Hello to everybody!
I've to shoot a scene where the sheets of a dictionary fly away from the dictionary towards the camera...I'd like to ask you if you know how to make this scene. I've tried with a paper tined to a invisible wire but I'm not happy of the result :(
thank you in advance for your help!
My first guess would be to make the dictionary really small and slightly far away. Use tiny papers at first, and then slowly use larger sheets as they get closer to the camera. That would amplify the distance the papers appear to travel.
But tbh I have never done anything like it, so my idea might not work at all.
ok, thank you:) I will try!
Good luck! I look forward to seeing the result!!
I did a shot with clay pasties flying through the air and landing on a door. I used fine nylon fishing line, which is almost invisible when you move something each frame. Be careful not to have a background that might allow it to be visible.
If you need the paper to curl or undulate as it flies, make the sheets from aluminium foil (thick stuff like in foil trays) then glue paper on both sides. Attachment point of the fishing line will be important - you probably need several lines for each sheet.
I flew the pasties by sliding them across some stiff wires located above the set. I made marks on the wire to indicate each frame's progression and to get the speed right. As soon as they hit the door I removed the fishing line and relied on sticking or pinning them. Your shot is the other way round, with the pages taking off rather than landing.
You might be able to use only two or three sheets, shoot them against a greenscreen with lots of variations, then composite them into the final result. If you do it this way then the tricky bit will be the pages ripping out of the book, but that is relatively easier as they will still be anchored/supported by the book.
I did a careful X-sheet to give the timings for each object flying, as I did my effect in camera. If you use the greenscreen way then this gets done in post. And finally, it will help to have a shallow depth of field. With the greenscreen method you can do all this by adding blur as you enlarge the flying pages.
Sounds complicated to me, changing the sheets for bigger ones. I would probably just use the original sheets for the whole shot and use a wider angle lens That makes the size change more exaggerated, and has a greater depth of field to keep the paper more in focus as it gets closer to camera.
I wouldn't use "invisible" wire, but stiffer wire so I could control the position of the paper better. It can be painted out afterwards. Also, I might stick foil (like Blackwrap) on the back of the paper, or sandwiched between 2 layers of paper, so I could animate it bending a bit. Either that or 1.5mm armature wire.
I haven't done exactly this, either. The nearest would be a whole comic book that is thrown through the air, then opens out and starts flapping it's two sides like bird wings and flies off. It spins around, but you never see the underside where the wire attaches. The page sticking up that is curling has black wrap inside it. I used 2 strands of 3mm (1/8th") armature wire to support it, and painted the wires out afterwards in TV Paint. This was shot against green screen, but if it was on a set, you would need a clan background shot without the papers or the wire so you could remove the wire and see what would be behind it.