April 26, 2016

How to Pull Off the 'Invisible Man' Effect (The 'Predator' One, Not the Kevin Bacon One)

Invisible men. No, not like the one in Hollow Man, though Kevin Bacon has never terrified us more than in that movie. I'm talking about the one you saw (or didn't) in Predator.

Technically, Predators aren't men, they're trophy-hunting extraterrestrial species with bomb ass dreads. At any rate, the guys over at Film Riot have shared a tutorial that shows you how to create this "indivisible man" effect in After Effects. Check it out.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyYSvsZYeNk

This tutorial isn't too complicated, though it probably does require you to know at least a little bit about keying and masking in After Effects (or your program of choice). But hey, let's not get ahead of ourselves. You're going to have to green/blue screen this sucker.

This is something Film Riot doesn't go into detail in this particular video (though they have before), so let's talk about what you have to do In order to pull off a good key. Of course, probably the most important thing to keep in mind when keying is lighting. Make sure to light evenly and pull your subject as far away from the green/blue screen as you can to avoid any shadow or spill. You'll also want to make sure your screen is wrinkle-free and is also the right color for what you need, be it green or blue. In the end, if you get a one-click key, you're pretty much golden. If in doubt, you can always bone up on chroma keying, a subject that we've dug into quite a bit here and here and here

Once you've properly keyed your subject, the Film Riot tutorial can take you the rest of the way! (Also, if you've never seen Hollow Man, please see it so we can talk about how uncomfortable Kevin Bacon's synthetic skin made us feel down in the comments.)

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This is awesome, but I have better way. Just don't do anything if the man is invisible haha!

April 26, 2016 at 5:44AM

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But Film Riot's way works great if you're going for the Predator or Ghost in the Shell thermoptic look.

April 26, 2016 at 10:36AM, Edited April 26, 10:37AM

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I love how you film at 30 fps but talk at 15 fps...

April 26, 2016 at 12:23PM

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Mike Hutchinson
Sound Designer/Translator (Dutch to English)
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Film Riots videos seem to get more obnoxious each time i watch one. So much sponsor crap and dumb little interludes. I had to turn it off the 5th time the green man started dancing. And someone needs to tell the host that they don't make micro machines anymore so he can stop practicing to be the next spokesman.

April 27, 2016 at 1:57AM

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Kaster Troy
Director, DP, Editor
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All the sponsoring helps pay his bills and support his career and his family. Man has got to eat, just like everyone else.

April 28, 2016 at 10:33AM

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Nicholas Ortiz
Director/Writer/Stuntman
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Unfortunately, I had to sign up to say how sad this is. Its an "attempt" at comedy, masked in sponsorship and dotted with speedy, useless tutorial information.

Sad, just sad.

April 30, 2016 at 8:23PM

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I assume that you are dong something much better than this? Please share!

May 1, 2016 at 11:57AM

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Lane McCall
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