Here you find a quick recipe for fiercely riding a 3D dragon:



1 x dragon rendered in alpha channels. You can use any dragon animation you want, some people buy them readymade, I prefer homemade mesh. Luckily I happened to have one left from last week’s project. It smells ok and with a splash of new materials it will look as good as new, people won’t be able to tell the difference.

1 x Awkward footage of yourself riding a chair with a green background.

1 x make up and props. Everything works for a late 80s fantasy revival genre, don’t worry if you cant use real make up, use whatever you can get, try with a scoop of nice and hot bitumen, it will do the job just fine!


1 x Background: for this I followed my personal taste and I created a matte painting background of images which I had shot with my phone while travelling. Again, everything goes and it’s free from copyright, a rock can become a floating mountain or if you have no rock images just take a picture of a piece of pavement or even your elbow could do!

Imagination is paramount at this stage of the recipe. 



Place everything in After Effects and cook for a good 8 hours until the footage appears to smooth with the background  but is still chunky.

Et voila’ the footage is served!

Bon apetit!


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