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The Movie
THE MOVIE
BEHIND THE SCENES
CAST & CREW
EXTRAS

SPECIAL FX TUTORIALS

TUTORIAL 1 : Creating Lightsabers with Adobe After Effects 3.0

    1. Part A : Animating Lightsaber ignition
    2. Part B : Rendering one Lightsaber in a shot
    3. Part C : Rendering two different Lightsabers in a shot
    4. Part D : Rendering the light flare when the Lightsabers connect
  • One of the most rewarding parts of a making a Star Wars movie is creating a convincing lightsaber on screen. After much toiling and experimentation with such programs as Media Studio Pro Video Paint 6.0, Autodesk Animator, and the cumbersome Adobe Photoshop, I found that Adobe After Effects produces the most believable and most efficient results. I did almost all the lightsaber in THE CURSE OF DARTH MAUL in Adobe After Effects 3.1. The others I created in Adobe Photoshop 5.0 and you can see the difference. Here is a comparative chart of Photoshop and After Effects.
  • I hope that it does not take much argument to convince you to use Adobe After Effects for your movie. Now chose a tutorial above that will help you complete your movie. Good Luck!