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#1 samm Parnell

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Posted 22 March 2006 - 02:28 PM

hi all,

I need a way to re-produce the look of police cherrys, without the actual prop.

I was thinking of setting a two stage gel (top blue bottom red, kinda like a flicker stick) on a frame and running it over the face of the light (1k). We only need a hint of this for a short 5 - 10 second shot on the faces of two people advancing towards camera. I have tested this a bit but it doesn't look right, hard to get the light to look real.

any suggestions about other methods or where to go from here?

thanks so much for any help.
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#2 Daniel Madsen

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Posted 22 March 2006 - 02:52 PM

How about aiming two lights (one gelled red, one gelled blue) onto two seperate reflectors and rotating them on light stands.

You might also get away with simply dimming these same lights in a way where only one is on at a time.
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Posted 22 March 2006 - 03:13 PM

that relflection idea sounds like somthing that might work, thanks dude.

I would use the dimmer idea but we won't have any dimmers for this, despite how cheep they are to get the production has set its limits.

so if im getting you right i would aim the relfectors towards the same spto on the subjects but at different starting angles in realtion to the face of the light? then rotate back and forth between the two?

Im going to test that out and thanks again.

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Posted 22 March 2006 - 03:27 PM

hi all,

I need a way to re-produce the look of police cherrys, without the actual prop.

I was thinking of setting a two stage gel (top blue bottom red, kinda like a flicker stick) on a frame and running it over the face of the light (1k). We only need a hint of this for a short 5 - 10 second shot on the faces of two people advancing towards camera. I have tested this a bit but it doesn't look right, hard to get the light to look real.

any suggestions about other methods or where to go from here?

thanks so much for any help.


The "flicker stick" probably doesn't look real because the color change switches direction, rather than sweeping past their faces in the same direction. How about mounting the two filters on a large disk, that is rotated past the front of the light? That way, the color change will sweep across their faces as a real police car light might. How about a rotating beacon that would give the "real thing" if you gelled them with the colors you want. They aren't that expensive:

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#5 Luke Prendergast

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Posted 22 March 2006 - 05:17 PM

Search the site. It has been discussed several times.
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#6 Hal Smith

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Posted 22 March 2006 - 06:59 PM

hi all,

I need a way to re-produce the look of police cherrys, without the actual prop.

I was thinking of setting a two stage gel (top blue bottom red, kinda like a flicker stick) on a frame and running it over the face of the light (1k). We only need a hint of this for a short 5 - 10 second shot on the faces of two people advancing towards camera. I have tested this a bit but it doesn't look right, hard to get the light to look real.

any suggestions about other methods or where to go from here?

thanks so much for any help.

Have you got a buddy who has intelligent stage lighting? I used a pair of High End Cyberlights, one in red, one in blue, to sweep the stage for the bombing scene in "Driving Miss Daisy". One of my more brilliant ideas, I got several audience comments that when the lights came up for that scene the hair stood up on the backs of their necks - not a word of dialogue and they knew what was happening.

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#7 samm Parnell

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Posted 26 March 2006 - 09:59 AM

Ive tried the wheel idea out and it works really well, thanks for the idea. The intermitent quality of the light and the ease of the rig are perfect, thanks again.

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#8 John Pytlak RIP

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Posted 26 March 2006 - 07:04 PM

Ive tried the wheel idea out and it works really well, thanks for the idea. The intermitent quality of the light and the ease of the rig are perfect, thanks again.

samm


You're welcome. B)
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