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Joseph FathereeShutter Island Paper Scene
by on Dec 3, 2010 at 8:10:12 pm

I'm doing a movie that has a girl in a dream-like hallucination. She is seeing inanimate objects in her room moving about. In one scene, paper flies off her desk and floats around the room. How do I get paper to fall down slowly and erraticly similar to the concentration camp scene in Shutter Island? I would like to see the paper falling like snow flakes. What is the simplest and most efficient way to do this?

Thanks for the help in advance.


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Michael SzalapskiRe: Shutter Island Paper Scene
by on Dec 3, 2010 at 10:21:08 pm

[Joseph Fatheree]"What is the simplest and most efficient way to do this?"

Grab a bunch of paper and drop it from above.
I would suggest you would probably want to shoot at a somewhat higher frame rate than you plan to deliver it.
You'll have to experiment on weight/thickness of your paper stock.

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Dave LaRondeRe: Shutter Island Paper Scene
by on Dec 4, 2010 at 3:46:58 am

Unless you have an unlimited budget to do this properly in 3D, I recommend Michael's advice: do this as a practical effect. You will doubtlessly come out ahead in the long run. Almost always, the best effects are practical effects.

Having said that, it would be a VERY GOOD THING to shoot this on a greenscreen, and key it into the shot with the talent. Watch the lighting, and use the very best camera you can find to do this.

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

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Tudor "Ted" JelescuRe: Shutter Island Paper Scene
by on Dec 4, 2010 at 9:12:31 pm

If all of the above does not suit you, you can try Free Form to create the animation in AE. Use a match moving soft to track the camera move and export that to AE ( Boujou, Syntheyes or Vodoo- I think this one is free). Use Free Form to distort layers of newspaper images and animate them falling. Multiple passes needed.
Or shoot some paper falling with a high speed camera....

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior Compositor/VFX Artist

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