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Old April 24th, 2003, 06:45 PM   #16
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Charles- I absolutely love Scrubs! Kudos to you, sir, on a fine show! Is it half as much fun to work on, as it is to watch?
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Old April 24th, 2003, 10:04 PM   #17
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Thanks Keith. I don't want to get too far off-subject here, but yes, it probably is at least half as much fun to work on as to watch. The cast is a lot of fun and there's quite a bit of geniune belly laughs on set that never make it on air.
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Old April 25th, 2003, 08:04 AM   #18
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I think I've seen it somewhere once where a person was walking
towards the camera and they did the effect. It looked like the
road just kept getting longer and longer and although the person
was walking they really didn't get any closer to the camera.

This left me with an immediate feeling that although the person
is moving it is never getting closer to the things the person
wants. In this case, I thought it was a brilliant way to tell something
about that person without actually saying it!
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Old April 25th, 2003, 08:23 AM   #19
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"Poltergeist" in the hallway...
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Old April 25th, 2003, 08:43 AM   #20
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I haven't seen Poltergeist... so it couldn't be that one. It was
also outdoor...
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Old April 25th, 2003, 08:56 AM   #21
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The Hitchhiker maybe?
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Old April 25th, 2003, 09:03 AM   #22
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I don't know...

Poltergeist was just another example... Its fantastic when you nail it. A friend of mine did it and it looked like his nerves twitched...
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Old April 27th, 2003, 08:53 PM   #23
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Why not just accurately gear a follow focus to a dolly wheel to make it zoom in and out in precisely at speed and in proportion to the motion?

Then the camera operator would just have to concentrate on focus and not worry about speed and distance.

Just a thought.
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Old April 27th, 2003, 09:34 PM   #24
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You can blast me for this but I actually used that shot in a wedding once and got some excellent feedback!

I did the shot on a tripod with big wheels that roll relatively smooth and then in post I slow-mo'd the video (so that it was sensual and not dramatic) and just about everyone who saw the move asked how I did it and said that they liked it.

So store that one for a rainy day and a boring wedding and have some fun shooting it.

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Side note* Scrubs it great, I love the show and don't get to watch it except when I'm on the road.
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Old April 28th, 2003, 02:29 AM   #25
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Brendan:

I referenced such a setup earlier in this thread.

Ideally the camera operator doesn't even have to worry about focus, just framing--focus should hopefully be covered by a camera assistant! (not that common in the DV world, though...)
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Old August 27th, 2003, 11:08 PM   #26
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John Jay you beat me to the punch.
The scene at the Diner with Deniro and Liota in Goodfellas was the best I've see as well. Nice and slow.
The subjects remained the same size while the background exploded. (Not literaly)
Has anyone wondered if instead of a dolly in zoom out one would dolly out and zoom in?
Or has anyone seen or accomplished this effect?
Thoughts?
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Old August 28th, 2003, 02:31 AM   #27
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Play that scene from "Goodfellas" in reverse. That will demonstrate the effect.

I've seen the effect work in either direction. It all has to do with the intensity of the scene and what you want to achieve.

I just remembered another one we did on "Scrubs" first season. We were shooting a fantasy sequence that involved a firewalking gag on a bed of coals (faked for the scene, of course). The director wanted the feeling of the bed stretching out as the character became intimidated by the challenge. We enacted a dolly in/zoom out. As always, it took a while but we got it in the end. And then it got cut out of the show. Oh well.
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