Windows in shot
Posted 03 July 2006 - 08:44 PM
Just a question on a technique I'm interested in trying out. When shooting interiors I read a lot of DOPs put 'tracing paper' over windows that have an unwanted background or just want to hide a light that is directly outside.
What is the process involved? Do you use actual large sheets of tracing paper like a graphic designer or an Architect would, or do rental houses have a specific grade of paper as expendables? Do you usually put them outside the window on a frame or c-stand or do you just stick them directly to the window frame itself?
Phew, a lot of questions but I guess in short I'm just asking what process you guys go through if you are to use "tracing paper" on set?
Posted 03 July 2006 - 09:29 PM
Another cool gel to use is called "Hampshire Frost;" it's almost clear but with just enough diffusion that is makes everything outside very blurry.
Keep in mind that if you're trying to light through the window with trace on it, the whole window is just going to burn out white.
Posted 05 July 2006 - 11:46 AM
Posted 06 July 2006 - 02:53 AM
This is a very interesting topic. It is so common for big budget productions to paper and backlight windows on a sound stage to create the illusion of an exterior window that is over exposed. At the same time it is often considered cheap to do so on a genuine daylight exterior window.
What do you think?
Posted 06 July 2006 - 08:06 AM
Larger productions usually have a translight or a backdrop outside of the windows. Productions with a location that is specific might have to arrange to have a new translight made for that particular movie. They also usually have one for day and one for night. Typically both are hung on a track like a giant curtain and one is pulled out of the way and the other brought in.
One thing that is always an issue is focus. If the translight image itself is in focus you must have a stage big enough so that the translight is far enough back so that it will be out of focus and looks natural. If it is too close to the windows it may not look true.
I think I have worked on one movie where an intentionally out of focus translight was made.
Like Bob mentions, papering a window can look cheap and low budget because it is a quick fix without the detail and depth one may see naturally.