TIPS when using SMOKE in your FILMS

TIPS when using SMOKE in your FILMS


-Yannick is making it complicated again.
[Cinecom intro music]
Today’s video is sponsored
by Rocketstock’s Fume.
A premium video pack with more
than 150 smoke effects…
…in various styles.
We’ll have a look today at several tips
for using an actual smoke machine,
but you’ll see that post-production
smoke can be a great addition too.
In some cases, you can only
use post production smoke…
…and we’ll share some tips
around that as well.
And to make it accessible
to everyone,
Rocketstock allowed me to share some
smoke effects for free with you guys.
You can find a link to it in
the description below…
…and to find out more
about the actual pack…
…you can click in the very first
link of the description.
-So, this right here is a smoke machine
that we’ll be working with today.
It’s a very cheap and very
basic smoke machine,
it costed me about $20 or $30,
I’m not sure anymore.
But anyways, with some creativity
and the tips from this video,
we can turn this into a great
smoke machine.
Smoke machines produce heat
and warm air rises.
That’s why we have to find
a way to cool it down…
…in order to make the smoke
flow over the ground.
And this is actually pretty cool
for scary films…
…such as at a graveyard.
[Music]
-So, Yannick is a genius.
He’s testing right now if his tomb
stones will stay standing.
-No, they’re not.
[Jordy] -They’re not standing.
-Stay away. Stay away!
-So, the first idea is to create
kind of this graveyard scene…
…where we have very low
smoke to the ground.
For the smoke to cool down, we
filled up a long tube with ice.
And that way the smoke has
to travel a bit through that ice…
…so that it can cool down.
Then you wanna place the tube
against the smoke machine,
but don’t tape it.
The blower can get pretty hot and
my smoke machine sucked air…
…from that point as well.
Once you have everything
in place, you’ll notice…
…that the smoke comes out
floating over the ground.
Very cool effect!
Your spread is not as much
of course, and…
…when the smoke gets warmed up again
it goes into the air very fast.
And that’s why you also wanna
be careful running around…
…as that could create wind.
You’ll notice in our shot that not everything
was covered well with the smoke.
So we where able to fix that…
…with some post production smoke
from the Fume pack.
A great way to fix certain scenes
or to cover up mistakes.
While post-production smoke is
absolutely not the same as real smoke,
it does give you more freedom over
where you want the smoke to appear.
Next up are smoke modifiers
or guiders.
There’re various things
that you could do,
Yannick is going to demonstrate
one idea to create a smoke curtain.
-So, the next idea is to
modify this PVC tube.
We’re gonna drill some holes and
create a smoke curtain.
First I’m gonna stick the hole.
Step two: drill holes.
Step three: put everything in place.
Step four…
…wait for the Ready
light to turn on.
[Music level increases]
-Ta da!
Also here we added some post-production
smoke to fill up the space better.
By guiding the smoke in a certain direction
you can create some fun effects.
This could also be done
in a smaller scale.
-The next tip is to emphasise
the lights more,
and we’re going to do that by
creating an overall mist,
so not so much smoke.
And that way you can kinda
make the rays more visible,
you can kinda create
that dreamy look,
and we also did that, by the way,
in our horror film,
to make the rays of
the flashlights visible.
And you can create a more mist-like
feeling in your space…
…by blowing the smoke from your
smoke machine through a fan.
It’s that simple.
It’s important that you don’t see
the smoke anymore.
A fan helps to break the clouds
and spread it better in the room,
but you might need to
wave with something…
…to really break those thicker
packs apart.
Usually waiting a bit while walking
around in the room helps too.
Now, you can choose how much
of that fog you wanna have.
The more fog, the more visible
the light rays will be.
Lights will start to glow more,
contrast will get less and…
…the entire scene will appear
more dreamy.
And we also had the idea
to quickly recreate…
…the opening scene from
Kendrick Lamar’s Humble.
And by quickly I mean…
…we had to go with a costume that
we had laying around.
In the videoclip Humble,
from Kendrick Lamar…
…Kendrick himself is wearing
this kind of pope costume…
…in the beginning of that videoclip.
And Yannick is going to
play that role!
So we have a pope costume! Which is
actually just an old blanket.
-You have something in
your back, Yannick.
-Booooh!
-You’re not a ghost.
-You’re a stain man!
[Music level increases]
The next smokey tip is to
emphasize objects.
And this is usually done in
comedies. For example…
…if you wanna visualize that
it’s cold inside a freezer…
…you could first blow some
smoke in there.
As you open it up the smoke
comes out of the freezer,
emphasizing how cold it is.
The cool thing about the freezer is that
it will also cool down the smoke,
making it fall out
of the freezer.
-Ice cream!
The next time you’re making a comedy
skit about running fast,
fill up your shoes with
smoke first.
It does go away fast, so
you need to be quick.
-My feet are so hot!
Hot, hot, hot!
Or you can also use smoke
effects as a transition.
There’re definitely certain topics where
smoke transitions are really awesome.
[Music level increases]
And finally, if you wanna
bring photos to life,
adding smoke in the scene
is a great way to do that.
Here’s a picture I got off
from Shutterstock.
In photoshop I cut
out the factory…
…so that I could add a videoclip
of some clouds in the background.
To add even more motion into it
I used some plume effects…
…from the Rocketstock’s pack and
added it into the chimneys.
With some extra lighting effects, we
where able to bring the photo to life.
This is actually something
that I’ve done pretty often.
Definitely for clients who ask me
to add photos into a video that I’ve shot.
I’m not a fan of mixing
stills with video,
so this is a great way
to make that work.
Thank you Rocketstock for the support
and another amazing video pack.
Thank you Premiumbeat for the
music and most importantly…
…thank you behind that screen
for watching again.
And always remember:
stay creative!
-You wanna have a very
good spread,
and that you don’t see like
the fog “clothes”…
…fog “clothes” anymore… Clouds.
Fog clothes anym…
fog clothes…
Clouds! [Dutch cursing]
-You wanna spread…
-You wanna spread some smoke!
[Yannick laughing]

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