Wednesday, August 22, 2007

InfoLink: American Experience - Behind the Scenes

For a documentary on James Eads, an American engineer, a miniature diving bell was constructed. This section on the PBS Web site talks about the process of shooting models with cinematographer Boyd Estus.

"Art Director Katha Seidman created a six-inch high model of Eads' diving bell using basswood, lead fishing weights, copper wire and a fish tank hose. The shot of the diving bell from below was achieved by shooting the reflection of the model in a mirror as the model was lowered into a water tank. The camera was on the outside of the tank. The mirror was positioned on the bottom of the tank at a 25-degree angle to the floor."

American Experience: Behind the Scenes

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