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#1 Eliott Ward

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Posted 04 May 2006 - 03:56 PM

Hello -

Any suggestions for the best way (and gear) to produce the expressionistic effect of text scrolling up somebody's face as they look at a computer monitor.

This will be shot on HD (F-900). The office will be dark and we want green words (though they can be indistinct) to roll across the actors face.

Do they make gear for this sort of thing or am i best off getting some kind of projector?

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Posted 04 May 2006 - 07:18 PM

Hello -

Any suggestions for the best way (and gear) to produce the expressionistic effect of text scrolling up somebody's face as they look at a computer monitor.

This will be shot on HD (F-900). The office will be dark and we want green words (though they can be indistinct) to roll across the actors face.

Do they make gear for this sort of thing or am i best off getting some kind of projector?

Thanks
Eliott Ward
Los Angeles


Probably projecting the scrolling words would be easiest.

In reality, the unfocused text on a computer monitor won't normally be readable on the viewer's face. A more realistic depiction might be a reflection of the screen in eyeglasses worn by the viewer, or from the shiny surface of their eyes. Which would be reverse-text, since it is a reflection.
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Posted 04 May 2006 - 07:47 PM

Thanks John,

I know what you're saying, but it's much more fun to push reality a bit and try to use the visuals to evoke something in the viewer. A bit of expressionism is always fun. And, if the story is any good, the audience will eat it up. Then again, if people are sitting there and saying "a screen would never project onto somebody's face" well, then we're in real trouble.

I'll look into a projector of some kind.

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#4 Hans Kellner

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Posted 04 May 2006 - 08:16 PM

Then again, if people are sitting there and saying "a screen would never project onto somebody's face" well, then we're in real trouble.

If I saw words reflected off someone's face it would take me right out of the moment. John's idea of reflecting off the eyes is good and would make for an interesting shot.
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