Adobe After Effects Car Hit Effect

User avatarSeptember 17, 2012 by Surfaced Studio

Watch me get hit by a car!

've had the idea for the intro to the 'how to get hit by a car' effects video in my head for a while and I'm pretty excited to finally getting it out. Learn how to create cool car hit effects in the latest Surfaced Studio YouTube tutorial

Adobe After Effects - How to get hit by a car VFX

Shooting the car hit

I recommend that you shoot this scene on a tripod. Unless you have an awesome stunt man you will likely need 2 shots to create this visual effect:

  • A shot of your actor walking to the spot where he will be hit by the car, then pretending to be hit by contorting his body accordingly.
  • A shot without your actor with nothing but the car driving through
VFX How to get hit by a car 01 - actor on street.jpg
VFX How to get hit by a car 02 - car driving through scene

You will make this effect a lot easier to create if you film this scene on a cloudy day without wind as you will avoid lighting and shadow changes as well as having to deal with swaying branches or other moving objects.

VFX How to get hit by a car 03 - align both clips
VFX How to get hit by a car 04 - lighting changes

Even though I have both of these issues in my shot I decided to go with it simply to show you how you can deal with these situations

Place your car clip on top of the one with the actor in it and align the two clips so the car arrives at just the right moment.

Now let's cut out the elements that we need to create the car hit effect in After Effects!

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3 Comments

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hassan
6 Years Ago
December 9, 2012 @ 5:40 pm

nice

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Levani
4 Years Ago
June 11, 2015 @ 9:50 pm

from where can I download video to practice this?

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mourad
4 Years Ago
November 3, 2015 @ 11:07 pm

thank you very much bro

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