Here in the Big Apple, judging by the amount of advertisements I’m seeing for pumpkin spice lattes, I’d say that fall has officially arrived. And that means Halloween is just around the corner.
At Vimeo Video School, we understand that making those cute little ghosts out of tissues and cotton balls, crafting an elaborate costume out of egg cartons, or carving Donald Trump’s face into a pumpkin isn’t for everyone. So if making a spooky movie that’ll make your friends shriek in their seats is more your bag of candy, then boy have we got some tricky treats for you.
Over the past few years, my creepy colleagues have concocted a cauldron of spooky tutorial videos to help you make horror movie magic. Hopefully this gets the creative juices flowing — and the blood spewing!
Several full moons ago, we had our friend Francis McDonald stop by the office to make a prosthetic mask of our video editor Derek’s face. You know, just a normal day in the office. Stream below and read this lesson to learn how Francis wielded his powers of prosthesis to give Derek a snarling snout:
We then used that mask in a short video in which Derek ripped senior project manager Melissa’s face off. Again, standard office protocol. Bludgeon your eyeballs with the video, then throw them at this lesson to learn how our former video editor Bill fabricated the fleshy offense in After Effects:
Next up, join associate engineer Matt on a double-header tour of spooky special-effects. A few years back, he turned Vimeo alum Dan into a ghost, then Dan shot him, and then Matt turned into a zombie. To learn how all this was achieved on the cheap, puncture two fang-like holes into this video and suck hard on this lesson:
In “Scary Special Effects Part Boo” (see what we did there?), Matt comes back from the (un)dead to give Dan a demon voice, provide Derek's mirror reflection with a mind of its own, and bequeath a set of spooky eyes (no, not smokey eyes!) to Sam, our creator relations lead, a la the classic music video masterpiece “Thriller.” To learn how they pulled this off, cast your mummified gaze below then amble slowly with your arms outstretched towards the lesson:
Last but not least, several witch hunts back our former colleague Champ wrote up an excellent post you should devour, which covers tips on everything from sound design to camera movement to lighting and composition, all of which you should take into consideration when making your next truly terrifying flick.
By now your metaphorical pillowcase of movie-making knowledge should be full of tricks and treats. Go forth and film something frightening (and don't forget to floss!). When you're finished, add your masterpiece to the Halloween Group.