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#1 Scott Ippolito

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 10:24 AM

Hello,

I'm in Nepal working on a documentary and we have to shoot several interviews where we can not show the subjects face. I'm trying to think of a creative ways to do an interesting silhouette. I've got a couple of tota lights and two 1x1 light panels to work with. Does anyone have any good suggestions or examples.

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Scott
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#2 Brian Dzyak

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 10:30 AM

With Totas, I'd just light the background and keep all incident light off the subject. Keep the lightpanels packed away unless you can get enough out of them to provide a little rim light. Not really a whole lot else you can (or need to) do.

Another option for creativities sake is to create a shadow of your subject and shoot the shadow (on the background). That gives you the shape of the person without ever really aiming the camera at him.
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#3 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 12:57 PM

Just an editorial suggestion. When you've shot it and you're cutting the footage together, don't edit a brightly lit scene to it with any dissolve.

I was watching the documentary "The Bridge" last week, and they had an interview with a friend of one of the bridge jumpers that was lit so all you could see was her silhouette. They dissolved from her interview to a bright and foggy shot of the bridge, and during the dissolve you could clearly see her face.
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#4 Scott Ippolito

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 08:47 PM

Thanks for the advice Brian. Thanks for the tip Johnathan, I will pass it along to our editor so we don't make a similar mistake.
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