Roquetas de Mar - Pan/Glass Shot


The Set Construction Crew built a spacious Set for 'Play Dirty' in the Port of 
Roquetas de Mar (Almeria).
The large-scale Set was needed for an ambitious 'panning glass shot' designed by British
Matte/Foreground Glass Artist Ray Caple. Ray was a student of the great master Les Bowie.
What a photo - Parts of the set are reflected in the sunglasses of Jack Wallis (SP/FX Assistant).

Roquetas de Mar - A supply port for the Nazis... in 'Play Dirty'!

Roquetas de Mar, 1968.
Whatever they filmed here found no way into the final cut.
Special Effects wizard Kit West on Set in Roquetas de Mar, 1968.
Roquetas de Mar, 1968.
SP/FX Supervisor Kit West standing in the middle, flanked by Assistant Director Carlos Gil and 
Director Andre de Toth.
The complete fishing port was redecorated to an African Nazi supply port with lots of 
oil barrels and vehicles.
Roquetas de Mar, 1968.
Kit West and Director Andre de Toth... ready for The Shot!
The pan shot in the port of Roquetas de Mar. Composed of 4 frames (screenshots). 
Everything on the right side of the wooden pylon was filmed through a thin pane of glass.
Why did they do that?
The vessels on the right side, behind the breakwater, are only painted!
A painted background. Painted on a thin pane of glass in front of the camera with great care for 
scale and perspective. The result looks great!
'Play Dirty' screenshot. On the right side the thin pane of glass.
Roquetas de Mar, 1968.
Another 'Play Dirty' Screenshot.
Do you recognize a difference between the right and the left side of the wooden pylon?
There seems to be a difference...
The painted vessels. Roquetas de Mar, 1968.
The Magic Chamber - The Pan/Glass Shot was filmed through this thin pane of glass. 
Ray Caple (Matte/Foreground Glass Artist) is discussing the Scene with Edward Scaife (DOP).
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Matte Artitst Ray Caple makes final preparations for the elaborate scene.
The ships in the harbor only exist as small paintings on a thin pane of glass.
Many things need to be considered for such a glass shot.
A stable and secure camera position, light from the correct angle... are very important.
The glass must be crystal clear. Even the smallest dirt has to be removed.
The scale and perspective of the painted ships must be perfect for an outstanding visual effect, 
that no one noticed!
What a job! It's a shame that Ray did not get credit for this great work.
Matte Artist Ray Caple is ready for his ambitious pan through glass shot for 'Play Dirty' - May, 1968.
The camera pans once through the whole port of Roquetas de Mar.
The painted on the glass ships. They only work optimally in the composition with the live action scene.
Special Effects Supervisor Kit West, like Ray Caple, one of the old Les Bowie boys. 
The legendary old master of British FX history.
The Mediterranean sea is reflected in the crystal-clear glass.
Wait a minute! The chimneys of 2 of the painted ships smoke ...!
How is that possible?
Roquetas de Mar, 1968.
Look at the photo! Only the ships are painted. The chimneys are real!
Two real tubes/chimneys combined with the painted on glass vessels.
The 'Smoke f/x crew' waits for the 'command to smoke'.
Kit: "Diesel Oil burnt for black smoke from tubes"
The finished glass shot is a composite of different small elements.
Only when all are well matched no one will notice the illusion!
The Magic Chamber - 'Play Dirty' Set - Roquetas de Mar, 1968
It was not always easy. Kit enjoys a vanilla ice cream...

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