Mike Goes Boom!

Hi everyone, I wanted to see if I could make someone explode ( as you do) through being struck by lightning with visual effects. This is the result. Warning, it is gory. Fake, but gory. My wife suggested I add the disclaimer beforehand incase I offend anyone. Some of you are probably asking,  Umm why make this? … and the answer is, just cause I wanted to 🙂

To give you an idea, below is a still frame from the original video pre-composited. We replaced the sky in the background with a photograph we found of some storm clouds and added the CGI rain, lightning basically everything else using Adobe  After Effects. There are approx 30 individual layers that make up the final composition. Not to mention the 15 or so other layers that have the various sound effects used to create the storm, thunder clap, wind, initial strike, explosion and blood splatters. I actually used a ‘Ghostbusters proton pack turning on’ sound wave to simulate the build up from 1st strike to explosion. Fit rather well.

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Cutting E.D.G.E. Cypher

We shot this little music video last year. It was super low budget, in fact so low there wasn’t one. Decided to shoot in black and white to emulate one of my all time favorite hip hop video’s  (which, BE WARNED does contains explicit lyrics) ‘Jay-Z’s ’99 Problems‘. We also chose black and white because it adds a certain production value. Added some old film scratches and dust and presto.

The entire video is one continuous take. We got it on the second attempt. The sun was setting quick so we were on a time crunch but we got it in the end and everyone was happy with the end result.



Time Lapse of Carrie Bennett’s ‘Flight’ entry at the Lake Worth Street Painting Festival.

Here is a time lapse we shot on Saturday at the Lake Worth Street Painting Festival. Basically once a year the city of Lake Worth closes off a few streets for the weekend and lets the artists have at it.  I shot the time lapse using a Panasonic HVX 200A,  the camera captured 1 frame every 5 seconds. The frame rate was set to 30 fps (frames per second). I love shooting time lapse it’s such a beautiful medium, watching as the sun moves through the sky really brings the shadows to life. Hope you all enjoy.  Leave your comments.

The music featured in the video is the new U2 song “Invisible (Red)” which is available here on iTunes. It’s SUCH a good song and really flowed with the style of the video.

There were so many incredible artists show casing their talent over the weekend. This years festival followed a ‘Movies’ theme. Below are just a few of the amazing pieces. Remember it’s chalk on concrete and you won’t believe some of the amazing 3D pieces that were there. Like this incredible floating X-Wing below.x wing lake worth

Cary Grant & Deborah Kerr from the film “An Affair To Remember”.

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Dick Dastardly famous for tying blondes to railway tracks.

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The iconic image from the 1902 film “A Trip To The Moon”.

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Robert Downey Jnr.  aka Sherlock Holmes with Jude Law & Rachel McAdams

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Actress Hedy Lamar

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One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

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‘Flight’ from Carrie Bennett.

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If you would like to see more images here is a newspaper article the Sun Sentinel wrote about the festival. It features the chalk painting shown in the video as well as the general atmosphere of the weekend.