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Benjamin ThompsonChange clothes on actor, one shot.
by on Jul 30, 2011 at 4:40:42 pm

I've seen this done a few times but different situations in each.

This is a one shot, room to room, down stairs etc where the camera pans away and back again and when it returns the talent has a different outfit on.

Any suggestions on how to do this best?

Morphing cuts? Roto? 3D?


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Chris TompkinsRe: Change clothes on actor, one shot.
by on Jul 30, 2011 at 5:13:44 pm

Motorized control of the camera so the move is precise, exact, every time.
Then, mask between 2 shots.

Chris Tompkins
Video Atlanta LLC


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Benjamin ThompsonRe: Change clothes on actor, one shot.
by on Jul 30, 2011 at 5:23:00 pm

Thanks Chris.

With the budget and distance covered in the shot I think motorized is far above our budget. Any other ideas on a smaller scale budget?


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Chris TompkinsRe: Change clothes on actor, one shot.
by on Jul 30, 2011 at 5:26:30 pm

twins?

Chris Tompkins
Video Atlanta LLC


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Benjamin ThompsonRe: Change clothes on actor, one shot.
by on Jul 30, 2011 at 6:00:10 pm

That might cost more than a motion controlled camera haha.

bravo.


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steve agriosiRe: Change clothes on actor, one shot.
by on Jul 30, 2011 at 6:36:03 pm

it depends .
If this is a dslr project, then a motorized slider [ the market is full ] sounds ideal, but you cant have a free camera movement.
For a heavy film camera my approach may bypass lots of obstacles and cost, plus you can have more complex shots.
it sounds tricky-dirty but its just a compositing.
This procedure was effective for me in the past.
Having twins in the scene is the easiest way and it will return best results.
But unless u r running a good production and u r lucky enough with casting.
I'll take that bravo as a friendly comment.
making suggestions and having a chat by the same aspect is always preferable.
cheers.


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steve agriosiRe: Change clothes on actor, one shot.
by on Jul 30, 2011 at 5:53:49 pm

hey depends of the style of the shot,
but in case there is no complex camera movement, I'd recommend this:
Start your camera rolling, do the movement as you like [ almost ] and while your talent/s is out of the shot, tell them not to appear in this place for the camera return.
So you will end up with a clean plate/ empty room.
Then u may try to fix a backdrop green screen in this final location of the room/space.
Mount your camera on tripod/panther but don't make any movement for the green screen part.
Bare in mind to have the same angle/lens/lighting as it should be in the final shot .
Set your talents against green screen backdrop.
Continue filming the scene.
Then use a 2d/3d camera tracker to get a virtual camera of the shot that you filmed previously .
Composite the end part.
Since your shot will be in a house or something there would be lots of useful points for tracking.
However you can always set a decor that will help with this.
If you need your talents to be sitting on a sofa/bed try warping green fabric on the furniture [ this wold make it quite hard ]
lighting - shadows and a good chroma keying will do the trick.
But in the end it might work.
Hope it helps .


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Benjamin ThompsonRe: Change clothes on actor, one shot.
by on Jul 30, 2011 at 6:46:11 pm

Chris: Bravo was indeed meant to be positive and not mean in any way. :)

Thanks for all of your suggestions guys. I'll talk with my DP about some possible solutions.

Much appreciated.


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Barend OnneweerRe: Change clothes on actor, one shot.
by on Jul 31, 2011 at 12:46:36 am

You can always do the pan in post. Shoot completely locked off, and shoot multiple overlapping frames that you can stitch together in After Effects (you'll need to remove lens distortion using a mesh warp to get the images to stitch nicely - ideally you shoot a separate grid to have a good reference for the warping on the lens).

Once you've got your stitched pano you can map it onto a sphere (or use Trapcode Horizon) and pan an AE camera within it.

Raamw3rk - digital storytelling and visual effects


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