One shot stood out from the rest. You might think this was a pretty bland shot. It is… and I thought that too until I started to play around with it.
In any apocalyptic film be it zombie, plague, alien invasion or general stupidity with nuclear space hoppers, you will almost always see a shot like this. Everybody is dead or dying and it is all over. No point worrying if you left the gas on at home. Your home is most probably gone by now so get over it.
I pulled down the exposure but a lot but added to the highlights and sharpened slightly as I wanted the windows and the edges of the buildings to remain intact.
As it is still winter the trees looked dead anyway so they added to the scene of death and destruction quite well.
It could be fall out or flakes of skin from the rotting flesh of zombies, you decide.
It was starting to take shape now but I thought it was missing something. What is a horror shot without something to add a bit of blood to it?
So what else was needed? What else could happen after a cataclysm? It would rain…
Of course it would rain! There is nothing like beating back a hoard of zombies with an umbrella.
Rendering a new layer of fibers, setting the blend mode to Screen and reducing the opacity to 33% gave me rain that was heading straight down. Adding a final motion blur filter created the slant I was looking for. Rain straight into the eyes.
If you find yourself being dragged to the floor and screaming while your leg it bitten off by a pack of rabid zombies then please relax and take comfort that in a world that is tearing itself apart, at least the municipal power company is still making a profit. If you ever do make it home alive you will probably find the bill on your door mat.
The lights were added by creating a standard lens flare and mirroring and flipping it three times to create the flood light lamps. This was then copied twice and reduced for the distance the other lights were situated.
The final composition per effect added.