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How to shoot up through hole in ground (help)

Cole Graham

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Im shooting a short film this weekend and the director wants a shot of a man shovelling dirt off the "lens" to reveal the himself standing over a hole in the ground in the forest. a Very classic Breaking Bad shot.


Would love any advice as to how I should accomplish this...


I've rented a Wide angle low angle Prism for the shot and I'm planning on buying a big sheet of plexi glass to put over the camera and cover with dirt.


Any ideas (besides digging a massive hole in the ground)







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Did this once where we had a hole-- took a black trash can, cut out the bottom, lined the rim up top with stuff-- branches, leaves ect,and raised it up on apple boxes. Used a 90 degree backer and a hi hat to put the camera in the center, used plexi to cover it as well as a optical clear filter. Also blacked out the sides around the plexi to keep all reflections off. and had a kit climb up a little apple box staircase, and shovel in some dirt. Worked great.

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