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#1 Darrell Abney

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Posted 04 September 2007 - 12:38 AM

I am shooting a scene for a short film this weekend.

I need to make an electric lantern look like its a flame based one.

Since the location owner asked me not to carry around a flame I am using an electric lantern - Problem is the light is either on or off.

Anyone have an ideas to make it flicker like a real flame? I frosted the glass so you cant see that theres an electric bulb in there.

Hit me up with any thoughts/suggestions

thanks!
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#2 Bob Hayes

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Posted 04 September 2007 - 01:05 AM

Put it on a dimmer and twist the dimmer up and down to simulate a flickering flame.
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Posted 04 September 2007 - 04:05 AM

http://www.magicgadg...om/mg_ol_04.htm
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#4 John Sprung

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Posted 04 September 2007 - 12:31 PM

Put it on a dimmer and twist the dimmer up and down to simulate a flickering flame.

I've used the dimmer with a momentary contact push button switch in parallel. You can gradually ride the dimmer with one hand, and add a rapid flicker with the push button in the other. Works great for an imitation candle.



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Posted 04 September 2007 - 03:37 PM

They make light bulbs that flicker which are usually used in chandeliers. They're available at most hardware stores. It likely isn't bright enough to serve as you primary light source (most of them are 3 watts but I have purchased some that were 7.5 watts). You'll need to supplement that with on set lighting and use the suggestions already posted, i.e. Magic Gadget, dimmer, etc. The dancing filament adds a nice touch of realize to an otherwise unreal source.
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#6 Darrell Abney

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Posted 04 September 2007 - 04:59 PM

Thank you all for your great answers!
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Posted 05 September 2007 - 12:25 AM

there are some genius solutions that use a fan, a halogen bulb and a flap of orange silk...teh wind form teh fan mechanically flutters teh silk...very convincing...however a lantern doesnt flicker like a flame, i think this gadget may be your best bet:

http://www.lanternne...m/fauxflame.htm
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Posted 05 September 2007 - 02:05 AM

however a lantern doesnt flicker like a flame, i think this gadget may be your best bet:


This is really a great find. I visited the site and found that they want $100. That seems a bit steep, but I do like the fact that it'll take up to a 200 watt light.
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#9 Darrell Abney

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Posted 05 September 2007 - 05:49 PM

Holy Moley that is a great find! An hour of googling did not lead me to that.
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