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Randall Oelerich
Face/hand stretching out of the mirror effect ? (how?)
on Apr 19, 2011 at 1:00:37 pm

I have a short film in mind where I want to play with some CGI/VFX using After Effects, not sure if or how I can do what I want to do. Not sure if and what I need to set it up before/during the shoot? Help appreciated!

-- rippling, pulsating mirror surface

-- face and/or hand bulging out of the surface of a bathroom vanity mirror, as if an extension of the mirror, like you see in movies like Mirrors, etc. The bulging face/hand should have the form of a face/hand, but the surface color/texture of a chrome / mirror surface.

I have Adobe After Effects, a giant (3'x3') piece of latex rubber sheeting (amber in color), bathroom vanity with a 14x18 inch rectangular removable mirror. I set up the latex sheet across a door passage so today I plan to shoot some footage of a face/hand pushing/stretching it out, record that on film, both with the natural amber color of the latex and also spray paint the latex green although I imagine it will end up as a craquelque effect which oddly could look interesting.

Any thoughts on how I can do what I want to do? Do I need to paint the mirror green for green screening, or if I keep the camera locked can I film the mirror as is and then crop it in Adobe for the ripple effect?

Do I need to paint the amber colored sheet of latex green for green screening?

Any help greatly appreciated! I have all my props and location for filming my short film, I just need to decide if and how I can do the face/hand effect out of the mirror, otherwise I will have to settle with just a ripple effect on the mirror surface and dark particles/smoke.

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Michael Szalapski
Re: Face/hand stretching out of the mirror effect ? (how?)
on Apr 19, 2011 at 2:58:08 pm

They achieved a mirrored hand look in the Matrix (when Mr. Anderson touches the mirror which ripples then starts taking over his body) in CG. You'll need a 180 or 360 degree image of the room where things are happening for the mirror to reflect. And a 3d model of the hand rigged for animating in your 3d application.

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Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Re: Face/hand stretching out of the mirror effect ? (how?)
on Apr 19, 2011 at 10:08:01 pm

That being said (Michael's post)I think it's worth taking a look at the new FreeForm Pro plugin from Mettle. It can not only do 3d displacement of a face/hand:

but now has also reflection mapping, so you may be able to use it to create what you need.

Reflection mapping on variable geometry:

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
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