Reviving this older thread.
I'm learning optical printing and I have questions about fading in a title with drop shadow over live action.
I gave myself a learning assignment and I'm hitting a wall.
My test starts with a clock wipe transition revealing the live action, then a title fades-in (with a drop shadow) and the live action turns into a double printed slo-mo, and at the end everything fades out.
I have created:
- Hand animated clock dissolve (18frames) on 5363 high con
- Hold out matte of title plus its shadow on 5363 high con
- Female matte of title only (black frame with clear letters) on 5363 high con
- IP of my live action from the original negative (I did the switch to double printed slo mo on that element)
The issue is I added an 8 frames fade-in using the variable shutter on the camera for both the title hold out and female mattes.
Now I'm realizing that when I start printing my final comp, and photograph the Hold out matte bi-packed with the interpositive and then go for the second pass - by rewinding and exposing the female matte (to expose only the white area inside the font)...because I added a fade-in on the female matte, it will expose and flash the IP when the title fades in since the base will go from clear to black.. stupid me.
I know I will have to reshoot my title mattes.
My question is how do you do a fade-in or out on titles with shadow?
My guess is that I could do the fade-in (using the camera variable shutter) on the hold out matte since this will result in a clear base with black letters, and only the black letters would fade in - that will be ok. Then when I shoot my female matte, I would shoot the matte element straight through with no fades so I have opaque black from start to finish. And when I rewind and shoot the second pass with the female matte only, I could use the camera variable shutter to fade that element in.
I think this could work but I have a feeling I'm overcomplicating it.
If you know the proper way to do this, or can suggest a book or two about the subject I would really appreciate your help.