Movie Magic: Secrets of the Film Editors Code Revealed (Part 1)


If you’re a TV buff like I am, chances are you’ve watched the masked magician in action as he revealed the secrets behind magic’s greatest illusions and tricks.

Well here I am the Movie Pool version of the masked magician revealing Movie Magics greatest secrets! Do forgive the mask.  It’s so film editors won’t hunt me down and flay me alive.  That and I always wanted to look like a lucha libre!

The Parent Trap

For the first segment of Movie Secrets Revealed lets start off with the film Parent Trap.
In it we see Lindsay Lohan before the drugs, the drinking, the bisexuality (not that it’s a bad thing)
and the naked photos. One must wonder what happened to the girl. She looked so sweet in this
movie. Well she is a Disney star and all things considering so was Britney Spears and we all know how that turned out and with Miley Cyrus currently on her way to infamy as well sometimes I’m not
surprised. One must wonder what they do to them over there.
Going back on topic the most noticeable bit of film editing magic they used was a technique called split screening. Remember seeing two Lohan’s on film? That wasn’t a body double with a incredibly good makeup nor was it a long lost sister of Lohan that went into hiding after the film was produced (I think…..). The effect was done by superimposing one film strip scene onto anotherand having them both play at the same time.

That’s the gist of it, if you want a very complicated description of the process here it is: The actress was filmed as she stood at the left of the frame facing right. Then she was filmed standing at the right and facing the other way. The negative of the first action was placed into a printer and copied onto another negative, the composite, but this other negative was masked so that only the right part of the original picture is copied. Then the composite was rewound and the negative of the second action was copied onto the right side of each frame. On this second pass, the left side was masked to prevent double exposure. This technique is then carefully hidden by background lines, such as windows, doors, etc. to disguise the split.

Now which version did you like better?

If you want a better idea on how this effect is made I have provided a link to  video below.
watch vid here –

Difference between Blue Screen and Green

In this segment of the series I won’t go into too much detail about the use of blue screens or green screens however I will answer the difference between the two. Both are used for superimposing backgrounds behind an actor to make him appear as if he is in a different location however the primary difference between the two is that when doing outdoor filming green is used more
often than blue due to the fact that the blue in the sky might meld with the blue in the screen and cause a distortion when the filming is made. Not only that green has been used more often lately because it has a better result in digital camera as compared to a blue screen which requires more light.

For a more detailed difference between the two refer to the extended explanation below.

Blue is generally used for both weather maps and special effects because it is complementary to human skin tone. The use of blue is also tied to the fact that the blue emulsion layer of film has the finest crystals and thus good detail and minimal grain (in comparison to the red and green layers of the emulsion.) In the digital world, however green has become the favored color because digital cameras retain more detail in the green channel and it requires less light than blue. Green not only has a higher luminance value than blue but also in early digital formats the green channel was sampled twice as often as the blue, making it easier to work with. The choice of color is up to the effects artists and the needs of the specific shot. In the past decade, the use of green has become dominant in film special effects. Also, the green background is favored over blue for outdoors filming where the blue sky might appear in the frame and could accidentally be replaced in the process.

For tutorials on how to set one up just watch the video below

Expect part two within a few days!