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#1 Christopher Wedding

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Posted 16 July 2008 - 11:42 PM

Hey guys, I have a two part question.

Here's the scenario:

There's an upcoming shoot and now they'd
like to design a translight with an abstract photo
montage to be behind two actors that are sitting
in two chair and talking to one another.

We'll most likely be dollying around them in a two shot
(obviously the size of the translight is important.) and
then we'll cheat them and shoot the CU's. I don't know
what the design will be yet, but I did ask that it not
be too much white. Most likely shooting the HDX900.

The first question is how far away these folks should
be from the translight itself. I said minimum 10 feet, but
would prefer 15-20. Taking that into account, how big
do you think the translight should be approx? to hold a two
shot and to dolly around? I'm thinking 40-50 feet. Does
that sound right? Any good rules of thumb?

What lighting would best suit this scenario? is there a
better way to back light this thing than sky pans?
I intend on bringing the whole thing up evenly
and then perhaps adding some more light and color
to certain spots depending on what this thing looks like.

Never lit a translight before...I've been around them,
one memorable one was on set of 'Big Love' watching
Mr. Mullen work!! :)

Anyhow, thanks for any help.
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#2 David Rakoczy

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Posted 17 July 2008 - 06:32 AM

Take a Director's Viewfinder, place two people and frame your shot, do the move, measure the right to left sides of frame. Skypans are super simple, fast and give an even spread.
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#3 J. Lamar King

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Posted 24 July 2008 - 01:31 AM

I think you can get away with a smaller one about 30 feet wide. Just depends on how much you want to dolly really. Skypans are the way to go. You can light a Translight that big from the floor with just three 5K Skypans on turtle stands.
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