I'm fucking psyched! I got some footage of Mr. Z and his new friend engaging in a light saber duel (c'mon... get your minds out of the gutter!) and it turned out great. In order to preserve their anonymity, I shot them in silhouette in front of the window in the living room.
Okay, so it's not the greatest shot in the world, but it gets WAY better. I took a little video with my digital camera and got a short movie of the battle. Then I went on the internets and found me a fucking INCREDIBLE, FREE effects app called LSMaker to do me a little post-production on the clip. It was pretty easy to figure out and before long, I was makin' me some movie magic. Here's what I managed to crap out in about an hour and a half:
I'm still cracking the fuck up every time I watch it. It's hilarious because they were so busy dancing around and spazzin', they hardly even hit their sabers together. I tried to add some sparks when they got close, and my favorite part are the sparks I added when his friend hits the saber on Mr. Z's foot. Hilarious. Now all I have to do is find me some SFX and this thing will be golden.
I love that this sort of effect probably took a year for the original Star Wars movie, and now Johnny Moron here is pulling it off in a couple of hours. Industrial Light and Magic -- I am for hire.
It's killing me!