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#1 Rolfe Klement

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Posted 27 June 2007 - 07:23 PM

So I have to come up with a way to quickly light a dance studio on a regular basis

The PROBLEMS
  • Mirrors everywhere
  • No roof support
  • Green Flo lighting
  • Daylight windows
  • ballet barre running the length of every wall
  • 90% wide shots needed
  • low ceilings
  • white walls
Here is an example image

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The only time I have seen it look good was when Madonna and Johan Renck came down to shoot a music video and basically built a wooden wall inside the studio - then brought in a rig and flew lights all over the place.

So the solution seems to be
  • control the light - shoot at night and use my own lights
  • Get rid of the background - by making it dark (reducing spill) and by punching up the front
So my current solution is use a toplight (a large light eggboxed softbox - like a 5 ft or 7ft Dedo 1000 Octodome)- then hard back edge light - Lowel DP with barndoor on spot. Shoot really open and blur background.

The problems are how to mount the softbox up and keep it up. How to stop spill - we can't put black on the floor

My other option is to just lie down and hope the problem goes away...

I am using this post to clear it in my mind - any ideas?

thanks

Rolfe
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#2 janusz sikora

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Posted 27 June 2007 - 07:53 PM

I would consider Kinos... 4x4 around the place where the wall meets the ceiling and few from the top. This way you can utilize existing daylight. Blast some units off the wall to get the front. From the picture it looks like you should be ok with 12 of them. Have you tried ParaZip Kino.... ? Excellent Light.. You could Zip it from one side for dimension.
If the ceiling can't hold the top lights an option may be few strings of 150W Photofloods.
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#3 Xavier Plaza

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Posted 27 June 2007 - 10:29 PM

Hi definitely Kino Flo, 4x4, 4x2 or wallolite are your best chooise (my point of view), to hang your lights probably help you pump cups and autopole. I don't know your budget but perhaps a HMI with chimera entering by the window helps too
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