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#1 Benjamin_Lussier

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Posted 30 August 2007 - 06:55 PM

Hi everyone,

I'm shooting a night scene in 2 weeks, in Montreal.

I've never worked with the vision 2 500T

How much can I rely on lamp posts as a source of light ?
I can add maybe 1 or 2 Arri 1.2K spots and a kicker but that's all.

What kind of gel should I use to blend the two color temparatures?

Are lamp-posts flicker-free ? What are they, halogen, fluo ?

I'm so clueless

The night shots in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless mind were pretty cool... does anyone know how they achieved this ?

Thank you so much guys!

Ben
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#2 Jon Kukla

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Posted 30 August 2007 - 07:47 PM

Can you test? I'd borrow an old 16mm camera and just run maybe 100 feet total and test different exposure levels. Also, can you affordably push the film? How fast will your lens set be?

My hunch is that you're probably fine with the lamp flicker issue in that they're probably running on mains. Just make certain that your Hz-fps-shutter angle relationship is solid. What speed are you planning on shooting at?
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#3 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 31 August 2007 - 01:19 AM

You probably shouldn't post the same question in multiple forums :/
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#4 Delorme Jean-Marie

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Posted 31 August 2007 - 02:19 AM

hi
rely on the stock
borow a DSLR and scout with it expose at 500 and 1000 at T1.4 and T2
see how the street light pops up nicely.
you may need litlle lighting espacialy for wide shots, put the talent close to a shop enlighted at night.


if your key is to high (T4 or 2.8) it will shut down the city lights.
if you aren't rich enought to have a kiker for the wide shot forget the kiker.

if you are a poor dop, you still have tow goog weapons : 500T stock and choose your street verry well.

street lights are mostly sodium vapors (redish/orange) with a lot of green inside.
gel a tungsten light with orange and pllus green and put your light on a piece of foam core and compare by eye to match the color.
but you may prefer not to choose this kind of light as you key source....


ethernal.... was shot in fuji if i remember well and was verry grainy,
if you push your 500 by one or tow stops you'll have a grainy result in S16 for sure
the best thing would be to make tests with a DSLR and your lights and gels and filters......

I hope it helps
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