Need help on an effect shot
Posted 05 January 2007 - 10:25 PM
Posted 05 January 2007 - 10:35 PM
At the size you state what scale is that compared to the desired apparent scale on film ?
Smaller objects often need the frame rate to be sped up to achieve the same physical effects as the real sized object would... This is especially true of water, fire dust, snow etc... If your gum has any 'moving parts' even just a wiggle you might want to speed up the rate, knowing the scale will help determine the amount... You might want to have some light dust or a puff of wind blowing the actors hair when it lands - A composite shot might be required in this case if you were to use different rates ...
You could play around with wide lenses and DOF like I remember they would do in Naked Gun films (telephones turned out to be about 4x as big as they appeared) - I'm sure there are a million other examples ...
Posted 06 January 2007 - 12:30 AM
I agree with Nick that having a bit of flour of Fuller's Earth under the prop when it drops will add to the illusion that the giant gum pack wieghs much more than it actually will. I would build an A frame with pulleys at the top to haul the gum out of camera frame and have the grips (wearing gloves of course) practice dropping the gum a few times by letting the wire slide through their hands, controlling it's rate of decent as it falls so that they are synced at each end and the gum falls smoothly. If your using video to shoot it, wire removal shouldn't be that big of a deal, it can be done in post with wire removal software. if not use the thinest wires you can that will hold the prop's wieght. I would use a longer lens and set the camera back a ways so you can flatten out the image a little. This will allow you have the talent a safe distance back from where the prop will land and it will appear to the camera that you are dropping it right in front of them. On that note, dropping something around a cast is frought with the potential for utter disaster and if you accidentally drop a heavy prop on an actor they tend to bleed and scream a lot so PLEASE take all appropiate precautions for your cast and crew's safety because if you don't it could be your ass! Just a thought.
Edited by James Steven Beverly, 06 January 2007 - 12:31 AM.
Posted 06 January 2007 - 12:55 AM
At the size you state what scale is that compared to the desired apparent scale on film ? .
Yes, I'm confused if in the final effect, the pack is supposed to look 4'x2'? Or even much bigger and this is just the size you think is buildable? Because if it's supposed to look 4'x2' in size and you build it for real and drop it in front of the person, I don't see why that's an effect shot.
What size is it supposed to look in relation to the person?
Posted 08 January 2007 - 12:39 AM
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