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#1 Maggie Twomey

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Posted 25 February 2008 - 04:14 PM

I'm trying to turn a very small room into a studio that mainly shoots interviews:
right now I have backgrounds/green screen hanging on a background-support system. however this system is not wide enough, so I'd like to cut the fabrics( I have total eclipse) and tape them to the wall. Like I said the room is very small so I have enough materials, but I'm worried that gaffer tape will damage the wall. Does anyone have a better solution? Has anyone pin their duvetyne to the wall? what should I do if I do not want to use a background support system?

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#2 Michael Nash

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Posted 25 February 2008 - 04:48 PM

You could try making a "flat" that is propped up against the wall with simple stage jacks. You can make multiple flats with whatever fabrics or treatments you like.

http://home.earthlin...s/fltbldng.html

http://www.northern..../th241/sc96.htm
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#3 Maggie Twomey

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Posted 26 February 2008 - 02:09 PM

how about painting the wall black? will that work?
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Posted 26 February 2008 - 05:44 PM

I guess I don't understand your limitations or what you're trying to achieve -- wouldn't painting the wall "damage" it as much as gaffer's tape?

Are you looking for ways to achieve different backgrounds but maximize the useable depth? Or is the problem just that the backdrop system simply isn't wide enough? Are you allowed to attach anything directly to the walls?

If you simply want to make a wider backdrop, get some speedrail or pipe of the proper length and a couple stands with the proper hardware.

Black paint tends to look like... black paint. It can fall pretty dark on camera if you can manage to flag your key lights off of it enough, but if the space is as small as you say that could prove difficult. The smoother the surface, the easier it will be to paint a smooth, featureless background.
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