Raucher Watchmen Mask Off — Instagram Filter Review
Published on Oct 9, 2019
| Filter name: "Raucher"
"Raucher" is an Instagram filter by @skutny that was submitted as part of the "HBO x Spark AR: Watchmen Mask Off" filter contest (more info here). Many Spark AR creators, designers, and artists set down and try to make a custom mask effect inspired by the new show Watchmen. There is a $10,000 prize for the 3 top winners and those filters will be featured on the official Watchmen Instagram page and get further promotions. Now you can understand why so many people opted to enter this competition.
I've seen some excellent filters, one of them is "Raucher". This face mask looks amazing. You have this beautifully designed 3d black gas mask with a yellow skull and air openings. Once users open their mouths, mysterious yellow gas vents out from the mask through these three openings. There is also a nice red effect on the eyes and some smoke particles flowing out from the glasses, which appear once users node their head.
In the next image, you can see both effects. The one on the right is the face filter and the left one is the stylizes camera effect for the rear-facing camera of your phone.
There is also a smoke effect in the background and the foreground. I wish the background had something more interesting rather than just a black one. Furthermore, you can feel the lack of elasticity in this Watchmen Instagram filter. To make materials feel elastic, there is a need to separate some of the 3d models and animate them separately, but this greatly increases the amount of work that needs to be done.
This Raucher camera effect has a second filter. The one that I mentioned is when using the front-facing camera in the Instagram camera app. The second one is a nice stylizes effect that uses the rear-facing camera. The idea is that you see the world has seen through the advanced goggles and this is a unique visualization that represents that view.
By the way, according to the Watchmen HBO x Spark AR: Mask Off contest creative brief. Users have to make an original work, and not create characters directly from the Watchmen. The filters will be judged based on originality, applicability to theme and functionality.
Overall, a fantastic entry to the HBO show Watchmen Spark AR challenge. Based on the comments on the Spark AR Facebook community, it seems that many people think this is one of the candidates to be among the winners. I wish skutny good luck with this amazing filter. Don't forget to try it out. You can try out this IG filter by clicking the Try button at the bottom of the page.
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