December 17, 2014 at 9:21PM

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Bullet impacts on tree branches and other inanimate objects

If you watch any good war movie that has scenes set in forest or jungle, you will invariably see a firefight where bullets are whipping through the trees, moving branches and thudding into bark. I know that impacts on people usually use some of of squib. Do they do the same for tree branches and the like? Does anyone have any DIY tips for simulating bullet impacts in a forest?

BTW, I feel as though there should be a "Special/Practical Effects" topic on this board.

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I find any info about what the pros (or amateurs) do surprisingly difficult to find online. I may just be using the wrong search terms.

December 17, 2014 at 9:25PM

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I haven't tried it yet, but I have a friend who did this for a film that he was working on.
Basically he took small firecrackers, drilled a hole in the tree and used an electronic igniter to fire them. It looked really amazing.

December 26, 2014 at 3:40AM

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Dominik Belancic
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That's pretty sweet, thanks! Now I just need to find a way to snap branches and foilage as though bullets are whizzing through

January 2, 2015 at 2:10PM, Edited January 2, 2:10PM

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Some sort of special paintball rounds are sometimes used for this.

October 23, 2016 at 1:16PM

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Gareth Ng
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