Exterior to interior—and vice versa—can be very challenging moves to complete seamlessly. On this week's Rhino Tech Tip, we show how you can use Rhino Focus to smoothly rack your lens's iris control. Watch the tip to see how we use the 42" Pro Rails through a window and Rhino Focus to nail the extremes of both exposures.
Traditionally this shot would come at extreme cost and effort and only reserved for big-budget productions. For crew, it'd require the camera operator, 1st AC, 2nd camera operator, and potentially more. On top of that, they'd more than likely be on a steadicam/gimbal setup, have wireless transmission, and FIZ control (focus, iris, zoom). We'll complete the move using Rhino Focus, Arc II, and Slider with one camera operator/director.
The setup is rather simple, but there are a few key points to keep in mind as you plan your shots:
For our scene, it made the most sense to slide through a window. It also added fun elements that we weren't necessarily anticipating like the reflections off the window, being able to capture both halves of the story, and getting a deeper look within the character's home.
To complete the set up, here's what you need to do:
With a move like this, there is so much potential. You can do any combination of the shot. You could do a similar move with Rhino Focus on your zoom control. If you go this route, you can even use photo zoom lenses and add our included gear ring on your zoom ring. Whatever you do, simply go out there and get creative. If you use a move like this in a project, be sure to tag us @rhinoCG so we can see what you come up with.