How to add sub-dermal lightning to a character

So, I'm basing this idea off of a scene from Avengers: Endgame. So major spoiler warning.

At 38 seconds in the clip you can see lightning traveling up Tony's suit, neck, and face.

How could I recreate that effect in Hitfilm? That sub-dermal lightning.


  • Triem23Triem23 Moderator

    Basically this.

    Except the "veins" (Lightning) will be all the additive stuff and the fractal noise will become the matte. 

    It's really going to all be about getting the colors right. 

  • @Triem23 so it's essentially, at its most basic explanation, a tracked texture and lighting?

  • Triem23Triem23 Moderator


    As you continue through your experimentation, you'll more and more realize how many effects are really variations of the same dozen tricks! 

  • @Triem23 I've definitely been noticing that!

    Half of all the effects I need to do are just track a texture over it.

  • edited October 2019

    I had to Google to find this again. (cheek glow veins VFX) My memory thought it was a Film Riot, but it was a Kramer.

    If you can translate AE tutorials then this is applicable. It is doing just the same thing but it goes into more detail about giving the illusion of depth with multiple blended textures with blurs on some.

    So same technique. Just the devil in the details.

  • Triem23Triem23 Moderator

    @NormanPCN I almost linked that one in, but Red Alert's video is the same technique already adapted to Hitfilm.

    That said, @HeySiri I think Andrew Kramer's is a bit more advanced on the tracking tips, and Kramer did build up a couple more layers of depth. 

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