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Kalyan Tagore
Cyclist at SUNSET
on May 14, 2013 at 9:52:43 am

Hey friends,
I am making a short documentary about a Cyclist. The END FRAME of the video should be something like this...
" Cyclist approaching towards the Horizon (or SUNSET) "






But I dont have a perfect location like this to shoot..
What is the best way to achieve this shot by 'Compositing'??

Plz suggest me your views


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Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Re: Cyclist at SUNSET
on May 14, 2013 at 10:55:59 am

Shoot the biker on stands in a chroma studio with adequate lighting and a long lens (you'll need a chroma setup that will allow you to setup the camera close to the ground at a significant distance from the subject). Shoot some moving plant elements and the sun with a long lens as well. Then you can composite the shot adding maybe some heat distortion.

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior VFX Artist


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Kalyan Tagore
Re: Cyclist at SUNSET
on May 14, 2013 at 11:12:56 am

But Ted, this is a low budget film, I cant afford that kind a setup.
Now what is the alternative?


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Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Re: Cyclist at SUNSET
on May 14, 2013 at 11:21:29 am

Then best would be to find the right location.
If that's not possible:
Find a good location for the shot- road on a hill- where you can set the camera low and far to get the same look as in your reference shot, preferably with just blue sky as background. Shoot a nice sunset with the long lens as well. Comp the sun in the first shot and alter the color/levels to match the look you're after.

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior VFX Artist


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Kalyan Tagore
Re: Cyclist at SUNSET
on May 14, 2013 at 11:34:46 am

Thanx Ted.. this sounds cool. I guess I can make this look good.


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Cyclist at SUNSET
on May 14, 2013 at 1:34:37 pm

I would recommend that if you don't have the budget that you spend the time scouting locations.

There must certainly be a nearby road that runs east-west with a gentle slope and relatively few features next to the road.

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


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chris brett
Re: Cyclist at SUNSET
on May 14, 2013 at 11:42:41 am

Hi
---- for low budget version suggest...

1 ) shoot cyclist on location as per ref against a clear sky ( as much as possible ) so that the cyclist is essentially in silhouette.

2 ) luma key cyclist and landscape over a still frame of sunset.

3 ) add an animating lens flare to sell the shot.

4 ) if you have any footage of birds that will key maybe add a few as silhouettes as well........


............... wont win any prizes but if done thoughtfully with a few tweaks can look very effective.


-------------- all the best ---------chris --


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Kalyan Tagore
Re: Cyclist at SUNSET
on May 14, 2013 at 3:47:24 pm

Thx so much guys!... for the inputs. I'll try my best, within the given time.


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