Friday, October 15, 2010

Nails at the Movies – No.1
Total Recall

Movie: Total Recall (1990)
Director: Paul Verhoven
Scene: Instant nail colour

Royal Rave: Lets get one!
This is an example of a simple effect that could probably have been achieved in the 1950s, if anyone had written a sci-fi script where a woman could change the colour of her nails with a tap on some future-gizmo. The nails are rotoscoped to provide an area for an animated colour transition to take place, and that's all there is to it. It's an elegant and not terribly expensive SFX that is 100% convincing.

Original post by Martin Anderson, Den of Geek, December 29, 2008

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