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  • Realistic bullet hole in wood

    Posted by Eureka! on December 19, 2007 at 7:25 am

    Hey,
    I’m trying to create the effect of someone shooting through a wall and we see the bullet hole in a wooden wall. Something that looks realistic would be great, I have tried painting one in photoshop but I’m not much of and artist so the results are a little disapointiong. Remember in the first few minutes of Live Free or Die Hard the fight scene in the apartment, the guy is shooting around the room and we see bullet holes everywere that look photo-realistic. Maybe this has to be done with practical effects.

    Any help would be great,
    Greg

    Don Chandler replied 14 years, 10 months ago 6 Members · 5 Replies
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  • Alfonso Gamez jordano

    December 19, 2007 at 4:05 pm

    Look on google images for bullet holes 😉

  • Topher Welsh

    December 19, 2007 at 7:13 pm

    yeah I would also say google images and then just recolor it and everything in either PS or AE to match your scene.

  • Steve Boultbee

    December 19, 2007 at 7:55 pm

    Artbeats has some stock footage of bullet holes in wood. Of course, it’s not free.

  • Darby Edelen

    December 19, 2007 at 10:52 pm

    [Eureka!] “the guy is shooting around the room and we see bullet holes everywere that look photo-realistic. Maybe this has to be done with practical effects. “

    It doesn’t have to be done with practical effects, but it will look much better if it is!

    Even if squibs aren’t an option, throwing some dust & debris around can do wonders for increasing the realism of a gunfight.

    That said, you should look at reference footage closely to try and recreate this effect. Wood will splinter to some degree (so a shatter effect might help) it’ll also throw some smaller pieces of wood into the air (so a particle system might help) and it will, of course, leave a mark on the surface (tracking a mark onto the surface with a corner pin might handle this).

    Darby Edelen
    Designer
    Left Coast Digital
    Santa Cruz, CA

  • Don Chandler

    May 6, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    I take it that shooting actual bullets through the wood is not an option for some reason? usually the simplest soulutions have the most realistic results. 🙂

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