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Ian Blom
Severed Leg/Arm Effect
on Sep 20, 2016 at 12:37:58 pm


How do they do the severed limb effect as seen in so many movies? I know how to do green screen compositing when everything is locked down and nothing is moving too much, but in the movies people are walking around and interacting with other characters etc. This is what I would like to be able to do for an upcoming short film we are planning where a guy lost both his legs and he is sitting in a wheel chair going from point A to B, similar to Lt. Dan in Forest Gump.

Another movie that comes to mind is Soul Surfer:

Any help would really be appreciated.

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John Cuevas
Re: Severed Leg/Arm Effect
on Sep 20, 2016 at 1:29:03 pm

Some good answers here:

Johnny Cuevas, Editor

"I have not failed 700 times. I have succeeded in proving that those 700 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work."
---THOMAS EDISON on inventing the light bulb.

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Tero Ahlfors
Re: Severed Leg/Arm Effect
on Sep 20, 2016 at 1:50:44 pm

Here's another article:

I remember seeing a VFX breakdown of Forrest Gump shots but I just can't find it anywhere.

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