dad demonstrates how to sell the supersonic speed of characters in brand new episode of Cheap Tricks, now out on YouTube.
Portland, OR – February 13, 2020 – Red Giant has just released the first Cheap Tricks episode of the year, featuring “Sonic the Hedgehog” – out in theaters this Friday, February 14th – and his supersonic speeds. In the latest episode now out on YouTube, Dan “Hashi” Hashimoto, the Action Movie Dad, takes viewers through the paces of adding lightning-fast speed to their characters. Viewers will learn about 3D, compositing, color correction, and how to create cool looking VFX – like crackling electricity, particle-based dust, glowing light streaks and much more.
“There are some awesome key things that I think really help sell the speed of a character. There’s smearing of the character, graphic trails, bonus elements like glows and electricity, environmental effects like dust getting kicked up and displacement ripples,” Hashi explains. “Usually you film someone doing a regular action and then speed it up in post, but there are a few things that you can do to make your fast forwarded performance look just a little bit better.”
Hashi demonstrates exactly how to make those graphics look better with different techniques and approaches to adding speed, like using opacity to blend frames together, or alternatively, using optical flow to generate new unique frames – thus creating motion trails that give the effect of super human speed. Employing the Red Giant toolset, Hashi uses Trapcode Particular for creating effects like dust trails and sonic booms, emulating the effects that are seen in real life with fast moving objects.
The full set of tools used includes:
Download the project files for “Sonic the Hedgehog” on the Red Giant tutorial page.
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