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  • Shooting Suggestions-Freezing half the screen

    Posted by Daniel5000 on April 19, 2005 at 11:19 am

    I would like to shoot a conversation between two people. At certain times in the finished sequence I would like to have one of the persons

    Chad Treanor replied 19 years, 2 months ago 4 Members · 3 Replies
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  • Todd Mcmullen

    April 21, 2005 at 1:59 pm

    Are you thinking about one wide shot with both speakers? Or seperate shots of each speaker?

    Todd McMullen
    Flip Flop Films

  • Steven L. gotz

    April 22, 2005 at 7:56 pm

    Basically, it sounds like a simple matter of using a split screen. Two versions of the same clip shown with a split down the middle so you can pause one side. The trick will be getting them back into sync. The two actors will need to really have it well rehearsed because as soon as he unfreezes, which to him was no freeze at all, he will need to be in sync with the other guy.

  • Chad Treanor

    May 11, 2005 at 5:32 pm

    first of all, please post your information on your profile so we can know what your working with and what you do . . . all that fun stuff, plus it gets answers to questions faster for those who want to know this info. Speeds up the whole process of getting what you need to know.

    You can do this a number of ways.

    One way would be to do the crop composite of the Left Person video clip on top of the Right Person video clip. You could shoot the Left Person while the Right is off screen (but still speaking his/her lines).

    Then without moving the camera you could shoot the Right Person’s action while the Left Person is off camera (& still speaking their lines-for timing of cours). Then you could digitize the footage.

    Once you’re in post, you can put the Left Person’s clip and crop it’s right side off and put the Right Person’s clip underneath that. That way you get a perfect match (if the camera wasn’t moved). Then you have the choice of either doing a freeze frame or using an exported frame to cut to as your freeze frame options.

    Depending on what kind of camera you have…I know my sony has a function to overlay a digital picture (taken by the camera or just put on the memory stick) over the video. I use this function to check continuity when i have to break a scene into two days and for just simple checking myself on space issues when shooting something like this that will eventually be composited together. You can bring up the picture of the Left Person and bring the opacity down so you see where the Right Person would stand and double check your work. -just food for thought-

    I’d like to see how this comes together and I’m interested in the direction you take this.

    hope this helps.

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