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Alex Donkle
Frozen bullet during a live-action camera move
on Jan 25, 2008 at 4:49:13 am

I'm trying to figure out how to get a shot I need. It starts with a CU on a man's face with a bullet frozen an inch in front of his eye, then the camera dollies around into a profile shot showing the bullet's position more clearly.

Shot in a hotel room, noir style lighting. Trying to use a real bullet either put in on top of the footage or held in the shot and then somehow removing whatever's holding it in post.

Any ideas?


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Mike Smith
Re: Frozen bullet during a live-action camera move
on Jan 25, 2008 at 5:41:36 am

A single image can describe what you're looking for better.

-MS


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Topher Welsh
Re: Frozen bullet during a live-action camera move
on Jan 25, 2008 at 4:46:24 pm

So basically like the scene from Superman returns with the bullet in the eye... just the bullet is frozen in time...

If you have Zaxwerks Invigorator pro you could create a bullet in that and then position it to where you need to and add the rest of your elements... if you are dollying around the object... there isn't any way I know of doing it with still image. You are probably going to have to use some kind of 3D element.

Topher Welsh
Head Editor & Motion Graphics
http://www.scout.com


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Steve Roberts
Re: Frozen bullet during a live-action camera move
on Jan 25, 2008 at 5:06:17 pm

Oh, yes ... since the bullet doesn't move, I'd recommend hanging a prop bullet on fishing line on set. Then you'd remove the fishing line in post where you see it -- really easy, maybe with CC wire removal.

If you wanted to do it in post, the best way would be to get a 3D tracking solution such as Syntheyes, track the move around the room, export that 3D camera info to a 3D app such as Lightwave, create a bullet in Lightwave, and composite that bullet over the shot. Of course, you'd only do that if you needed the bullet to move, explode, or do something unreal.



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Austen Mathieson
Re: Frozen bullet during a live-action camera move
on Jan 27, 2008 at 6:19:34 pm

where do you get cc wire removal? it's ok i found it in cycore

Austen Mathieson
Austentatious Productions


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