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#1 Edmund Olszewski

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Posted 15 July 2010 - 10:30 PM

When you have two people standing next to each other holding hands for example is there a way to make one of them look taller or shorter than the other? :blink:
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Posted 15 July 2010 - 11:36 PM

When you have two people standing next to each other holding hands for example is there a way to make one of them look taller or shorter than the other? :blink:


Well on Casablanca, Bogart wore lifts so he could be taller than his 5 foot 10 co-star Ingrid Bergman.

That and careful framing and composition.

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#3 Stephen Murphy

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Posted 16 July 2010 - 05:11 AM

You should take a look at Julie and Julia shot by Stephen Goldblatt - they did an excellent job of making Meryly Streep look very tall.
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#4 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 16 July 2010 - 06:35 AM

I've worked with a couple stand in's that have lifts so they can stand in for people of different heights. Should work fine if you don't see them head to toe.
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Posted 16 July 2010 - 10:04 AM

If they're not standing shoulder to shoulder, you can use stage tricks like forced perspective, a raked ceiling and floor.
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Posted 16 July 2010 - 07:57 PM

How tall do you want him? Start with a pancake, then a half apple and then if you have to stick him on a full apple.
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#7 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 17 July 2010 - 09:26 PM

How tall do you want him? Start with a pancake, then a half apple and then if you have to stick him on a full apple.

Clearly that's the easiest and best option for a single shot. I think it's a harder issue to solve if they need to appear taller throughout a whole film. It's very time consuming to try to build a whole platform for someone for a walk and talk for example.
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#8 Edmund Olszewski

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 07:10 PM

I did not have a shot planned out yet... I was just trying to figure out what my possibilities were first.
I was limited on actors and I wanted a guy to be taller than a lady.

I started wondering how they did it with the Hobbits vs. regular people in Lord of the Rings.
Maybe there are some common practices.

I appreciate all the suggestions very much... you guys are great!

Thanks
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