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Halo Jump

Halo Jump

Ready to create your first action short? In this filmmaking masterclass we'll clone your soldiers and make them fly in our homage to the Godzilla HALO Jump scene.

By Javert Valbarr

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Javert Valbarr

Javert Valbarr

Discovering HitFilm at the age of 15 changed my life; it gave me an outlet where I felt truly inspired to create content. Today, I strive to push HitFilm's capabilities as well as my own, and pass that knowledge on to our already talented users.

Enter the belly of the beast

The city has fallen. It’s time to bring out the big guns. Dive to the depths of the monster pit armed with the most powerful editing, compositing, and VFX software: HitFilm Pro. Follow along with this Halo Jump VFX tutorial as we show you how we created the iconic action scene from Godzilla.


How to film a halo jump sequence

You don’t need wings to fly. Just a lot of wires and a willing stunt artist. Learn how to fall down to the fiery depths of hell (and still live to make a movie about it).

Want to recreate the iconic HALO Jump sequence without breaking the bank or leaving the ground? We got you. In this Halo Jump VFX tutorial, we’ll harness the power of masking, smoke, and lighting effects, and learn how to make someone fly with green screen (or blue screen).


Building the perfect storm

Hurl lightning, summon storm clouds and revel in the X-ability you’ve always wanted. Here we’ll show how to create tense atmospheres with the full range of weather effects.

Create your own apocalyptic skyline with HitFilm Pro’s smoke particle field and lightning effects. Intensify somber shots with dark, ominous clouds or make lightning bolts burst through the dark for an extra-chilling effect. Want to add a tiny glimmer of hope? Use lighting effects to give that cumulonimbus a silver lining.


Clone your actors to cover more ground

Expand the possibilities of short film ideas for just one actor. You won’t have to search far and wide for extras to star in your blockbuster hit.

Creating the most iconic and believable squad of soldiers is a mix of on-set tricks and VFX magic. Firstly, precision in pre-production is key – so lock off the camera, split the screen, and watch your one-person army become four with the power of mask cloning. Once you have the cloning nailed, blur the lines of symmetry with masking tools, and have your soldiers quaking in their boots by applying a realistic camera shake effect.


Creating realistic composites on a large scale

Some Hollywood blockbusters are just smoke and mirrors. Here we pull back the curtain on all the VFX tricks used to turn gargantuan fictions into believable action scenes.

You got your 3D models, 2D actors and one powerful piece of software. Now, it’s time to put it all together. Let Calvin Serrano show you how to composite this complex HALO Jump shot (feat. a 3D C-130 Hercules Airplane model) with simple mirror reflections, lighting effects and realistic smoke distortions.


Peek behind the scenes

Giant blue screens, military-grade airplanes, and some impressive core-strengthening suspension from our stuntman– find out what it took to get HALO Jump off the ground.

Note: No prehistoric monsters were harmed in the making of the film.

Javert Valbarr

Javert Valbarr

Discovering HitFilm at the age of 15 changed my life; it gave me an outlet where I felt truly inspired to create content. Today, I strive to push HitFilm's capabilities as well as my own, and pass that knowledge on to our already talented users.

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