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#1 Kyle Kearns

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Posted 19 August 2018 - 11:59 AM

I'm going to be shooting a scene where my character is watching tv in a dark room and pretty much the only light will be coming from the tv.

 

 

How should I go about lighting this to make it look real?

 

I've seen this tutorial, but I'm not entirely convinced it's the best way (It's at 2:10):

 

 

 

 

I also want to do a reverse shot showing the tv and what he's watching. Should I set the tv to a white screen then replace the screen with the footage of what he's watching in post? Does anyone ever actually shoot the tv screen playing in camera?


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#2 Adam Frisch FSF

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Posted 19 August 2018 - 12:48 PM

Just get a Skypanel and dial in the TV setting it has built in!  :)


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#3 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 19 August 2018 - 01:08 PM

Sure people shoot shots with TVs playing for real in them all the time! I just did one on Friday night...
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#4 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 19 August 2018 - 05:12 PM

Many of the panel LEDs (skypanel and Kino Selects and I"m sure others I'm unaware of) have a "TV" preset put in. Else you can get a Magic Gadgets flicker box and use tungsten heads which also has some TV settings. Or just go super low budget and use a hand dimmer on a gelled and softened tungsten head and have it pulsate a bit. With the off-screen sound of the TV any of those should "sell" the effect.


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#5 AJ Young

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Posted 20 August 2018 - 12:39 PM

A few more options for a TV gag:

  • Actually use the TV as the key light source, playing an video on the TV that will change in color/brightness frequently for a noticeable effect.
  • Don't have a hand dimmer? Randomly wave your hands in front of the key light to create the TV effect.
  • TV's project different colors, so if you can shoot two different colored sources into one diffusion frame and randomly dim those sources.
  • Avant garde approach: use a cheap projector to actually project an out of focus image of what the character is watching onto the actual character.

Good luck!


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#6 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 20 August 2018 - 06:07 PM

If you can stand the noise, a desk fan blowing hanging strips of toilet paper works quite well.

 

Or an intern with a big piece of cardboard, if you can't.


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#7 Ryan Constantino

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Posted 22 August 2018 - 06:34 PM

There are already a bunch of great ideas, but here is another. There are these "anti- burglary" devices that make it look like you have a tv on: 

 

https://www.amazon.c...t/dp/B003S5SOLG

 

it's like 30 bucks and might be a cool option. 


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#8 timHealy

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Posted 02 September 2018 - 01:16 PM

Lots of good simple ideas. Lite gear dimmers now have some basic programming but I would say it is limited. My favorite all time flicker device for lots of reasons including tv looks, fire effects, rythmic club and bar looks is a magic gadget shadow maker.

http://www.magicgadg...ct/shadowmaker/
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