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Bringing Up Baby - The Traveling Splitscreen
by Clifford Galiher `

This footage from Bringing Up Baby demonstrates how fixed-camera footage was used to create a composite shot. Essentially, an invisible wipe traveled between each figure as it crossed the screen. While the three figures could never touch, they could occupy the same position at different times—a drastic improvement over the traditional splitscreen. The seamlessness of this effect relies on a static camera (timing two camera moves perfectly would have been too unreliable) and an interior set (i.e., no vegetation, passersby, or variable lighting) that would remain vritually identical from take to take. According to Linwood Dunn, the crew would shoot the leopard first to get a sense of her timing, then pace Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn's movements to elegantly accommodate her journey across the screen.

This Commentary is related to the following Clips:
Bringing Up Baby - Traveling Splitscreen Demo by RKO (dir. Howard Hawks) (1938) This footage from Bringing Up Baby (1938) shows how Linwood Dunn and the RKO Camera Effects Department seamlessly combined three separate takes into a single composite shot.