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In Camera Lens Wobble FX

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There is an in camera lens wobble practical effect in the remake music video of this Joan Jett song for the movie Wayne's World 2 circa 1993. Any ideas how they achieved it?

 

Look around:

 

0:05-0:06

0:55-0:56

1:11-1:12 - (probably the most visible example)

 

 

Thanks!

 

-Andrew

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My guess is they did this in telecine. I only think this because there are other telecine fx going on such as the overscan/deysync, but most of all they saved the stretch/rotate for the wider shots that could be put anywhere in an edit. I could be wrong.

 

Clairmont has/had a rig they called the "Squishy Lens", but I don't think it could get this particular distortion. But it would have been easy on DaVinci.

 

There were a couple distortion lens setups towards the end of the 90s, Clairmont's and the Hylen, but hard to tell which particular one would have been capable of this particular distortion.

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I know I used something called a mesmerizer back in the early 90's on a commercial. My understanding was that it was a re-housed anamorphic lens that mounted in front of the camera lens. I don't remember who made it though.

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I have to say that the Joan Jett video just looks like someone rotating an anamorphic adaptor in front of the prime lens to me.

 

Certainly I think that would be the easiest way to do it.

 

Freya

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I have to say that the Joan Jett video just looks like someone rotating an anamorphic adaptor in front of the prime lens to me.

Freya

That's exactly what a Mesmerizer is! :)

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Kish Optics made the Mesmerizer. There was a front attachment for small primes and a rear attachment for zooms. Both had rotating cylinder lenses to accomplish that effect.

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