15 Answered Questions for the topic effects

07/30/19

Extract person from video?

Is there a way to extract a person from a video without having a blue- (or green-)screen?Any software which can do this?

07/08/19

How to create and film ghost special effects?

I need to film a piece that is supernatural in nature and has several characters that are ghosts. I've thought of numerous ways of accomplishing this but would like some suggestions on which would... more

07/07/19

How to add motion blur in timelapse videos?

I remember watching a video about timelapse photography. There was a moment when the narrator explained that there is a specific trick to make the videos "smoother":- In the timelapse videos which... more
Effects Film Terminology

07/04/19

Term for faking something in a movie related to set or lighting?

So, I was under the incorrect assumption that the term "gaffe" referred to creating something that just looks close enough to pass on screen. I'm certain I heard this term used for barnum and... more

06/21/19

How are water scenes (with flooding) achieved without injuring actors?

Sometimes you see scenes in movies where characters are in a boat below deck, or in some other circumstance where water comes rushing in and knocks them over and they go sliding off camera.How do... more

Export vector design from Illustrator to photoshop and back?

How do I take a gradient vector design into photoshop, add noise to it, and then return it back into Illustrator without the white background?

How did they shoot the Las Vegas scene in "Now You See Me"?

How did they shoot the Las Vegas MGM Grand scene in "Now You See Me" (2013)? At the beginning of the Las Vegas scene there is a very large auditorium with a rotunda stage and the camera's viewpoint... more

05/02/19

How are the face cuts done when Dexter takes his blood samples of his victims?

Whenever Dexter has his victim on the slab ready to be killed, he cuts them with a surgical knife and takes a blood sample. Obviously the knife is fake and the blood is fake but quite often you... more

04/30/19

How did they film the gun spinning scene?

In "End Times" (Season 4 Episode 12) of Breaking Bad, there is a scene of Walt sitting near the pool. He places his gun on a table and spins it. The gun ends up pointing at him. He spins it again,... more

04/29/19

Is there a rating of the 3D-ness of a 3D movie?

If things aren't thrown in my face during a 3D movie, I feel somewhat disappointed. I also appreciate the use of 3D to enhance a wide-angle shot, a humorous close-up, give a subtle sense of depth,... more

Alice growing effect in 1972 "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" - how was it done? It's not green screen?

How was this scaling effect done? My first assumption would have been green screen, but it's clearly not - she's taking on all the light and shadow from the scene around her. Even modern green... more

03/27/19

How was the electromagnet scene filmed?

In the first episode of season 5 of Breaking Bad, a large electromagnet is rigged up in a truck, and placed next to a building. The camera shows the contents of the building flying across the room... more

03/26/19

Why do professional green screens look so much better?

Why does the average green screen, such as one on the local news station, or some video on YouTube, leave an outline and is obviously fake, but in some movies these effects look totally real. I was... more

03/18/19

How do they film someone being stabbed with a weapon that goes all the way through?

How can you film someone being directly stabbed through any part of the body (especially the head, as seen in Game of Thrones) when the camera has not shifted angle at all?

Post production removal of uneven green screen with glass object shattering in foreground?

We have a glass object falling and shattering into many shards. Unfortunately the green screen was uneven causing different shadings on the background.Our edior says to use the shot, he would have... more

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