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#1 David Desio

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Posted 04 November 2008 - 11:15 AM

Hey all,
I have a shoot this Thursday and I need a bit of brainstorming help.
One sequence calls for the action of a football game to be seen through the QB's eyes. Its a pretty short sequence so I think hand-holding won't be a problem. We need to see the mask and be able to tell that its a mask.

I am shooting in HD with the panasonic HPX500, fuji HD zoom lens.

I think shortest distance to catch focus is about 1 1/2 -2 feet. The budget doesn't allow for rental of any kind of rig and is pretty tight for purchasing building materials.

I have one or two ideas but I'd love to hear others.

Thanks,
Dave
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#2 Chris Keth

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Posted 04 November 2008 - 07:17 PM

Take the mask off of a helmet and zip-tie and/or tape it to the matte box. Then just make sure you're shooting at a stop that doesn't throw the mask so soft that it's unidentifiable. Shouldn't be too hard to do since it's an exterior and probably not a very long lens.

Edited by Chris Keth, 04 November 2008 - 07:20 PM.

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#3 Dan Goulder

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Posted 04 November 2008 - 07:42 PM

Check out "The Ladykillers" for some great (and funny) examples of this kind of shot, executed by the great Roger Deakins.
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#4 David Desio

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Posted 05 November 2008 - 05:25 PM

hey guys,
thanks for the replies and ideas. I figured out a rig, I'll take some pics of the set up tomorrow and post them. It actually seems to work pretty well and while its nothing ingenious, its these little things that make this job so much fun.
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