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FILM: Bringing Up Baby - Apartment Building Splitscreen

by Clifford Galiher

As opposed to the practical effects used inside the apartment, once Cary Grant steps out the apartment door he is (along with Nissa & Hepburn) in the hands of Dunn's traveling wipes, carefully stitching together multiple takes shot on the same set. One marked limitation of the traveling wipe effect was that, due to the difficulty of matching camera moves, the technique could only be convincingly implemented in static camera setups. Note, in the lobby scene, how the camera freely pans across the set with Cary Grant, but remains fixed in place for the leopard and Hepburns' appearances. The lobby shot also reveals a subtle flaw in the traveling wipe: the shadow of the final passerby on the sidewalk evaporates just as Baby reaches the threshold. This points to another drawback of the technique; namely, that it is inhibited by the difficulty of precisely timing the characters' movements in the different elements (particularly in the case of a live animal).

FILM: Bringing Up Baby - Traveling Split-Screen 1

As opposed to the practical effects used inside the apartment, once Cary Grant steps out the apartment door he is (along with Nissa & Hepburn) in the hands of Dunn's traveling wipes, carefully stitching together multiple takes shot on the same set.

from Bringing Up Baby (1938)
Creator: Howard Hawks
Posted by Clifford Galiher
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