Sci-Fi Effects from Taylor Swift – Ready For It

//Sci-Fi Effects from Taylor Swift – Ready For It

Recreate the Sci-Fi effects from Music Video Ready For It by Taylor Swift. How to track a radar on someone’s eye and an RGB glitch distortion.

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Now that Halloween is past, we can focus on some less scary content. And this time we are tackling the new music video from Taylor Swift, ready for it. This music video is packed with Special effects like a science-fiction movie. So we found it perfect to recreate some effects from the video in our Copy Cat tutorial. We analysed the video and choose the most frequent effects to recreate, which are the glitch distortion and the Sci-fi radar on Taylor’s eye. In this tutorial we explain how you can use tracking for the eyes and create a simple way to achieve the glitch effect.

For this video we used our new intern, Ellen. You probably saw her already in the two horror specials. She normally does another job, but we thought she would be a better Taylor Swift then Jordy or me. So with her all Taylored up, we more or less recreated the lighting setup and the scenery from the music video. In the intro, which we recreated, they use a simple two point lighting on Taylor and use a third light to cast a beam on the background. There are also a lot of other different attributes present in the original clip, but we kept it to the minimum.

As you can see in the picture and in the video, the overall look is quite cold. So instead of doing an extensive color grading in post production. We used daylight lights for lighting our Taylor Swift and tungsten lights for the beam in the background. This will create this cold look and at the same time a beautiful teal and orange.


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2018-05-03T17:50:51+00:00November 3rd, 2017|After Effects Tutorials|5 Comments

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Started as a graphic designer with a huge passion for film. When I met Jordy, filmmaking became more than a passion; it became life!


  1. Ravi July 5, 2018 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    Can u plz make a video on how to shoot and edit a Dance video like a pro

  2. David Bixler April 30, 2018 at 8:47 am - Reply

    Video seems to no longer be available

    • Jordy Vandeput May 3, 2018 at 5:51 pm - Reply

      Thanks for letting us know! I’ve updated the video.

  3. Ethan Butler April 20, 2018 at 4:23 am - Reply

    My only comment… How. Tried to follow and barely managed. Great job!

  4. Jose November 8, 2017 at 6:58 am - Reply

    Magnificent! I’m not even in the category of novice so a lot of this stuff went over my head but, before I saw this I thought that those FX were basically impossible for mere mortals like me to make.

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