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#1 Niki Mundo

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Posted 19 July 2007 - 07:21 PM

I have a scene in front of a cool old building but cars are always parked in front.
Can they be removed in post or some other method?

Thanks!
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#2 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 19 July 2007 - 08:38 PM

Yes

You just need a good rotoscope artist
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#3 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 19 July 2007 - 08:58 PM

By the way...this is very much in the wrong category.

Should be in "Visual Effects"
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#4 Alessandro Machi

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Posted 19 July 2007 - 09:30 PM

I have a scene in front of a cool old building but cars are always parked in front.
Can they be removed in post or some other method?

Thanks!


Of course they can, didn't you see the movie transformers!

If you want to make it easier on yourself, do locked off camera shots, no pans, no zooms, no nothing.
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#5 James Steven Beverly

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Posted 20 July 2007 - 03:06 AM

OR if you do move the camera, get match moving software. B)
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#6 John Sprung

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Posted 20 July 2007 - 12:49 PM

I have a scene in front of a cool old building but cars are always parked in front.
Can they be removed in post or some other method?

Thanks!

Yes, it can be done. But it will probably be much more cost effective to pay the local government for a permit, and have them post no parking signs for you.



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#7 Alessandro Machi

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Posted 20 July 2007 - 01:00 PM

Yes, it can be done. But it will probably be much more cost effective to pay the local government for a permit, and have them post no parking signs for you.
-- J.S.


Or put "lost keys, free to good home" on the windshield of the cars you want moved. (Um, that was a joke-do not try).
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#8 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 20 July 2007 - 01:08 PM

Or put "lost keys, free to good home" on the windshield of the cars you want moved. (Um, that was a joke-do not try).


Am I the only one who doesn't get it?
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#9 Michael Nash

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Posted 20 July 2007 - 04:48 PM

Of course no one's mentioned the obvious, that you still need a clean background plate to put in place of where the cars were. If the problem is that there are always parked cars obstructing the building, you'll have to artificially generate that BG through CGI or matte painting.
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Posted 20 July 2007 - 05:07 PM

not to mention...if you're shooting with anything less than HD....you can forget about it looking even close to decent!

i'd forget about it, just find a way to move the cars dude! YOU'LL BE ACTUALLY HAPPY IN THE END!
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#11 Tim O'Connor

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Posted 20 July 2007 - 08:14 PM

How many cars are involved? An old low budget trick if you aren't going to get a permit
and "buy" the meters is to get a bunch of friends and wait till everybody leaves for the day and
park your cars there overnight, then move them for the shot, throw some cones up or sawhorses
or double park and get the shot fast. However, if it's a busy street, that may be dangerous and you're
likely to be shut down quickly. Also, this is effective if the location is not terribly far away as all your car
owners wil need rides. Plus they'll want to know that their cars will be there when they return.

The best bet is to get a permit and a detail or else grab the spaces and do it really fast.


Have you scouted the location on different days? Is it always blocked? What about Sundays? That's
an expensive day to shoot with a paid crew but if it's you and your friends then maybe that's a good
day.
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#12 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 21 July 2007 - 01:45 AM

You should be able to get a moving van permit from the Seattle PD where you can reserve a certain amount of spaces for a few hours on any given day. I don't think it's too expensive either, you'll have to check.
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#13 Hal Smith

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Posted 21 July 2007 - 10:55 AM

An old low budget trick if you aren't going to get a permit and "buy" the meters is to get a bunch of friends and wait till everybody leaves for the day

That would work great to get a background plate since you'd only need the street cleared for a minute or so at the correct time of day. Station a couple of PA's at the ends of the block, move the cars, shoot the plate, get out of Dodge before the cops arrive..... :)
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#14 Alessandro Machi

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Posted 24 July 2007 - 04:13 PM

That would work great to get a background plate since you'd only need the street cleared for a minute or so at the correct time of day. Station a couple of PA's at the ends of the block, move the cars, shoot the plate, get out of Dodge before the cops arrive..... :)


And then shoot the actors on a stage and chroma key the two together, correct?
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