September 28, 2015 at 7:14AM

0

How do I achieve this on a low budget?

Hi guys

Shooting a film next year and looking at various shots -

One the director and I are very dubious about is a scene where a man is in a coat on a beach. The man disappears and the coat falls to the floor - similar to his scene from paranormal activity -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94TF0i9kbUo - However the man wont be totally covered - he is wearing a trench coat.

If you can help out with tips I would very much appreciate it!

Thanks all the best

6 Comments

This looks like it could have been done with very fine "invisible" transparent thread, where you either attach multiple threads to get the "head" shape, and then release them all at once. Or you have a very shallow curved form under the fabric that is made out of a light material that is attached to "invisible" threads, that are suddenly released all at once.

September 28, 2015 at 6:21PM

4
Reply
Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer
30152

AM currently still researching - thank you -

Have maybe thought about trying some trickery with green screen (some stuff I've done before)

Thanks for the reply, really appreciate it :)

David Dearlove

September 30, 2015 at 1:18PM

I would love to see what you come up with! I am looking that sort of thing up to, I want an effect where someone disappears slowly but mine is easier since it is into fog so easier to achieve... good luck, hard to achieve ideas with smaller budgets!

October 3, 2015 at 1:55AM

8
Reply
avatar
Searean Moon
Director/Writer/Producer
209

I am guessing they had a round disk likely of foam suspended but later painted out the wires,

October 3, 2015 at 1:14PM, Edited October 3, 1:14PM

7
Reply

3d cloth simulation? Pretty decent nowadays.

October 5, 2015 at 10:27AM

0
Reply
avatar
Tobias N
Director of Photography
1363

If you don't have access to someone who can do it in post via cloth simulators in 3D software as Tobias mentioned (they have to be very good at it), or if you want to do this in-camera as much as possible, then your best bet is probably to create a placeholder "body" made of a large balloon (you can try manipulating its shape with rope to some degree). Then you simply pop the balloon. Then maybe utilize some simple compositing/rotoscoping to marry it to the shot of the actual guy.

October 5, 2015 at 2:40PM

0
Reply
Jaan Shenberger
designer/animator & live-action director/DP
1229

Your Comment