Mudhalvan and Boys are two super hit Indian movies language in Tamil and later remake to many other language as well.The specialty of these two movies were its special effects and outstanding camera works. Both films were directed by Tamil Director Shankar. In this post I would like to explain a little bit about a special scene in which the camera orbits around the hero whose movement is captured as still. In the film, “Boys” this technique was used in a song starting “Ale Ale”. In this song many scenes were packed with this technique.
Also, you can see in the Tamil film, “Mudhalvan” and in Hindi film “Nayak”, an action scene in which the hero fights with villains in muddy water for almost 2 minutes. This scene is also stuffed with similar kind of technique.
HOW TO CREATE CAMERA ORBIT AROUND STILL OBJECTS EFFECT
Creating such a scene is not an easy technique. If you wish to create a specific action to be shot as camera orbiting around the actors, then you need multiple still cameras surrounding the subject. The cameras are fired sequentially, or all at the same time, depending on the desired effect you wish to achieve. Individual or single frames from each camera are then sequentially or path wise arranged and displayed consecutively to produce an orbiting viewpoint of an action frozen in time.
Depending on the number of camera, path in which they are arranged to take the shot, and frames per second will determine the perfection for this effect. While fixing the frame from individual shots, the camera image on opposite side can be filtered out by using color filter. Recently computer software are available to produce virtual images to produce this effect. Due to the unaffordable cost, directors may choose using real set of still cameras to attain this effect. Try Nikon. This is not a recommendation, but as a pointer to perform some experiments back at home.
Just watch the song “Ale Ale” in Youtube and feel the chill of this special effect.
Here is explained how the above given song was made beautiful with this effect. Below given shots from 11 still cameras that took the image of throwing water between each other, at the same time but from different angles. In this shot, all the cameras are fixed below the knee length. Each image is from each camera and the final image is the continuation image which is captured in normal Movie camera. From this image, the scene will proceed as usual.
So after finishing your experiments, if you have any doubt, comment here to ask me.
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