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#1 John Hoffler

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 12:19 AM

Hey all,

I've got a 16mm short coming up in Jan-Feb and i'm trying to work out how to do an effect. The character is seeing Ghosts in a space ship and they need to walk through him. I was looking at trying double exposure, but that seems risky considering I am still a novice at shooting 16mm. Any suggestions?

note, this is a school project with a small budget.

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#2 Steve McBride

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 12:21 AM

Without CG, double exposure would be the only way that I can think of. If you can, do a test shoot of the scene. If it works, use it. If it doesn't, try something else.
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#3 Mihai Bodea

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 12:15 PM

you could try to use a half mirror in front of the lens, 45' (even a clear, thin, glass will do fine). through the mirror the camera sees the real space and reflected the ghost image. you will have a fixed camera and will have very strict marks for the actors. the ghost image will have to be surrounded by black background and carefully composed so that it does not overlap a shiny area in the real space. you will have to be very careful about the lighting levels of the real space and the reflected one as the mirror will play tricks; I suggest using a dslr for tests. this will have to be done in studio.
using 16mm allowes you to very easily multiple expose, as you can not offset the exposures (as opposed to 35mm), but you will only see the effect on screen.
if you are in school better try both techniques for the same effect. it will be a joy.

Edited by Mihai Bodea, 19 November 2008 - 12:18 PM.

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