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#1 michael wilson

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Posted 17 September 2010 - 10:44 AM

I saw Let Me In, which is a remake of Let the Right One In this past weekend. It was very well shot. However you could tell a VFX shot was coming because the whole image looked affected before the VFX kicked in. The VFX shots looked like they were filmed on a digital camera shooting at 59.97 or a very high shutter rate. They lost all motion blur and looked super crisp. What is that and why does it happen? And how does one avoid it?

I would liken it to VFX shots back in the day when the effects were put on a second print and those shots just feel a bit different than the rest of the film.
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#2 Adam Hunt

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Posted 04 October 2010 - 09:45 PM

I saw Let Me In, which is a remake of Let the Right One In this past weekend. It was very well shot. However you could tell a VFX shot was coming because the whole image looked affected before the VFX kicked in. The VFX shots looked like they were filmed on a digital camera shooting at 59.97 or a very high shutter rate. They lost all motion blur and looked super crisp. What is that and why does it happen? And how does one avoid it?

I would liken it to VFX shots back in the day when the effects were put on a second print and those shots just feel a bit different than the rest of the film.



I haven't seen the film, but these days some productions shooting 35mm may shoot RED or SI2K or something else digital for the VFX shots, especially green screen shots. It's possible they did this and didn't match the shots very well.

From what you said about them looking 'crisp', I'm wondering if they might have shot it at a different shutter angle to intentionally make edges less blurry. This would have an advantage for getting a cleaner key, but would not be something I would do specifically because it would drastically change the look of the image, as it seems the case is here.

If I see the film or hear anything about how the shots were done I will post it here.
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