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#1 Joseph Francis

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Posted 19 September 2006 - 01:17 PM

In this post I use the term "eye light" to refer to a soft, diffuse slash of illumination that spills across the face from temple to temple and is meant to subtly enhance the general region of the face around the eyes.

I use the term "catchlight" to mean a specular glint on the surface of the eyeball intended to make the eyes more lively.

With that distinction in mind, do you have any equipment and light placement suggestions and techniques to recommend in order to achieve a subtle, beautiful eye light on an actress in a period piece?
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#2 Chris Keth

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Posted 20 September 2006 - 10:46 PM

I use the term "eye light" to refer to a soft, diffuse slash of illumination that spills across the face from temple to temple and is meant to subtly enhance the general region of the face around the eyes.



You're kidding, right? :blink:

You answered your own question right there...

Edited by Christopher D. Keth, 20 September 2006 - 10:47 PM.

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#3 C.J. Scheppers

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Posted 21 September 2006 - 02:16 AM

I first noticed this effect on the original Star Trek series when Captain Kirk was photographed in close-up during some dramatic part of the episode. Dedo makes a lens attachment to go on their dedo lights and it can be focused for a sharp or diffuse edge. You could also try an ellipsoidal fixture and cut the light down to eye-mask size; the fixture can also be defocused. Shooting a fresnel on flood/wide through a cut-out in a piece of black foam core could work, too.
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#4 Brian Wells

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Posted 22 September 2006 - 11:33 AM

Dedo makes a lens attachment to go on their dedo lights and it can be focused for a sharp or diffuse edge.

There are some examples of that effect on the Dedolight site:
http://www.dedolight...jection/34.html
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#5 John Holland

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Posted 22 September 2006 - 11:52 AM

" Charlie Bars " to bits of wood painted black mounted on C stand set gap to any distance between bars depending on lamp you are using and distance from subject , you get that nice slash of light across eyes it is nice to use on cu,s of women , but was used a lot on William Shatner in Star Trek !! . John Holland ,London.
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#6 Michael Morlan

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Posted 24 September 2006 - 04:12 PM

Actually, I call that unmotivated slash of light across the eyes a "Kirk Light" in homage to the series. :D

That bit can be created using a fresnel with everything from the barndoors, for a very soft effect, to flags at various distances, to control the sharpness of the edges, to a piece of foamcore with a custom cutout (essentially a cuculoris.)

Have fun out there.
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#7 boy yniguez

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Posted 30 September 2006 - 06:38 PM

Have fun out there.
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yep, try tracking a moving character with it! for inspiration check out every frame of THE ADDAMS FAMILY that has angelica huston in it!
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