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#1 James Steven Beverly

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Posted 10 August 2007 - 11:59 PM

That opening title for "The Thing" (the original) were the words The Thing sorta melt or burn out with a high intensity light shining through, my guess is they used a thin layer of black wax and a fan behind a black title card cut-out then misted slightly and turned on on a 5 to 10 k light, under-cranked the camera a little and let the wax (or what ever it was) burn or melt away. I'm I close? Does anyone know how it was actually achieved? I thought it was very effective and may want to try something like this in the future. B)
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#2 e gustavo petersen

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Posted 11 August 2007 - 02:55 AM

As per Peter Kuran (Special Optical Effects), they used a 4' high by 2' wide fish tank filled with smoke. Behind that an animation cell with the title "The Thing". Behind that, on a frame was a stretched piece of garbage bag. And finally, behind that was a light source. Kuran would then burn the garbage bag with a match and as it burned away the title would appear.

I got this information from the DVD's extra features.
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