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    Indy Spoiler

    My dad (a former imagineer) explained the bug room effect to me today. It is much more complicated than one might think, which is why almost no one would know how it was done (because it seems like the effect would be really simple).


    Basically, it's not a projector on a turntable as one would assume. The projector is actually completely stationary and there are three mirrors (at different angles) which reflect the image and then slide out of the way (one mirror at a time). And the image appears to slide across the round wall.





    I made an diagram (top view):

    (The mirror closest to the projector slides away first)

    The reason the image seems to "slide" across the wall is because it is really hard to distinguish where the image is hitting two different mirrors at the same time (you'd have to examine the bugs very closely to see the break between the two angles of reflection[thus two different images]).

    I think the reason they couldn't just use a projector on a turntable was due to the focal length, but I'm not certain on that.

    Anywho, thought you'd all like to know that, as we're all itching for more and more info about Disneyland.


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    Re: Indy Spoiler

    wow, I'm impressed, that's awesome, I figured it was a very simple effect. It's amazing what imagineers come up with.

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    Damn! I thought those were real bugs!

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    Re: Indy Spoiler

    Are they going to use that technique to make Harrison Ford look younger in Indy 4? :-)

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    Re: Indy Spoiler

    Quote Originally Posted by Barbossa
    Are they going to use that technique to make Harrison Ford look younger in Indy 4? :-)
    It'll take a lot more than mirrors to do that.

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    NOOOOO TheMagic was ruined!!!!!!


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    Re: Indy Spoiler

    Quote Originally Posted by a_hyperbole
    It'll take a lot more than mirrors to do that.
    Hey, that man will still look good when he's dead

    Cool, I always thought that it was just a little projector hitting walls. Thanks for the info!

    I kinda wish they'd enhance the film for it, though. Look awfully faded whenever I see it. And while at it, do something else with that rat room. The film for that is way faded too, you can't even make out what the darn thing is anymore.

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    Re: Indy Spoiler

    Hmm... how do they do the similar effect in Mummy? lol

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    There are actual rubber bugs on that wall, too, and way more than I'd thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill
    Hmm... how do they do the similar effect in Mummy? lol
    I'm pretty sure you just stop in front of a screen for that one.
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    Re: Indy Spoiler

    hmm... I always thought that that was done w/ a moving projector synch'ed to the
    vehicle. The one in Alice I know is probably similar.

    I agree that both films are faded. They should use a DLP for both. That shouldn't
    be too difficult if they still have the master.

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    Re: Indy Spoiler

    that's preety complicated, i don't know how a person could come up with that. on the topic of indy spoilers, i've heard many ideas about how the boulder comes toward you. does anyone know the true answer??
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    Re: Indy Spoiler

    Telescoping walls and a strobe light?

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    Re: Indy Spoiler

    I know, but only because I've done a walkthrough, so I'm not telling.

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    Re: Indy Spoiler

    The EMV doesn't move backward, but everything else does.
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