Forced perspective with a moving camera

How "Lord of the Rings" movie used forced perspective shots with a moving camera

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-3 1. Firebird commented 8 years ago

I don't get it :S
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+18 2. Noobeater commented 8 years ago

They used a camera?
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+16 3. jackDjohnson commented 8 years ago

Whatever it is that they did.. it made one of the best movies of all time !! :)
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+6 4. drunkmonk commented 8 years ago

I could have never imagined. :(|)
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+4 5. tsar911 commented 8 years ago

I wonder if they use the same technique to make Ron Jeremy look big in pronos...
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+10 6. Gorf commented 8 years ago

#1 When you are viewing a 2D image, your perspective is dictated by the camera and the way your brain interprets what it's seeing. Today's classic video, shows a 2D image which only works if viewed from one point.

If you see a person who looks much smaller than the one next to them, your brain assumes that because people are more or less the same height, the "smaller" person is further away. If you add a point of reference, such as lines that "suggest" a room shape, or similarly designed mugs that are different sizes, you suddenly have a point of reference, and assume the person holding the big cup is not actually further away, but physically smaller.

This "forced perspective" is spoiled when something tells your brain that something is wrong, for example of the two people look at each other instead of at the space where your brain thinks they are. Sometimes it can be spoiled if they move, but it's most definitely spoiled if the camera moves. This video shows how moving the actors and props is a clever way to avoid spoiling the shot when you move the camera.

It's how you know the interviewees in this LG promotional video are actors
They would have registered when they walked in the room that they are not facing a window, but a 2D picture. Even if they weren't paying attention, they would have realised it's a TV when they stood up and their viewpoint changed, but the TV didn't.
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-1 7. ringmaster commented 8 years ago

#3 if you look aside from the interpretation of the book, yes.
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+4 8. fjwjr commented 8 years ago

Just saw the second Hobbit movie today. It should be called The Desolation of Peter Jackson.
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+2 9. bigdisnotr commented 8 years ago

2:21 frodo`s shadow appears from under the front table ;)
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+2 10. schlafanzyk commented 8 years ago

I wondered why I always felt like they were not really looking at each other, just watching random scenes from the movie. I never actually saw the entire film, so the fact that I had no emotional connection to it allowed me to notice that very easily and now I finally know what it was. Awesome solution to a very fundamental conflict.
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+1 11. Sustagen commented 8 years ago

#9 you got sharp eye bro :)
2:22 on me when frodos hand that holding the teapot go down to the table.