Monday, October 27, 2008

My Bloody Valentine 3D Pickaxe over Arm Sequence

The new 3D horror film My Bloody Valentine 3D is intended more to thrill and amuse than to horrify viewers. It even has a movie within a movie sequence where Movie-goers get to experience deadly 3D effects coming from the screen itself.

This kind of virtual audience engagement in the movie-watching experience has been done before like in one of the Gremlins movies and Arnold Schwarzenneger's Last Action Hero. But with new 3D technology, this promises more realism. But, like old-fashioned B movies, some effects still use tried and tested methods, like the pickaxe-over-arm technique.

In the sequence shown, masked pickaxe murderer strikes a victim, but the attackee actually brings his arm up against the pickaxe (rather than the weapon driving into it), which is really stationary, and thus hides it behind his upper arm - making it appear as if it's pierced right through.

This movie stars Supernatural's Jensen Ackles and Bulletproof Monk's Jamie King.

Watch the trailer of My Bloody Valentine 3D.

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Delayed Reflection in Twilight Flight Sequence and Crumpling Car Door Effect

Twilight is a "horror" romance, thriller about a teenage girl who falls for a teenage boy who apparently lives forever, eats fresh deer for lunch, and has powers like flight. The teaser doesn't really tell us much about the story, except that maybe the boy is a vampire, or something similar (because he can go without harm under daylight). But, of course fans of the book series already know about the characters and the situation they are in.

In one sequence, where the girl, Bella Swan (played by Kristen Stewart) already knows that the boy Edward Cullen (played by Robert Pattinson) is different, they go on a flight. But notice how their reflection on the glass of the door in the third still (bottom) comes in only after they are already way out the doorway? That shouldn't have been the case. But, then again, if you check how reflections are seen in a mirror, it just might be correct and this isn't a special effects mistake.

But here's another scene where our vampire boy stops a vehicle from slamming into his girlfriend. Notice how the surface of the door of the car isn't smooth - suggesting that it's made of some easy-to-crumple material instead of the usual metal. Just a little push on it and it would give like a beer can. It's a "mechanical" sfx.

Twilight is based on the novel saga by Stephanie Meyer.

In the Twilight movie, vampire Edward Cullen says he's been seventeen a while. His action figure is also made to look like seventeen, but it's sure to be a collectors' item for many more years. Order Edward Cullen now!

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