Ideas! (creating car crash scene for video)

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by m3gau, Jun 7, 2007.

  1. m3gau macrumors member

    Feb 21, 2007
    In my latest short film i need to have a car crash but i'm not sure how best to do it. Obviously i can't have the car actually crash so what would be a good way of faking it we don't need to see it on screen but its got to be fairly convincing afterwards? Also i have basically no budget.

    Thanks for any ideas or thoughts
  2. Mydriasis macrumors 6502


    Mar 17, 2005
    Sound effects, shaking camera, maybe on the inside of the car, the actors could simulate being jolted forward. Check out Automobile Crash FX 01 in Soundtrack Pro.

    Or dont show it at all! Just show the implied crash, do a freeze frame and go into narration.
  3. diamond3 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 6, 2005
    Well, I don't know what you are going for, what software you have or how much time you want to spend. I just watched something on the chroma keyer thing yesterday, so I wondered...

    Place a camera in the car and say you want the car to roll over. So, you get the people in the car and setup how you want everyone to act and then you record it. Here is where the chroma feature things comes in that I dunno if it would work, but could you put green paper in the windows of the car, then take video outside a way from the car and roll (actually roll the camera to create the effect) shooting nothing but the background. Then in FCP make that video superimpose over the original shot on the green paper using the chroma keyer thing. This might be a stretch, but it would look cool.

    If not this, then just show the driver getting all scared and thrown around without actually showing the car. Then just adjust the speed of the video to create the desired effect. Maybe after the wreck you could muffle the sound and show the person in a bit of shock etc.
  4. m3gau thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 21, 2007
    Cool thanks for the ideas guys. Some good ones. I'll give some of them a go. Any more people come up with will be welcome!
  5. Peel macrumors 6502a


    Aug 30, 2004
    I made a movie in high school where the main character drove his car into a brick wall. To achieve this we mounted the camera on the car, and drove toward the wall, at a speed of about 5mph. Then as the driver came to a stop(about 5 feet from the wall) the cameraman zoomed in. It took about 4 shots to get the stopping/zooming timing down. Then edited the footage so that every 10th frame was used, so it looked like we were traveling 50mph, and faded to white just as the camera was zooming into the wall. To this we added foley of a revving engine and crash sound, but the crash sound faded out as the video faded to white. The white screen stayed for about 3-4 seconds while an airy, etherial sound was added to the sound track. Everyone who screened it said it was quite effective at letting them know that the main character had just died in the car crash.
  6. virus1 macrumors 65816


    Jun 24, 2004
    Side view, camera about two feet from the ground. Have the two cars drive by eachother, perpendicular to the camera direction. Make sure the ground is not in the shot, and cut before you see them pass. You can do this at a real slow speed and speed it up later as well.
  7. TheAnswer macrumors 68030


    Jan 25, 2002
    Orange County, CA
    This works best with Brigitte Bardot, Jack Palance, and a convertible.

    Show them either pulling away from a gas station, or passing someone and hold the action there. Crash happens off-screen, usual sound effects. Slow crane or tracking shot to reveal the crash, a little cracked glass, a little smoke under the hood and a mangled body or two and that's it.

    Added bonus is that if you pull it off well then it's an homage (if you don't then you're just a copycat).
  8. trudd macrumors regular


    May 27, 2004

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