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The Kid Stays in the Picture

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 30, 2003

The story of Hollywood mogul Robert Evans is reason enough to tune into this film, but the on-the-cheap special effects are notable as well. The primary effect — building on Ken Burns’ technique of panning and zooming across photographs to create the illusion of motion — separates the subjects of photos from the backgrounds and then panning each at different speeds, creating a remarkably alive 3-D “scene”, almost like Bullet-Time from the Matrix, only with photos.

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