Blue/Green sock limb removal

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Blue/Green sock limb removal

Postby dingles on 04/9/2015, 11:19 pm

Hello, does anyone know a video online or a movie or tv show dvd which has a behind the scenes/making of etc feature on it that shows the whole process of using blue/green socks to remove limbs off people/things?

I spent a few hours googling but all i could find were article about it some with some before/after pics but no detailed information about the whole process or video.

I thought for sure I could find something about it with the walking dead and I found a few behind the scenes videos featuring it but they didn't show much of it or explain what was actually going on, the best one just showed the shot with the zombie with socks on their arms and without the zombie in it then the composited shot with the zombie with no arms but didn't show the process of them actually doing it in post.

I know i've seen a few dvd features where they spent a few minutes showing exactly what goes on showing the shooting without the actor then with the socked actor then into the post production office and explaining/showing them combining the 2 shots and replacing the sock with whats in the 2nd shot then putting in the stump, badages or whatever etc etc but I just can't remember what those dvds were and every one I have looked at has nothing about it in the special features.
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Re: Blue/Green sock limb removal

Postby Farmfield on 04/10/2015, 11:23 am

Here's how you do it in NukeX and Mari and personally I wouldn't even bother doing such a setup in AE as you really can't do good projection setups in it, Nuke or Fusion offers a more suitable workflow for that kind of thing.

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Re: Blue/Green sock limb removal

Postby Michael_Szalapski on 05/1/2015, 7:58 am

It depends on a lot of things in the shot, but for many shots, it would be easy to simply fill the hole left behind (after keying) with a clean plate of the background.
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