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#1 Olen Smith

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 12:23 AM

Hey guys, no cinematography background here, but a google search yielded no results... I know that in the days of tangible film, it could be flipped on a projector, presenting a mirror image of what was shot. But I've noticed in modern media the error still happens. Example: Falling Skies has numerous scenes where a handgun holster will switch between a persons left and right hip. And its not a continuity error, these are things that aren't easily reversed (such as the holster). How is this possible if they're shooting on digital media? Or are they still using film? Thanks!
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#2 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 04:06 AM

You can flip optically with film, correcting any error that way. With the use of digital intermediates you can digitally flip film.

If you can get away with flipping can depend on the background and how noticeable it becomes, Sometimes it's surprising how many continuity errors films have, there are a number of TV programmes on these mistakes.
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