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Replicating a shot from Welles' 'The Stranger.'


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#1 Jean Paul DiSciscio

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 12:47 AM

I was just wondering how exactly did Welles' cinematographer Russell Metty create the shot where Welles' stretched out shadow creeps towards his wife's bed as the CAMERA DOLLIES with it, getting smaller and smaller until he finally appears in the shot, looming over her bed, at the very last moment.

How would we achieve the exact same effect?

Any insight would be great...

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#2 Mei Lewis

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Posted 04 December 2009 - 12:33 PM

I've not seen this but from your descriotion maybe the light casting the shadow was moved backwards (away from the bed) as the man walked towards the bed?
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Posted 04 December 2009 - 12:42 PM

I mean backwards and upwards. How small does the shaodw get?

Could it be someone elses shadow entirely?
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#4 Karel Bata

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Posted 05 December 2009 - 10:24 AM

The shadow is bound to get smaller as the actor moves away from the lamp. I suspect this was a brute at full flood to give sharper shadows, and about eight to ten feet away from the 'door'.

Nice way to fake a door.
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#5 Paul Bruening

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Posted 05 December 2009 - 11:56 AM

They had all that production shot gear around the studio. Could it have been done with a projected image?
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