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#1 Dina Maani

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Posted 12 July 2006 - 02:04 AM

We are filming a scene, on Mini DV, with about 6-8 TVs playing in the background. Aside from a flicker box, which we can?t afford, is there any way to avoid the flickering effect caused on our tapes? We really need to have clear shots of the images on the screens.

As a side note, the scene is supposed to look like it is mainly lit by the TVs. Any advice or suggestions would be appreciated.

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#2 Matt Sandstrom

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Posted 13 July 2006 - 01:56 PM

there shouldn't be any flicker if you shoot video on video. there might be a thin bar but if you change the exposure time to 50/60 it shouldn't be visible. as for how to light it i like to hide fluorescent single fixtures in the scene if i want that kind of light. put them on dimmers and you can change the intensity when the scene changes on the screen.

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Posted 13 July 2006 - 02:41 PM

i recently shot a short on the 'horrible' canon XL1. we also had to light people as if they're watching tv. I doubled up 'slate blue' gel (as its known on ARRI gels) and used a 650w light on a dimmer. As long as the 'dimmer person' doesn't go hell for leather on the dimmer, it's very effective. Gels though are always an objective thing and the doubled slate blue was used as it was intensifing a missing persons t.v Advert.
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