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#1 Andrew Russo

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Posted 08 September 2015 - 08:29 PM

There is an in camera lens wobble practical effect in the remake music video of this Joan Jett song for the movie Wayne's World 2 circa 1993. Any ideas how they achieved it?

 

Look around:

 

0:05-0:06

0:55-0:56

1:11-1:12 - (probably the most visible example)

 

 

Thanks!

 

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#2 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 08 September 2015 - 08:45 PM

I think there used to be a system called the Mezmerizer or something to that effect from Panavision. Been awhile and can't seem to find much on it at present moment.


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#3 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 08 September 2015 - 08:48 PM

Also I think the Fraizer Lens System could in theory accomplish something similar as you can rotate the image in the "tube" basically-- if memory serves right.


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#4 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 08 September 2015 - 08:56 PM

My mistake I was thinking of the Hylen system--

 

 

though I wonder if it could do something similar.


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Posted 10 September 2015 - 10:53 AM

My guess is they did this in telecine. I only think this because there are other telecine fx going on such as the overscan/deysync, but most of all they saved the stretch/rotate for the wider shots that could be put anywhere in an edit. I could be wrong.

 

Clairmont has/had a rig they called the "Squishy Lens", but I don't think it could get this particular distortion. But it would have been easy on DaVinci.

 

There were a couple distortion lens setups towards the end of the 90s, Clairmont's and the Hylen, but hard to tell which particular one would have been capable of this particular distortion.


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#6 Lance Soltys

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Posted 10 September 2015 - 12:21 PM

I know I used something called a mesmerizer back in the early 90's on a commercial.  My understanding was that it was a re-housed anamorphic lens that mounted in front of the camera lens. I don't remember who made it though.


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#7 Freya Black

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Posted 10 September 2015 - 01:37 PM

I have to say that the Joan Jett video just looks like someone rotating an anamorphic adaptor in front of the prime lens to me.

 

Certainly I think that would be the easiest way to do it.

 

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Edited by Freya Black, 10 September 2015 - 01:39 PM.

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#8 Satsuki Murashige

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Posted 10 September 2015 - 02:14 PM

I have to say that the Joan Jett video just looks like someone rotating an anamorphic adaptor in front of the prime lens to me.
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That's exactly what a Mesmerizer is! :)
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#9 Alex Nelson

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Posted 10 September 2015 - 02:56 PM

Kish Optics made the Mesmerizer. There was a front attachment for small primes and a rear attachment for zooms. Both had rotating cylinder lenses to accomplish that effect.


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#10 Shawn Martin

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Posted 12 September 2015 - 12:08 AM

At least one of the Lord of the Rings movies - I can't remember which - had this same mesmerizer effect.
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