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#1 Mary Crowley

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Posted 04 June 2007 - 11:21 AM

Hi,
I don't know if this question hs already been asked, but here goes anyway. I just saw Zodiac and loved the shot where the camera tilts up from the bottom of a building that being built, and as it does, all the scaffolding etc moves. It looks like a simple time lapse shot, but surely they didn't leave a camera there long enough to catch it. Any ideas?
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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 04 June 2007 - 11:30 AM

It's not historical time-lapse footage of the Transamerica building being constructed -- it was CGI (computer animation basically with a fake time-lapse effect.)

But yes, normally you'd have to leave the camera out there for the duration in order for the framing to stay constant (and a tilt-up or down, or a pan, would require a complex motion control rig, or simply careful camera movements if it didn't have to be smooth. It's a little like stop-motion photography.)

Nowadays, though, someone probably would use a digital still camera with a high resolution, and if the camera was brought out there once a day, a picture taken, and removed again, so the framing wasn't precise, it probably could be realigned in post by zooming into the photo a little.
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#3 sergio cassini

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Posted 04 June 2007 - 11:45 AM

check out the video slideshow on this site studiodaily,explains it all.

Edited by sergio cassini, 04 June 2007 - 11:46 AM.

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#4 Mary Crowley

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Posted 04 June 2007 - 01:37 PM

Thanks for that. Its a fantastic website.
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#5 Satsuki Murashige

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Posted 04 June 2007 - 04:19 PM

The April 2007 issue of Cinefex has an article about that shot and the other effects shots in "Zodiac," quite informative. You can order back issues here: http://www.cinefex.c...backissues.html

It's a pricy publication though, like $13 or so at newstand.
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#6 Tom Lowe

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Posted 12 July 2007 - 01:34 AM

The photography really looked superb on this movie. There were very few shots at all that gave away its digital origins in a bad way, and a few night and evening shots that just looked great (like Collateral and Miami Vice).

Edited by Tom Lowe, 12 July 2007 - 01:39 AM.

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#7 Robert Glenn

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Posted 13 July 2007 - 01:01 AM

The opening scene with the couple was a bit surreal to me. The composition gave the characters a very strange rendition as if it were live television but on film
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