Army of Two

So you’re trying to create a big action sequence with LAPD SWAT but unfortunately Samuel L. Jackson is busy and you only have 2 costumes…

So, I’m currently exploring methods for integrating multiple takes of the same 2 actors, to make a scene more exciting. There are several methods for doing this kind of effect, such as keying or split-screen but I wanted to explore the new After Effects Roto-Brush and see how well it could work in difficult situations.

Creating a large army requires special considerations but in this case we just want to create the illusion of a 12-man swat team so it should be more manageable. We shot a little scene and we’ll see how it turns out after doing the work. I’ll post it here soon.

Basic Tips:

  • Keep costumes generic and similar, unique items will stand-out.
  • Change up accessories and weapons but keep track of changes
  • Plan the shots so you know what you need when shooting
  • Track where people are with markers so they don’t overlap

Be sure to check out Bloody Omaha to get some ideas on what is possible!

Sample Video

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