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David PearceChanging an actors body size
by on Jun 30, 2010 at 11:27:22 pm

I'd like to make an actor look really fat in one scene and really skinny in another. The actor was shot in front of a green screen. What's the best method of doing this?


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craig whitRe: Changing an actors body size
by on Jul 1, 2010 at 12:49:50 pm

With a fat suit and a skinny guy :)

With that said, the only thing I can think of is an animated scale/displacement/warp effect....assuming the talent isn't moving around that much. Is a re-shoot at all possible?

Craig Whitaker
MFA Candidate
New York University

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Dave LaRondeRe: Changing an actors body size
by on Jul 1, 2010 at 1:09:20 pm

I'm with Craig: this is the kind of thing you figure out how to do before you shoot, rather than shooting and trusting that some solution will turn up.

Dave's Stock Answer #2:

When you're out on a shoot, and you say, "we'll fix this in post" without knowing PRECISELY HOW you're going to fix it in post, don't shoot it! You'll only end up shooting it over again.

Since post typically costs three times the cost of production, fixing something in post is not a way to save money, but rather a way to spend more of it.

And, before you say "well fix it in post," always consider who's doing the work, especially if you're the one doing the work.

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

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