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#1 lmg

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 05:59 PM

Hey guys

Can someone tell me how the out of focus/smear effect that is so common in Bruno Aveillan's work is achieved? Is it a special lens or just an extra piece of glass in front of the lens? I think the same effect is used in Steve McQueen's "Hunger", from 1h 20' 00'' till 1h 20' 20''.

Pretty sure it is not tilt/shift lens... Help, anyone?!

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#2 Chris Millar

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 07:36 PM

Intruiged,

I like these reverse engineering challenges - but have nothing to work from...

Got any links/stills ? Anything ?
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Posted 21 September 2011 - 01:05 AM

Intruiged,

I like these reverse engineering challenges - but have nothing to work from...

Got any links/stills ? Anything ?


not sure if he was referring this kind of effect that you can see in this commercial:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4jZ1UFR_Wc

I have some solution to achieve that effect in mind, not sure if it'd work, very stupid one, but if it does i will post response here
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#4 Chris Millar

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Posted 21 September 2011 - 01:22 AM

extra bit of glass would get you very close - something optical not just flat...

break it, smear it with gunk etc.
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#5 Tom Jensen

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Posted 21 September 2011 - 10:02 AM

Vaseline?
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#6 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 21 September 2011 - 11:23 AM

Basically anything transluscent can/should work in front of the lens put in the mattebox. I would experiment with some glass ect; see what happens.
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#7 John Sprung

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Posted 21 September 2011 - 12:48 PM

Vaseline or similar on a flat piece of glass would be a way to do it in production. I'd look at digital ways of doing it in post. That way you're not locked into it, you can increase or decrease the effect in the context of the cut piece. Less time spent in production, and you're not freezing your tush off while you decide.... ;-)




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#8 Stuart Brereton

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Posted 21 September 2011 - 05:50 PM

I took this through a plastic spoon from craft services

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Magnifying glasses and odd bits of glass work well too.
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