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James SmithCreating a shadow effect over live action
by on May 10, 2011 at 12:35:23 pm

I know this could be done as a practial effect in a studio, but I think it might also be possible in after effects. I'd like to create a scene of a large flying object that casts a shadow over people on a sidewalk. So the scene would be High angle shot of people walking on a sunny day. A shadow slowly spreads and they look up. The scenario is pretty common in film, but I can't figure out a way to achieve it that doesn't involve a lot of rigging.


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Dave LaRondeRe: Creating a shadow effect over live action
by on May 10, 2011 at 3:27:51 pm

How real does this have to look? Absolutely, perfectly photorealistic? Or something less?

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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James SmithRe: Creating a shadow effect over live action
by on Jun 7, 2011 at 2:41:23 am

The shadow doesn't have to match the object completely. Consider the effect of a plane blotting out the sun. The shadow wouldn't necessarily look like a plane, but a person would be aware that they were now in shadow. To be specific the shadow is being cast by a slow moving blimp.


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James SmithRe: Creating a shadow effect over live action
by on Jun 8, 2011 at 4:34:12 am

Sorry it took so long to respond, we've been having some crazy weather here in the southeast, and my car took some damage.


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