There's nothing worse than watching a low-budget thriller reach its climax and, quite literally, blow it as its hero is tragically defeated by an invisible bullet. Anything—especially cheap VFX—that takes your audience out of the moment could serve to bring your film into disrepute in its entirety. 

That's why software company Rampant Design has partnered with the creators of the popular YouTube DIY filmmaking channel, Film Riot, and the founder of Triune Films to develop a series of easy weapon VFX (which they have deemed Rampant Style Effects) for you to play around with in post-production.

To get a better idea of what these VFX will help you accomplish, take a look at the video below:

The first of the series is called “Muzzle Flash & Smoke” and includes a collection of 205 muzzle and smoke elements and over 150 real drag and drop muzzle effects for your action film. From the site:

Each Style Effect in the collection is shot on RED cinema cameras in 5k, presenting filmmakers with hundreds of options to easily add ultra high quality, realistic organic effects into their sequences.

These VFX include:

Gun_individual-product-large3b_large_0Muzzle Flash from "Muzzle Flash & Smoke"

  • 47 automatic files
  • 107 single shot files
  • Includes sideways and head on shots

Weapons VFX include:

  • Smith & Wesson Model 500
  • Heizer
  • Colt Combat Commander
  • Smith & Wesson M&P
  • AR-15
  • Mini-14
  • F&N – PS 90
  • Remington 1100 Shotgun
  • Glock 21-C
  • Sig Sauer P20RS
  • Springfield XD 45
  • Kel-Tec PLR-16

Ammo VFX include:

  • .50 cal
  • .223 cal
  • .45 cal
  • 9mm
  • 5.7 cal
  • 12 gauge
  • 5.56mm

Rampant’s Style Effects are platform agnostic, meaning they work with every editing suite application out there, from Final Cut Pro to Premiere Pro and even Media 100. The entire Muzzle Flash & Smoke package is $59.50 and can be purchased here.