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ACTION MOVIE EFFECTS

Shoot a fight scene with a blood-spurting knife wound and a head smashing through a window.

By Zack Stern

The perfect action scene needs combat, gore, and at least one actor going through a window. Here’s how I shot a scene with all these ingredients, from making the special effects to shooting and editing the footage.

Movie Glass

We wanted one actor to shove another’s head through a kitchen window. Who wouldn’t? We found a good location that had a single-pane window, 30"×26", which we could swap out for our own fake-glass concoction. We made a harmless shattering window pane by casting sugar glass ...

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