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Lighting hacks: filmmaking on an Ikea budget


David F. Sandberg's short movie 'Not so fast' was shot on a budget. In this making of video he shows us how he achieved his effects and also how he used Blender.

The special effects from the latest Hollywood blockbusters usually takes millions of dollars to create. From the production crew to the actors to the lighting, sound, etc. it takes a village to create the finished product you pay $12 see on the big screen. As an independent filmmaker though, you don’t always have the million dollar budget at your disposal. After pay a few thousand for your gear, you maybe have enough left in your filmmaking budget for a few slices of pizza.

About Author

Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-) I also run the Blender Artists forum and I'm Head of Community at Sketchfab.


  1. S-Farantopoulos on

    Neat. It's great to see handmade tools used in films. Also these "behind the scenes" can teach a lot of different techniques for shooting, editing, VFXing (?) .
    P.S Who could also use blender for the montage. Maybe we could see a nice color correction tutorial.

  2. i was surpriced when you showed the hallway was blender, i think its great, its not only blender that causes realism its the whole thing sound light face expression and video technique that together makes good CG and good movies.

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