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#1 JD Hartman

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 12:34 PM

Many way to light a cyclorama, Sky pans, Fresnels, Cyc light, etc. I have a situation where I need light a temporary cyc. from above. The cyc. will be approximately 20 feet long and 10 feet high. Fixtures available to me are Fresnels, open face, broad lights. I can use the "blended Fresnels" technique for even lighting across its width, but how can I evenly light the cyc material from top to bottom? An evenly graduated scrim would seem to be the answer, but ND only exists in so many strengths.
The Producing is not in favor renting any equipment.

Edited by JD Hartman, 22 January 2008 - 12:36 PM.

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#2 Brad Dickson

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 06:04 PM

I know there is a reluctance to rent but you sould consider a top cyc light such as a coda or Iris 1 style of fixture. Altman also have top cyc units as does other manufacturers. Top cyc units are designed to give a wide vertical spread. If not a top cyc perhaps use your broad fixtures in combination with a matte silk gel to spread the light. You could also diffuse the top of the unit to spread, diffuse and reduce output.

Edited by Brad Dickson, 22 January 2008 - 06:06 PM.

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