Posted 13 April 2006 - 07:28 PM
i will be shooting with a panasonic dvx100a.
thanks in advance.
Posted 13 April 2006 - 10:30 PM
To that end, any small camera-mounted light would work. Keep it small. Frezzi makes a good news light for ENG cameras that uses a simple overhead projector bulb. You easily build something yourself as well.
I noticed in both these videos that two things help complete the look: 1) the pool of light is small and falls off around the edges of frame; 2) subjects are fairly close to the camera and exposed pretty close to key level, so again everything else falls off into darkness. If you overexposed your subjects too much you would see the background too much, and lose some of that sensation of peering into something dark and hidden. Just a thought.
Posted 14 April 2006 - 02:53 AM
I think Harris also moved the light around the camera based on his stills experience for different set ups (but it mainly seems to be up and right - but very close to the lens - remember a 1cm move of the light can be the difference between a good and a great shot
Posted 14 April 2006 - 07:15 PM
time for me to go start testing!
Posted 14 April 2006 - 07:18 PM
Posted 14 April 2006 - 07:22 PM
Posted 14 April 2006 - 07:27 PM
or attached to an arm and moved around on a shot by shot basis? that's what i'd do. at least for tracking and handheld shots. in "eternal sunshine" the spot was pretty far from the camera but still attached to and moved with it, iirc.
so basically the light would be pretty much handheld right near the camera lense; instead of mounted on top of the camera?
Posted 14 April 2006 - 07:52 PM
perhaps a "real" spotlight or even a focused light is needed? i've found this, which might do the trick screwed into the ikea fixture?
Actually spot globes fill up the reflector with light, making a slightly larger source. You get more light in one spot, but with a slightly fuzzier shadow.
But that doesn't mean it can't give you the look you want. Test. These things are dirt cheap.
Posted 15 April 2006 - 03:26 AM
FYI, another video that uses this technique with the light moving is the first part of Macy Gray's "Why Didn't You Call Me Again", directed by Hype Williams.
Posted 15 April 2006 - 06:44 PM
If it's just the look of the narrow beam of light with the immediate falloff and not the red eye flash photography effect you're after,, then I'd suggest you test different size snoots on something like a 1K par.
You don't need anything nearly that bright most of the time. Depending on the distance to the subject and the sensitivity of the camera or film stock, a 200 or 300W unit is usually plenty.
Posted 18 April 2006 - 08:36 AM
actually they're not. the dirt cheap reflector bulbs throw an ugly pattern. the "real" spotlight bulbs, which use a small halogen bulb with an external reflector, throw a perfect almost fresnel like circle but they cost like $20. not expensive but not exactly dirt cheap either. i'll get a couple in either case though. a small spotlight that fits a regular socket will often come in handy.
Test. These things are dirt cheap.
Posted 20 April 2006 - 03:24 PM
i think the best thing to use is dedo light on camera becuse its has great spot / flud ratio
and its strong to make the backgrund dark and has a dimmer
i used it on a music video great thing great control