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Harness, green rope

Posted: Tue, 10th May 2011, 7:21pm

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Has anyone had any luck (or even tried) having a harness attached to a person with a green rope and a couple of guys pulling the person back? I guess it would be to simulate being blown back or kicked back. And then of course keying out the rope.

I hope I articulated that okay.

Posted: Tue, 10th May 2011, 10:13pm

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Typically, when someone wants to remove a wire from a stationary shot, they shoot a clean background plate and simply paint the wire out. For a moving or handheld shot, rotoscoping is usually utilized and the wire is painted out by hand (often frame by frame, though there are some tools to speed up the process). I've utilized both of these techniques with a large amount of success. If you film your shots correctly, it's actually less difficult than you'd think to pull off.

If you shot a clean background plate, the shot was stationary, and you painted the wire green, you may be able to key the wire out. However, the results would almost certainly look worse than simply painting the wire out entirely using the clean background footage (and skipping the keying all together). Not only that, but the wires typically utilized are usually very thin (so as to minimize the amount of content that needs to be painted out).