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Monday, December 2, 2019

Two Optical Printer Matte Zooms In "The Bells of St. Mary's" (1945) (video)

Among the technical achievements of "The Bells of St. Mary's" (RKO, 1945)...

...are some lovely matte shots which combine live action with paintings.

These are used to simulate much larger sets.

In two of these matte shots, an Acme-Dunn optical printer is used... create artificial camera zoom-ins.

The effects are beautifully done.  And yet, by design...

...they are not noticeable to the average viewer.

Optical printer developed by Linwood Dunn
Special effects by Vernon L. Walker

I neither own nor claim any rights to this material.  Just having some fun with it. Thanks for watching!


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