Tuesday, 11 February 2020

The Omen

To achieve the shot of Lee Remick's Katherine falling to the floor when she is knocked over an upstairs bannister in The Omen director Richard Donner dressed the wall to make it resemble the floor by attaching floorboards, plant pot, rug, fish and remnants of fish tank. He then had her stand on a dolly and twist her body as it was pushed towards the wall.

I love the simplicity of this in-camera effect. It makes me wish that today's film-makers would spend a bit more time thinking up practical solutions to achieving a shot before resorting to using a green screen.

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