A terrible video shows how impressive VFX can be.
An uncredited video of a failed back flip went viral this week on Twitter and garnered more than 170,000 likes. In it, a man in stilettos tries to set back, but when his heels touch the ground again, his body crumbles into sticky, fleshy pieces.
It is disturbing, disgusting and absolutely fascinating to look at.
The original video is a collaboration between Shutter Authority, an Instagram account of VFX artist Raghav Anil Kumar, and stunt YouTuber Jiemba Sands.
"It will certainly be terrible to see a person shattered into pieces," Anil Kumar said in an Instagram DM to Mashable. "But the way the pieces fall apart is more cardboard, much like what we saw in Looney Tunes and Tom and Jerry. "
Anil Kumar noted that Sands & # 39; The content is usually surprising, like when it gracefully stumbles over a tree trunk or falls off a branch, but still lands on its feet.
"My goal was to improve the levels in both aspects and I think the idea worked." "Said Anil Kumar." I tried to challenge myself to make something unexpected even more unexpected, and Jiemba's content fitted in perfectly. "
It clearly worked ̵
I've seen it 15 times and still get taken back each time.
– Kiss my fat ashes (@Tobi_Is_Fab) February 19, 2020
Anil Kumar learned VFX from YouTube tutorials While he has always been interested in special effects – he started playing video editing on his family 's computer in 2004 – he attributes to the video platform that he actually taught him how to edit it.
"I was already a child always interested in filmmaking and VFX before YouTube, "said Anil Kumar." But YouTube has certainly made it easier to learn something in the past decade and a half. "
In a video behind the scenes Anil Kumar gave followers step-by-step instructions on how to create their own bloody VFX. Using Adobe After Effects and Blender, he created a three-dimensional model of Sands as if his toes had touched the floor. Then he animated the crumbling. After some improvements, Anil Kumar Sands deleted the original video and replaced it with the model.
He said the whole process "took a couple of hours to actually create it" and then another "a few hours" to optimize and perfect it.
He advises prospective VFX artists to keep practicing.
"At some point, it's difficult to find tutorials that actually teach you what you're looking for," said Anil Kumar. "Then we have to apply ourselves and everything we've learned to create something that represents our vision."
So keep going, and one day you can scare the internet off with stunning special effects.