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#1 SoRtry

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 06:27 AM

Hi there! Sorry for being a total noob, for I'm only a layman. However, I got interested in this particular filming technique in some movies I've seen. That's when a character looks into a reflective thing, like a lake or a mirror, & the camera is behind him/her. I can see both her back & the image of her face, yet the camera can't be seen in the mirror, although I know that it must be there according to the disposition. I'm pretty curious about how the filmmakers can hide the camera(man)? Could you pls kindly help me to explain it? Tks in advance.


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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 10:56 AM

The camera just has to be slightly off to one side, out of the angle for reflection.  Here's a trickier mirror shot I did in "Smash", our rehearsal set which has one wall of mirrors - since the mirrors could each be rotated, we made a V-shape pointed out with two mirrors to create a dead spot in the center of frame that wasn't reflected, to hide the camera (and boom op, and director, and focus puller, all in a narrow line one behind the other):

 

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