Greetings, people of the internet! I have a topic I'd like to discuss with you today.
But first, let me say a few more things about yesterday's article 'How to Get Cinematic Shots on a Regular HD Camera'. I promised you guys I'd try to get the 'movie look and feel' using no video editor whatsoever, which I did in yesterday's video. That was a close up, and it's easy to get the sense of depth using the focus setting. However, here's a far shot:
The uploaded quality is not as good as the actual quality, which takes away the 'feel' of the picture. Either way, here's the trick with outdoor cinematic shots: grab your camera, switch White Balance to 'Outdoor', then adjust the exposure until you get the same color tone as it really is. You'll never get any blown colors, pixelated spots, etc. and it's a quick and satisfying result. You can read more in my other article.
Now- time for 5 Movie Urban Legends...
Ben Hur Chariot Scene Death
The legend says that a stuntman was killed during the legendary chariot race scene in the 1959 movie. While this myth has been proved false, there was also a Ben Hur made in 1926. This is where things get creepier. Horses that were injured during the action sequences were simply shot and a man did die on the set of the film, thrown 30 feet into a pile of lumber. It's also said that some extras drowned during some scenes in the movie, but there is no proof of these claims.
The Poltergeist Curse
The thing that started this legend is... there haven't been many movies where half of the cast died while doing the movie. Through the making of the 'Poltergeist' movies, child actress Heather O'Rourke succumbed to septic shock, Dominique Dunne was chocked to death, Julian Beck died of stomach cancer and Will Sampson died due to kidney failure. Coincidence? Yeah, probably.
But will it blend?
The Wizard of Oz Munchkin Suicide
In the scene where Dorothy and her friends are merrily skipping down the yellow brick road, some odd movement is captured in one of the trees in the background. After a close look, the odd movement seems to be caused by a munchkin actor who allegedly hung himself during the filming of this scene. Some say it was a bird, but on close- up...
I don't know about you, but that s**t looks quite human to me...
We've all seen the movie. Apparently, it's based on a real story. Here it goes... and this one is verified and true...
On a day in late August 2003, a pizza delivery guy called Brian Wells was about to end his shift when one last order came in. The caller gave Brian directions to a remote, abandoned TV Tower in the desert. Seems legit, right?
Normally, when arriving at a freaky place like this, I'd get the pizza and drive out of there Bullit style. But not Brian Wells. Nope. He was going to complete the order, no matter his minimum wage and life ahead.
What happened at the TV tower is unknown, but what we do know is that an hour later, Brian showed up at a bank with a time bomb around his neck and a note demanding a quarter million dollars in cash. Brian was apprehended by the cops in the parking lot outside, who didn't bother to check out the mystery explosives taped over the guy. By the time the bomb squad arrived, Brian had a giant hole in his chest.
The police also found a list of tasks on Brian, which were to be completed within a period of time or the bomb would go off. Unfortunately, the bomb would have gone off either way, since the time was too short for everything to be done.
Was this an elaborate plan to blame someone else for robbing the bank? Or is there an evil villain out there still pulling these stunts. In fact, this is a great movie plot- I WILL DO IT, NOT YOU.
Three Men and A Baby
A bizarre detail appears in the background of one of the shots...
It's called photo bombing, idiots.
During the filming of Three Men and A Baby, the producers decided to rent out a house to shoot in. Nothing seems unusual until the movie is released, and thousands of people notice a misplaced human figure in the background of one of the shots. Apparently, a boy shot and killed himself in the same home decades earlier. Could this be his restless spirit? Hell no!
First of all, the movie wasn't shot in a house. It was shot on set, inside a studio set up days prior to shooting. As for the little boy? That's a cardboard cutout of Ted Danson's Jack character, left there on purpose. Sorry, Scoob. Try someplace else.
And that was it for today. Be back with a new topic in 24 hours...