New Footage from Detonation Films – including a freebie

Ok, folks, if you’ve been here before you know about Detonation films, if you haven’t, you have to check them out.

In simple terms, if you want to blow stuff up in your movies, you NEED to check their site out. They have all manner of pre-keyed explosion footage so you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg (literally) to blow up your actors!

And, if you sign up for their mailing list, you get these cool freebies they always post, like the one at the bottom of this post… what are you waiting for? 😉

“Greetings, brilliant and unappreciated people at their computers!

Lot of stuff to announce but a short letter because Bob made the mistake of actually going outside and interacting with other human beings recently (a mistake which he knows none of YOU make) and as a result he caught That Bug That Is Going Around and is too congested to be clever at the moment.  Let this be a lesson to you all to never leave your parent’s basement.

All this new stuff is pre-keyed.  Generally Bob disapproves of pre-keying because he feels it leads to Lazy Filmmaking; properly speaking, a composited explosion will still require sizing and distortion, building a shadow layer, cast highlights on nearby objects, reflections on shiny surfaces, and color correction.  If you’re going to do all that, the actual key is really not that much work and frankly looks better.  But, since it turns out that the new iMovie11 can use pre-keyed footage but apparently doesn’t key very well by itself, he’s willing to give novice compositors a little assistance to help get them hooked.

So, in HD, we’ve added (in both 24p and 30p versions):

Pre-Keyed Blastwaves (Fire & White Smoke)

Pre-Keyed Blastwaves (Dirt)

Pre-Keyed Bullet Dirt Hits

Pre-Keyed Bullet Wall Hits

Pre-Keyed Muzzle Flashes

Pre-Keyed Bullet Holes

And of course all the same things can be found in DV on the DV site.

As always, a freebie — a pre-keyed bullet hole for you to try out in full HD resolution!  So you keep making your movies, and we’ll keep blowing stuff up!  (After we get over this cold.)