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How to Give the Appearance of Feet off the Ground

Posted: Sat, 9th May 2009, 12:24am

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Darth Stazz the Powerful

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One thing that kills the realism when someone is flying in a video is seeing their feet flat, showing that they're filming while standing in front of a green screen.

My question is, what can an actor do in order to show that their feet are "off the ground", meaning that their toes are towards the ground?
Posted: Sat, 9th May 2009, 1:03am

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It can be as simple as placing some sort of block under their heels, to give their feet a bit of angle, or having them lift one leg upward as they are supposedly taking off, and standing the toes of their other foot, or as complex as having them stand of a sheet of tempered glass while you film from below, or having them in a harness so you can actually lift them using pulleys.
Posted: Sat, 9th May 2009, 4:07am

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I'm guessing the harness would be the best idea though maybe most difficult, but I think I have another one. How about shooting with their feet flat, then taking another shot with the actor sitting on a stool, with the greenscreen behind their feet. Then crop it until only the feet show, and stick it on top of your actor's feet. I think the same basic principle is what they used for the flying girl shot here.
Posted: Sat, 9th May 2009, 3:44pm

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It appears that Axeman's idea with the blocks is simple enough and may be the best possibility. That's not to say your idea was bad, Richard. Compositing the feet onto the footage and rotoscoping the movement doesn't seem too hard either. But the harness is out of the question, haha. Either way, thanks for the suggestions.
Posted: Sat, 9th May 2009, 4:15pm

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You'll actually want to try get the blocks under the arches of the actor's feet, not the heel, as you don't want any weight to be on their toes. All their weight should be on the arches of their feet so their toes can point downward freely. Not having both feet at the exact same angle will help sell it as well, though the angles should generally be close or it will just look unnatural.