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Filming Tips

The footage used with this article was created using a camera-mounted tripod to film an actor firing a weapon across and at an angle to the camera. The actor pulls the trigger to indicate the point when the laser beam should appear.

When creating a scene like this, try to make sure that the actor's "weapon arm" is well inside the field of the camera, to enable the laser beam to be onscreen for the maximum amount of time. The closer the weapon is to the far edge of the screen, the shorter the laser burst will be. Check also that the weapon is large enough to be seen by the audience and that the background is different enough for both the beam and the weapon to show up (see Figure 1).

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