Zombie Speed Run VFX - After Effects Tutorial

User avatarDecember 20, 2012 by Surfaced Studio
In my last YouTube tutorial I showed you how to create the aggressive horror zombie speed run effect from our Zombie Hunter VFX short film.

If you have missed it, you can watch it here:

Zombie Apocalypse After Effects VFX Tutorial - Behind The Scenes

Here is the promised detailed blog tutorial of how I created this zombie effect in Adobe After Effects

The Final Effect

As you can see from this frame from our zombie hunter short film, the effect adds a dark, super human speed effect to the zombie.

This helps portrait the zombie WAY more dangerous than your average zombie-shuffle variety

Preparing the Footage

We filmed
Celina from Fables In Fashion playing the zombie, getting up and racing from side to side through the scene while I slowly follow her movement with my gun, pretending to not be able to keep up with her speed.

We should actually have filmed the scene twice!

  • Once just with Celina in the scene
  • Once just with me in the scene
  • While it seemed like a good idea at the time, simply speeding up the clip made my movement seem jerky and unnatural. And I wanted my movement to seem natural so that the incredible speed of the zombie seemed super human by contrast.

    So I spent a bit of time cleaning up the shot and removing myself from the scene using a clean plate (an image of the scene without anyone in the shot) and some masking

    Let's tweak the timing of the footage to give the zombie some more speed!

    User avatar
    6 Years Ago
    December 21, 2012 @ 13:54 am


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    sana singh
    6 Years Ago
    December 22, 2012 @ 5:22 pm


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    Phyu Phway
    5 Years Ago
    September 29, 2013 @ 7:56 pm

    very good

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    vu manh tru
    5 Years Ago
    April 13, 2014 @ 13:44 am

    thank you .good .......my like

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