VFX Tutorial – Sky Replacement, Day for Night, & Matte Painting

During the shoot of our feature film The Ipanema File, we shot all of our night exteriors Day for Night. This means that we have to replace the skies on all those shots with night skies, and in this tutorial I show you a quick & dirty version of my approach for this. I threw in a little Matte Painting as well, since I didn’t like the empty sky so much.

A lot more time should be spend on this effect to make it look more realistic, but this video shows you the basic techniques behind it.

(Apologies for the sound, but I had to record with my internal microphone, and the fan in my laptop was going crazy because of the screen capture software…)