Help with 3D models in Hitfilm?
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So, I'm making a short film, and I don't have Hitfilm Pro (yet) but I may buy it during the sale starting tomorrow. Let's assume I have it for simplicity's sake. In the film, these seven teenagers are attempting to shoot down an alien freighter (about 350 feet in length—the ship will be a 3D model), and as they do it crashes in a field behind them.
Two things about this scene:
One, as the alien ship crashes there'd be a lot of dirt, dust, debris, et cetera, and the ship would probably be lodged into the ground a bit (although I'm good with it resting on top of the ground instead of being a bit worn into it). How do I create this crashing sequence? To save work, I could do the ship approaching the ground, a reaction shot from the teenagers and then looking back at the already crashed ship. But, there would still be much dust and debris and stuff, so how would I do that?
Two, and MUCH MORE IMPORTANTLY, in the following two minutes during a small action scene the crashed ship is behind them nearly the entire time. I can shoot from all angles so I don't have to be seeing the ship constantly but it should be in the background for a few seconds at least once. How do I have it connected to the background when the camera is going to be rotating and panning a lot? And how do I have it in the background if actors are standing between the cameras and the field?