Smoke and Mirrors

April 29, 2001 tips & tricks

From Michael Orta

Here is a shooting trick I developed using mirrors. Whenever you want the audience to feel the action coming at them (for example: a train, automobile, water, or whatever) you can purchase 5X8 mirrors and place them where the action is coming right at the mirror as you shoot in the mirror having the audience fooled as if the action is coming right at your lens. I used this trick during a train accident involving an automobile. Our station did a follow-up on railroad safety and I had the train drive right into the mirror,cool effect. You prop up the mirror with the same props you find in the back of picture frames…


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