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Old July 1st, 2007, 08:24 AM   #1
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Passage of time effect

What effect do you create for showing the passage of time? I want to transition to an event that's occurred in the past. A few times I've used Gaussian blur, and white flash, but neither have been very convincing. Thanks.
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Old July 1st, 2007, 10:02 AM   #2
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The most convincing are often not transition effects but actual footage that conveys the passage of time. This can range from the very simple to the complex. A simple passage of time shot would be a shot of the hands of a clock or the pages of a calender moving fast, whereas a more complex shot could be a shot of a tree going through all the stages of the seasons, clouds racing across the sky or the sun rising and setting.

If you're just looking for a purely digital transition, the ones you suggested are fine. How about some simple text. white on black background, 'Two months ago' or a combination of the transitions and text. One used a fair bit in tv is a 3D spin effect, where the image is spun around to convey the passing of time.

It all depends on the production; if you're making a feature, one of the more artistic and complex shots would probably be more appropriate, whereas a simple digital transition would work perfectly well for a TV cookery show etc.

Many films which play with time simply rely on locations and the appearance of the actors to convey the time period- Godfather 2 springs to mind, with the transition between the de niro vito corleone and al pacino are simple transitions but the passing of time is anchored due to the locations.
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Old July 2nd, 2007, 10:49 AM   #3
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Thanks Joe. Those are great suggestions for showing the passage of time. I'm still thinking about how to transition to a previous event in time, but for now I think I'm going to use your suggestion of simply a black screen with text.
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