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#1 Miguel Bunster Claudet

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Posted 10 October 2018 - 02:57 PM

Hi,

 

I got a last minute job where we are shooting a scene in a tanning bed, most of the shots are with the tanning bed a few feet away from camera but its always on. Some shots are with the lens in the tanning bed. Now we don't have time to test or change bulbs or fake it.

So wanted to ask if anyone had experience on shooting around such a heavy UV device?

Thanks and best!

 

Miguel Bunster Claudet

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#2 Bruce Greene

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Posted 11 October 2018 - 10:18 AM

Do you have an actor in the bed too?  If it were just a quick shot of the bed, I'd say leave the lamp off until you roll, then turn it off.

 

But a scene?  An actor in the bed?  Crew near the bed?  No.  You need to fake it,

 

I recently shot a scene in a medical clinic where they had a UV lamp used for disinfecting the room.  We wanted to use the lamp to light the scene as it looked really cool.  The doctor said no, too dangerous.  We ended up using our own lamp in it's place with a strong blue gel.

 

Sometimes you need to say no.


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