FILM DAMAGE GENERATOR


I needed a “subtle” Film Damage Generator.
So I just built one. Have a look:


REFERENCES

Imperfect film scans from feature films, but also from
music videos were mainly my sources of inspiration.
Here are two music videos showing the elements
that I am trying to reproduce:

Good Will Hunting (1997)
Directed by Gus Van Sant
© Miramax Films


First, I analyzed a lot of real damage and created a database of various elements. In the second step I wrote a computer program that can generate 1000 individual looking “dirt elements” in order to avoid repetitions. So far, I have created the following 3 main elements:


HAIR

REFERENCE

BILLIE EILISH / JORDAN RAF / QUENTIN TARANTINO

GENERATOR

MONONODES FILM DAMAGE GENERATOR

DOTS

REFERENCE

W.A.M. BLEAKLEY / BILLIE EILISH / JORDAN RAF / QUENTIN TARANTINO

GENERATOR

MONONODES FILM DAMAGE GENERATOR

SCRATCHES / SMUT /
SPRINKLES

REFERENCE

W.A.M. BLEAKLEY / QUENTIN TARANTINO

GENERATOR

MONONODES FILM DAMAGE GENERATOR

MY ISSUE

“Dirt Overlays”:
– No Control about the amount of Dirt.
– Hair and other Particles are always at the same place.
– Hair and other Particles are tied together.
– Not adjustable in density.
– Often repeats after 10 seconds.

“Film Damage Plugin by DaVinci Resolve”:
– Only “Dust Particles”. No hair, no dots, no scratches or smut.
– Very slow. No real-time playback.
– Bad “density” Controls.


SOLUTION

– Gives you control about “Hair” size, dot size, smut, sctratches, and so on.
– Gives you control how many frames pauses till the next “dirt” pops up.
– You can add dots, smuts, scratches, sprinkles separately.
– You can change the dirt from white to black or colorize it.
– You can blur single hair and other dirt elements horizontal and vertically.
– You can randomize the location where the dirt appears on the screen.
– Over 5300 PNG files randomized. No repetition.
– It is fast. REAL-TIME playback! (Depends on your hardware and how many elements you add and if you are working on a 1080p or 4k timeline.)


Here is an overview about the dirt elements. Some are computer generated (hair / smut), others are painted in Photoshop (dots / scratches / sprinkles).


5300 PNG FILES

400 x 400 px
4000 files
500 files
200 files
200 files
200 files
200 files

The next step was to create a generator in Fusion that could later be used on the edit page and would give you full control over these dirt elements. This way you can change the composite mode to “Overlay”, change the gain and alpha channel, turn items black, resize and / or blur elements. In addition, it was important to randomize the appearance of the items on the screen. So one of the main functions is in fact randomizing the “on-screen-time” to allow a random number of images to pass before the next element of dirt appears on the screen.


FILM DAMAGE GENERATOR

  1. Browse: Select the PNG-Sequence.
  2. Loop: Set it “ON”.
  3. DIRT Gain: Set it to 0 and the dirt will turn black.
  4. DIRT Alpha: Change the transparency.
  5. DIRT Size Min: Minimum Size of the selected PNG file.
  6. DIRT Size Max: Maximum Size of the selected PNG file.
  7. DIRT Angle: Change the angle of the PNG file.
  8. Blur Horizontal: Blur the PNG file horizontal.
  9. Blur Vertical: Blur the PNG file vertically.
  10. Minimum Off time: This one defines the time between a PNG file is visible. If you set it to 100 it takes minimum 100 frames till the next “Dirt PNG file” will be visible.
  11. Maximum Off time: If you set this to 200 the Generator chooses a random “Off Time” between 100-200 frames till the next “Dirt PNG file” will show up.
  12. Minimum On time: The “on time” defines how many frames from the PNG Sequence will be visible in a row before it goes back into “Off Time”.
  13. Maximum On time: This defines how many “Dirt PNG files” will be shown after another till it switch back to “Off time”.
  14. Smoothness defines where the “Dirt PNG files” appear after each other. If it is set to 0.001 the PNG files appear “randomly”. If it is set up to 25 the “PNG files” will “float” in a smooth pattern over the screen.
  15. 1080p (1.0) / 4k (2.0): Per default, it is set to up for a 1080p composition. If you are working on a 4k timeline, set the slider to 2.0.

EXAMPLES


– Create subtle (!) “Dirt Elements” to your film
– “Real” randomization
– No repetition
– Fully customizable
– Create your own “Dirt Overlays” Mattes
– Fast preview
– Full control over density
– Full control over time intervals


HOW TO INSTALL

1. Download the ZIP file and extract the ZIP file.
2. Open DaVinci Resolve. Double-click on filmdamage.drfx. Click “Install”. Done.
3. Go to the EDIT Page, open the “Effects Library”. Go to “Fusion Generators” and drag and drop the “Mononodes Film Damage” onto your Timeline.
4. In the “Inspector” click “browse” and select the first “Dirt PNG file”. For example: “hair-0001.png” or “dots-0001.png”.
5. Check that “Loop” is ON. (very important)
6. In Settings… you might want to change the Composite Mode to “Overlay“.

INSTALL LOCATIONS

Resolve will automatically “install” the .drfx file in these locations:
On macOS: Macintosh HD/Users/username/Library/Application Support/Blackmagic Design/DaVinci Resolve/Fusion/Templates/
On Windows: C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Blackmagic Design\DaVinci Resolve\Support\Fusion\Templates\
On Linux: home/username/.local/share/DaVinciResolve/Fusion/Templates/

HOW TO UNINSTALL

1. Navigate to the appropriate template
directory in your file browser.
2. Delete the “filmdamage.drfx” file.

PREVIEW

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/577742067
YouTube: https://youtu.be/knYcM9SUOyM

BUY

  • FILM DAMAGE GENERATOR
     90,00

    According to § 19 UStG no VAT is charged


LITE VERSION

This “Lite” version is 100% free. It is a very “reduced” version with fewer functions, so it is not possible to change the size of the “dirt elements” or to determine the “off / on” time. The dirt element is automatically replaced after every tenth frame with a new dirt element from the selected folder, which then appears randomly on the screen.

The “Lite” version is 100% free and suitable for small projects. The „Lite“ version enables you to test the functionality and performance of the generator. For full randomization and fine-tuning, I recommend buying the full version.

DOWNLOAD:


SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

To install “.drfx” Bundles you will need DaVinci Resolve 17.2. Free or Studio Version.

Lightweight:
filmdamage.drfx is only 9 kilobytes in size.

Minimum Requirement:
CPU: Intel Core i7 or AMD Ryzen 7
RAM: 16 GB
GPU: 4 GB VRAM

Recommended Requirement:
CPU: Intel Core i9 or AMD Ryzen 9
RAM: 32 GB
GPU: 8 GB+ VRAM


KNOWN BUGS

If you’ve selected your PNG folder (e.g. hair) and later want to switch to a different PNG folder, DaVinci Resolve may close automatically. You should therefore avoid changing the folder after you have made settings in the generator.


INSTRUCTION VIDEO

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/643261832
YouTube: https://youtu.be/FMpsuDT7SkQ

Have fun.

If you have any questions or need support, feel free
to contact me at stefanATmononodesDOTcom