If you don’t have the budget to shoot a film like “Interstellar” or “Gravity” there is no need to worry. Joey Shanks reveals that the use of bubbles opens the door to a wide world of possibilities. In his series of instructional videos, produced in associated with PBS Digital Studios, Shanks shares the secrets to his homemade special effects with fellow DIY filmmakers.
Shanks adds another lesson to his existing course load. When it comes to films set in outer space, check out his videos on the illusion of gravity and his recreation of “Insterstellar’s” black hole. In his latest video, he creates bubble prism planets. They reflect the basic colors of the Cosmos and with the wavy appearance set against the right backdrop you can capture a makeshift planet.
“The best way to see this first hand is to get a large soft light to put the bubble in front of. A diffused sky works the best, but using large soft boxes with bounce cards and white fabric will create similar results,” he explains on Shanks FX YouTube page.