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Old December 28th, 2009, 09:58 PM   #16
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Tried the whip stuff and it flopped, horrifically. People posted more pics and I'll try those. Again, I'll post when I've got something workable for you all to critique.

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Old December 29th, 2009, 03:17 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by Matt Champagne View Post
Believe it or not, Children of Men really is almost entirely one take.
Not entirely:

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Old December 29th, 2009, 10:35 PM   #18
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I got the idea from watching some titling stuff done by arranging leaves and sand into words, then blowing them away with a leaf blower from a distance, the reversed footage then made the leaves and sand form the words.

Specifically, the thing that caught my in those instances was: If you need to end on any specific framing that's hard/impossible to get, start on the frame and move backwards, then reverse the shot in post. Used the technique in my feature at the end as well (still unwatchable as we had no clue what we were doing, but we learned alot from it, think I can re-edit to make it a passable 45 minutes) to end up as a super fast zoom into someone's XCU from a wide shot. I started in the final frame, then got pulled across the street in a wheelbarrow while zooming out to increase the speed of the zoom out and change some perspective with it... when reversed, the zoom in looked really dramatic.

And the luxury usually comes from that fact that I end up editing the footage too, so I can do whatever I need in camera/post to make the shot work :)

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That's funny Cole, for all the whip pans I've done in my career, I've never had the "luxury" of reversing the second one (it's a great idea though--just don't think it's ever come up)! Might have to pitch that for an exceptional hard one. Nailing a whip-on is always a crap shoot. The other brutal one of those is the snap zoom into someone's face, where you have to reframe as you are zooming (unless their face happens to be in the center of the frame, rarely the case).
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