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Slicing in Half [ANSWER]

Posted: Mon, 16th Oct 2006, 3:28pm

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Silentfox

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How could i slice something in half with like a lightsword?

what am trying to do is a duel where a accidental lightsaber goes
awry and slices into my clothes dryer.

of course i cant break my machine apart but is there a better way?

the number 1 question is how do I do it?
Posted: Mon, 16th Oct 2006, 3:35pm

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Xcession

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Theres the easy way, which will look amateur, or theres the more complicated way which will look decent.

Easy way, is to just apply a grading filter to the dryer as you slice through it, to make it look like it has a burn mark.

Better way, is to film your dryer against a greenscreen from the correct angle, then composit it into a separate shot which doesn't have it in. Duplicate the dryer footage, and mask out a chunk of the dryer in both versions - the chunk you want to cut off. Then, arrange the two pieces of footage on the timeline, so that when you slice the dryer, you can move the layer showing the removed chunk to appear like it has fallen off or been affected by the saber.
Posted: Mon, 16th Oct 2006, 4:50pm

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Silentfox

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Cool, and when filming a shot that doesnt have it in you mean like placing the footage against a still, then copying the shape data of the mask and placing it back on the main footage

I cant move my dryer so i could possibly take a picture the wall that it is covering from the room i am in that is blank and put that there so i dont move the dryer right?
Posted: Mon, 16th Oct 2006, 4:59pm

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You could cut and paste some wall from above it, but it'll be practically impossible to making the lighting look right.

You can only do so much digitally though - you're going to have to find a way to move the dryer.

On the big scale of "awkward problems needing to be overcome to achieve reasonable results", moving your dryer should bearly register on a film-maker's mind. If the shot is worth it, you'll find a way to move the dryer.
Posted: Mon, 16th Oct 2006, 6:46pm

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Silentfox

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hmmm.. yeah thank you.