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#1 Joseph Nesbitt

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Posted 06 September 2007 - 02:48 PM

This effect was recently done on a History channel show called the Univesre, in which they made a pool table look like it was going on forever, the image wasn't distored nor was the pool table, it just looked like it contiued on across the horizon. This sparked my interest, so I remembered that they had done this gag in the Big Lebowski as well, three or more times. The Three I can remember are The endless shoe rack that streched to the moon, the Endless Staircase, and an endless bowling lane. Has anyone got any ideas how to do the effect?
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#2 Chris Keth

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Posted 06 September 2007 - 03:20 PM

I would do it with a combination of focal length and lighting. I would use a VERY wide lens and ppsition the camera right down on the level of the stairs. They'll look really loooooong and the vanishing point would be really obvious. Combine that with lighting that obscures the top of the staircase (or better yet build a staircase extension for the top and do this) and it'll look like it goes forever.
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Posted 06 September 2007 - 04:32 PM

Thanyou, but how belivable does that extension have to be? Can it be just the besic, not even matching in paint would stain, etc or do I have to try to get as close as possible?
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Posted 06 September 2007 - 05:04 PM

Well, imagine what this all looks like through the lens. It's at the top of the stairs through a very wide lens. It's pretty tiny up there. I would paint it to match and leave it at that. Your lighting will take care of the rest.
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