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Old 09-08-2015, 04:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Mazryonh View Post
You're still not getting the full recoil from these quarter-loads, which depending on the weapon is clearly not realistic-looking, but this would be generally noticed only by those familiar with those weapons. As for cutting down on firing noise, aren't actors in firing scenes always wearing hearing protection?
Cast and Crew still wear hearing protection. The cast has to push those foam plugs WAAAAYYYYY into their ears and the Makeup artists touch it up to look like a natural part of their ears. It's still a super hassle. A quieter 'bang' is seemed to be liked by everyone....except ME hahahah

Originally Posted by Mazryonh View Post
Do the post-production houses also put in the brief change in ambient lighting that real muzzle flashes put out, which is most noticeable indoors? At quarter-power, those likely aren't going to be noticeable at all in daytime lighting conditions, especially with flash-suppressor-using weapons.
Only the really GOOD movies do that. Many movies just do the bare minimum. To be fair, even a partial power blank will make the scene look a whole hell of a lot better than a stupid Airsoft gun and the actor 'mime firing'. I hate those things.

Originally Posted by Mazryonh View Post
How about older movies like Heat? The muzzle flashes during the film's most famous shootouts were rather unrealistically large given the flash suppressors on those weapons.
Nope, those were standard "full flash" blanks. That's how they look. Full auto fire also tends to burn up MORE powder efficiently than semi auto, thus creating an even bigger fireball than a semi auto gun.

Originally Posted by Mazryonh View Post
I also heard that in the movie Passchendaele, the filmmakers actually used blanks with more powder than usual, though I didn't hear the reason why. Was it to get more impressive muzzle flashes out of the WWI firearms in that movie without the need for post-production enhancement?
It depends. more powerful than what? Milspec training blanks in many countries suck and are wimpy. Check out our own 5.56mm training blanks. You can barely hear them. They could be just the standard 'Full Flash' movie blanks that everyone uses (or well .... 'used' to use).

For the record, whenever I have a say, I go with the full flash blanks. I think it looks better and the actors react a lot more believably when they're rocking the big fireballs.....
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