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cutting someone in half

Posted: Mon, 23rd May 2005, 3:43am

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robosays21

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hey i was wondering if its possible to cut someone in half on chromanator. (like a blade went through them or something) or cut someones head off. in all, can i cut people into pieces for my zombie film!?!
Posted: Mon, 23rd May 2005, 4:10am

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Short answer: Yes.

Long answer:
Yes, with Chromy's masking system you can draw one or more masks on a layer and those masks will then become transparent, revealing whatever is underneath in the layer below.

So if you had the actor on one layer, you could add a mask (or use a garbagge matte) and cut out part of the actor, such as the actor's head. That would then reveal whatever is on the layer below, such as the background image/footage.

To do it properly, you would want to film your actor in front of a green/blue screen. That way, you would first key out the actor (removing the green/blue background) resulting in footage of just your actor with everything else transparent.

In addition, you can then animate the body parts so that, for example, a head appears to fall off a body.
Posted: Mon, 23rd May 2005, 9:44am

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Simon K Jones

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Check out some of Sollthar's tutorials. This one, for example:

http://www.nccinema.ch/efx05.html

Exactly the same techniques can be applied in Chromy.
Posted: Tue, 24th May 2005, 1:02am

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robosays21

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thanks guys but is it possible to show the corpse with head right next to it? the only way i can think of is to have 2 layers of the same shot. first garbage matte the head on the first layer and then garbage matte the body on the other layer. wow, i think i just answered my own question. lol biggrin
Posted: Tue, 24th May 2005, 3:08am

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Yep, the key is to use 2 layers. Either use the same footage or film it twice: once for the body, and once for the head, depending whether you want the head to be doing something significantly different from the body.

For example, maybe you want the body to fall and end up facing away from the camera, but the head to fall and end up facing towards the camera.
Posted: Fri, 15th Jul 2005, 2:06am

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Rabbit Hole Pictures

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hey, this is what i usually do

ill usually film the backround for like a couple seconds or more, then what i do is i stand in front of it, and i take a garbage matte and cut out my body.

btw, you leave the camera in the same spot

the only thing about this is usually the lighting will be different, so you have to mess with the brightness and darkness stuff.

have fun

justin jones
Posted: Fri, 15th Jul 2005, 2:07am

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what i forgot to mention was, youll get a cleaner cut if you do that, and not use a green screen

justin jones