Bloody Screen: Creating the Effect, the Easy Way

If you’ve lived on the planet earth the past decade and have heard of video games, then you have probably heard of the First Person Shooter genre (Call of Duty, or Battlefield for instance) and the trademark “bloody screen” effect that shows whenever your character gets hurt. Now if you think about it, this effect is a little odd- as it basically would be the equivalent of bleeding profusely from your eyes whenever you get shot or cut. But despite it’s weirdness and counter-intuitive qualities, it makes sense to us- and also works quite well.

Imagine your eyes bleeding like this everytime you got hurt in any part of your body. It wouldn’t be pretty, but then again, you probably wouldn’t be able to see it.

However, despite how inappropriate it is for when you get shot in the chest or in the leg, it is obviously appropriate for when you get blood in your eyes. Which is why we tried to replicate the effect in one scene.

Obviously, the scene in mind was one in which one of our characters had blood thrown in their eyes. The simple answer to get the effect was to just spit directly onto the camera. But anyone who has owned mildly expensive camera equipment would be able to tell you that camera equipment is not the short of cheap durable and disposable item that you can throw detergent-based fake blood (i’ll explain in another post) on without massive repercussions.

So we went with plan B: Find a glass or plastic pane and use it as a sort of splash shield. Luckily we have a massive list of supplies in the warehouse we were filming in, unluckily we needed to clean them off and remove any scratches that were on the pane using our rather useless.

Side Rant: You know those “plastic cleaner” pads that come with plastic cases? No? Well, good. They are worthless. Seriously, I don’t know if it was the ones that we had or what, but for something that is meant to “clean, fix scratches, polish and buff plastic” it’s never failed so hard on so many levels. Polishing the dirty screen with those wipes was like rubbing coarse sandpaper over a chipped window, each wipe caused more scratches than it fixed (this was post wash cloth), it smeared the screen more than it polished it, and it clearly didn’t make it cleaner. I was on the verge of punching my fist through the pane of glass before we found the miracle-fix in the windex  and made things better again. /Rant.

Here are some shots of the aftermath:

We ghetto-ed it out. It resembles an old fashioned camera set up. All we need now is the phosphorus lamps.

Bloody Screen.


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