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Old August 11th, 2012, 12:01 AM   #1
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creating effect of being dragged backwards down hall

i know this isnt where i would post this but im at a loss on where to post it?

we are doing a short film along lines of paranormal activity type. i know theres elaborate expensive ways to do this, but is there any alternatives not costing thousands of dollars to pull off.
want to show someone being pulled on floor down the hall from legs back as if someone has their legs and is pulling them back, theyre screaming with no control of what is being done. of course it has to look like noone is pulling them. im sure expensive ways involve cable etc.
also want to be able to show someone flying back into the wall as if they were thrown.
any sites show this? couldnt find anything on youtube
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Old August 11th, 2012, 07:27 AM   #2
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Re: creating effect of being dragged backwards down hall

with static shots, you just need somebody wearing a green zentai.
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Old August 11th, 2012, 08:24 AM   #3
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Re: creating effect of being dragged backwards down hall

This might work.
You could stage the shot in the opposite direction and then reverse it in post.

Place a strap around the chest and under the arms of your subject, bring the strap up their back and out the collar and then pull them down the hall with their legs extended out as though something was pulling on them. Keep your camera close to the head of the subject so no one sees the strap.

Reverse the shot and it will look like instead of being pulled away from the top of the hall, then are being pulled to it.
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Old August 11th, 2012, 08:31 AM   #4
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Re: creating effect of being dragged backwards down hall

Alternatively really piss off your wife/partner and have someone ready to shoot it.. pre pack suit case..
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Old August 11th, 2012, 12:49 PM   #5
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Re: creating effect of being dragged backwards down hall

In Rambo 3, there is a poor wretch being dragged away by the foot by the big russian guy. They did that one well. The victim spins, and rolls like a crazy dog on a leash or a fish on a line. If you use a black painted lanyard or surfcat rigging from an ankle strap under the cuff of trackpants or long trousers, if you are careful with lighting and throw a bit of smoke in, you may be able to conceal any rigging in the shot. The struggling movements and vocalisations may also help divert attention away from what is dragging your victim.

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Old August 12th, 2012, 02:17 PM   #6
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Re: creating effect of being dragged backwards down hall

i dont think this is what you are looking for, but maybe this technique comes handy for other "paranormal" activities:
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(thinking about it: this effect creates the illusion of "falling" - wich could also be used to emphasise a dragging-motion)
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