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1. An old rigid frame backpack. (I got mine at a flee market for $7 dollars.)
2. A fire extinguisher. (Only needed if you want the blast off smoke)
3. A green screen. (check out the Quick Tip at the end of Episode #1)
4. Spray Paint (Whatever colors you want! I used flat black, chrome and primer gray)
5. Some epoxy.
6. Nuts and bolt. (Check the junk drawer in the kitchen.)
7. F.A.A. flight permission.
8. 45 degree PVC joint (1/2" diameter) (Only needed if you want the blast off smoke)
9. 1.90 degree PVC joint (1/4" diameter) (Only needed if you want the blast off smoke)
10. 1/2" rubber grommet. (Only needed if you want the blast off smoke)
11. A bunch of plastic junk! (This is where the real creativity comes in. Go to a Junk store or garage sale and just look for stuff that might look good as jet pack parts.)
Here's what I used:
- 2 cardboard tubes
- A plastic paper tray (that sits on a desk)
- A plastic paper tray (that mounts to the wall)
- An old cartridge from a slide projector. 2 plastic file dividers. (kind of look like bookends)
- 2 plastic hide-a-key compartments with hinged tops. (I mounted the other junk to this so I could lift up the shell and have access to the fire extinguisher.)
- Some wire mesh I got at an art store.
- A "danger flammable liquid" sticker I got from my friend who works at my local hardware store. (Thanks Elizabeth!)
Step 1: Cut the Frame
Step 2: Hide a Key Box
Step 3: The Paper Trays
Step 4: Jetpack Wings
Step 5: Ready to Paint
Step 6: Adding Cardboard Tubes
Lastly, I added some steel mesh I had laying around (from a previous project) to part of the frame using a hot glue gun.
Step 7: The Fire Extinguisher
Step 8: Triggering the Extinguisher
Step 9: The Magic of Flight
Green Screen and Chroma Key
http://forums.afterdawn.com/thread_view.cfm/85814 (some good general tips)
http://www.videouniversity.com/chroma1.htm (another great source)
Believe it or not, I didn't use Motion or After Effects on the Jet pack episode. The rocket effects I found on this great website by Detonation Films.
They have a bunch of FREE stock footage of explosions, rocket exhaust and other cool stuff. They even have tutorials on how to use them with your NLE.
The only other program I used was Photoshop to make a tiny Chris that blasts off the ground and edit some of the backgrounds. A big part of completing this effect is using Final Cut Pro (or Premiere) to animate element you have edited in Photoshop. Here is a good tutorial on animating using FCP and Photoshop.
Good Luck and please post any questions or comments!