Miniature shoot Practicle?
Posted 30 October 2007 - 05:51 PM
Posted 30 October 2007 - 07:09 PM
You should check out IN MY IMAGE by Scot McPhie. There is a really nice shot using Fore ground miniatures on Super 8 Film.
The greater depth of field of supper 8 makes it a nice choice for this type of work. Go to the link below. I'm sure if you contact Scot he will be very helpful. He post here often as is a really nice guy. His link is below. There was also a GREAT article in SUPER 8 TODAY magazine a few months back on fore ground miniatures. The link for that is below as well.
Hope that helps
Posted 28 November 2007 - 03:14 PM
Breaking up the light on the exterior (patterns) is usually a good idea that helps sell the scale of an object - check out the behind the scenes material of the Star Trek the Motion Picture DVD and see what lengths they went to, to light the Enterprise.
You should definitely ask around your area for someone with experience building miniatures. Although you can learn how to build miniatures, it takes years to really master the art and create something that will fool an audience.
If you're doing a super low budget piece for the experience only, go ahead and try your hand at building something - I'd suggest finding the largest scale model kit you can afford and give that a shot - scratch building is MUCH more difficult and requires a LOT of math.
Posted 28 November 2007 - 04:42 PM
As for lighting, you are basically simulating natural light at a high enough level so you can stop down the lens for more depth of field.
Since water itself doesn't miniaturize well, ship models tend to be built as large as possible, sometimes large enough to be shot outdoors on real lakes or other bodies of water, or if not, large studio tanks. And often they are shot outdoors under real daylight.
Posted 28 November 2007 - 05:38 PM
Posted 29 November 2007 - 04:33 AM
Old model work and miniatures could range from atrocious to fantastic. One of my favorite sequences is the boat crashing against the cliffs in the Guns of Navarone. It's absolutely flawless and really looks like the real thing. Not an easy thing to do with water. There's some amazing model work in all of the Alien films and most sci-fi from that era (Outland has great model work, for instance). Top Gun is another film that has a lot more model work in it than one thinks - also flawless.
For an example of some pretty bad model work, I'd say Logan's Run is a contender.
If you want to learn more, I'd suggest buying old Cinefex (pre 1994-94, I'd say) magazines on Ebay. They're a wealth of information. I've got most of the 80's issues, and they're just a joy to read.
Posted 29 November 2007 - 05:53 AM
Mr. Frisch, do you mean "stop down the lens to maximize Dof?" or am I that tired?
Posted 29 November 2007 - 06:52 AM
Changed it now.
Posted 29 November 2007 - 07:03 AM
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Posted 30 November 2007 - 01:07 AM