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james Baker
editing an eclipse?
on Mar 17, 2015 at 8:28:24 am

Hi there I am a filmmaker based in Plymouth, UK on Friday there will be a solar eclipse at 9:25 am, I wanted to film and use footage of surrounding landmarks as part of a story I have written where the world is plunged into darkness. I'm not looking to recreate the movement in the sky I just wondered if anyone knew of a way of perhaps moving a shadow across the earth or making the footage appear to naturally get darker, as I think the eclipse is only going to be about 80% darkness. In order for the film to transition into a noir I need this to be as smooth as possible.

any help would be greatly appreciated


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Dave LaRonde
Re: editing an eclipse?
on Mar 17, 2015 at 5:28:37 pm

Get a bunch of DSLR's, lock them down on the landmarks, and shoot time-lapse stills. No After Effects necessary.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Kevin Camp
Re: editing an eclipse?
on Mar 17, 2015 at 7:56:53 pm

you could also look for tutorials that cover day-to-night conversions.. the idea being you could take a day shot, then use some color correcting effects to make that shot look like night (or darker), then you could use a wipe to make it look like a shadow is sweeping across the shot.

here's one tutorial to get you started:

http://library.creativecow.net/articles/kramer_andrew/Day_to_Night.php

videocopilot.net has several others that deal with color adjustment to change the look of the original shot, and you should be able to find many others out there.

Kevin Camp
Art Director
KCPQ, KZJO & KRCW


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james Baker
Re: editing an eclipse?
on Mar 18, 2015 at 9:22:45 am

thank you very much I shall get right into this, will also try a couple for some time-lapse as well


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Daniel Barham
Re: editing an eclipse?
on May 6, 2015 at 3:12:25 am

try to darken the area around the camera so the moon pops more


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