2 months ago
Turns out it's not magic, just some old school green screen and composting! Enjoy this short VFX breakdown of the car shot from my vlog. If you want to read in depth of what I did it'll be down below, if not then see ya soon my dudes!
Step 1: Originally we had two options for filming. Film outside with real rain on the window but that would make the key incredibly hard so we opted for the second option which was film in the garage with the windows rolled down. The plate we filmed was still increidbly hard to key since the greenscreen was hella dark and it was lit by pretty much the lights lighting me (ended up rotoing). Shoutouts to @zeekhan__ and riley.gray.vfx for the filming help.
Step 2: I had to build a background that would have some what of a parrallax and some what interact with my face. The background consists of 5 different building images just passing by (keyframed the position from left to right). I added neon signs from texture.com that was animted left to right but at a slower pace, that way it gives some seperation from the background buildings. I also had to time building lights and neon lights to the actual light that was shined on my face on set to really sell the passing of light. I added some motion blur and defocus and vwalla! we have a background!
Step 3: Composited the two plates ontop of each other.
Step 4: Using rain elements I found online, I multiplied it overtop so that way we get the color from the background in the rain drops on the window.
Step 5: I did the exact same technique but for foreground rain.
Step 6: I then added more elements I found online. This time it was snow. I multiplied the speed, added motionblur and turned it 90 degrees.
Step 7: For the reflection, I took the same neon signs from the background and animated it from left to right except when it passes by a certain area it gets warped to the shape of the window.