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#1 Owen Tooth

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Posted 28 March 2006 - 05:10 PM

Hi, folks.
I need a little advice here. Next month I'm shooting a scene in which a fire is lit outside someone's window. I need to film the light changing in the room from candle-light to stronger light from the fire outside.
I'm shooting on the Sony Z1E hdv and I've got 4 Dedos and 3 Reheads at my disposal.
I can't light a fire directly outside the window. Is a dimmer and lots of scrim and orange gel my only option, or is there a clever trick anyone knows?
And do any of you know how to light a scene to look like candle light?
Sorry i'm asking such basic questions, but that's what the forum's for, right?
Many thanks,
Owen Tooth
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#2 Dickson Sorensen

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Posted 28 March 2006 - 07:17 PM

I have seen a great effect of fire done by reflecting a light off of mylar strips or "space blanket". Put the lamps on a dimmer and bring them up to increase intensity. Color orange with gel to suit your taste.
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#3 Owen Tooth

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Posted 29 March 2006 - 11:14 AM

I can see that working really well, actually. I'll do some tests. Thanks for the idea!
Owen.
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