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#1 John Sellar

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Posted 30 January 2007 - 01:38 PM

Hello,

What are some techniques used for this kind light (coming from the open door):http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YU7LZts87Zg

HMI's I'm sure, but where do you think it was positioned for the shots facing the door? is it bounced?

I'm a student shooter trying to create this natural look for someone's project.

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#2 Stuart Brereton

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Posted 30 January 2007 - 02:11 PM

If you're shooting on a set, you could use an 8'x8' gridcloth with maybe a 10k tungsten, or a 2.5k HMI behind. You'd need to get the lamp far enough back from the gridcloth so that the beam fills it. If you're in a real location, with daylight outside, you might need a bigger lamp.

You might be able to shoot directly into it, as well, as long as it is evenly lit, and sufficiently overexposed that you can't see what it is.
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#3 John Sellar

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Posted 30 January 2007 - 02:54 PM

I need to build my G&E vocabulary. Is a grid cloth like a silk?

I've seen a reflective metallic cloth used as a bounce for this effect. I think they did it in "Pi" when the main character is freaking out and the door flies open (look in the special features on the DVD)
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#4 Stuart Brereton

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Posted 30 January 2007 - 03:36 PM

Grid cloth is a thin nylon material, not unlike Ripstop, but thinner. Full Grid has an effect similar to 216, but it is also available in different strengths. It's sewable, which is why it's used to make large textiles.
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#5 Christophe Collette

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Posted 02 February 2007 - 12:07 PM

Another way of doing this, if you happen to be shooting this on location, is to use a big source, 12k Fresnel let's say, cover your window with tracing paper and flood your light. I just did this for a music video, it looked really good.

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