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#1 Tim O'Connor

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Posted 29 July 2007 - 10:41 PM

I was just watching "To Kill A Mockingbird" and when Gregory Peck shoots
the mad dog; the dog flies up as his legs go out from under him. I watched it
frame by frame as it looked like they might have done a version of the now
illegal wire trick that was used to trip horses in westerns but I didn't see any
clues. I suppose that they could have rotoscoped the wires out or something
but it looks pretty clean, although I'm no expert on VFX.

It certainly doesn't look like somebody off screen yelled at the dog to
roll over. He looks like he got shot because he flies into the air and drops.
How did they do it?
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#2 Patrick Cooper

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Posted 02 August 2007 - 12:30 AM

Hmmm....unless the dog was a highly skilled (and acrobatic) actor.....!
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Posted 02 August 2007 - 03:03 PM

I suppose that they could have rotoscoped the wires out or something
but it looks pretty clean, although I'm no expert on VFX.


Using a single hair brush to ink over the wires on the mattes.

Oh! wait! No blue screen or density mattes?

Tranquilizer dart?
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#4 Jason Maeda

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Posted 04 August 2007 - 03:40 PM

filmed in reverse?

jk :ph34r:
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#5 Tim O'Connor

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Posted 04 August 2007 - 04:42 PM

filmed in reverse?

jk :ph34r:


I'll go back and check and see if I can tell. Good thinking.
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#6 Joseph Nesbitt

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Posted 06 August 2007 - 10:32 AM

they were pretty good at hiding those wires though, check the paws and maybe you'll see something, even frame by frame, once they trip him it will hard to see the wire blur because of the massive motion blur of the dog and maybe even any dirt that was kicked up. I really don't know becuase I don't own a copy, and was the scene supposed to be at night because if they used fishing line that would be hard to pick off with the added darkness.
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#7 Douglas Sunlin

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Posted 06 August 2007 - 11:41 AM

I can't recall having seen this, but dropping a horse would take a cable, but doing the same to a dog would require less of a rig, maybe fishing line.
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#8 Duncan McDougall

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Posted 07 August 2007 - 06:31 PM

That was all acting by the dog - fantastic. Stunt dogs from that era were skilled professionals who could perform these astonishing feats in their sleep. Today, these dogs are overpaid prima donnas who show up to the set late and often intoxicated. A real shame.
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