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#1 goro toshima

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Posted 23 October 2008 - 12:21 AM

i'm hoping to shoot a scene with kids hanging out/sleeping under bridge during night time (using panansonic HD camera-170).

there is basically no electricity in this location...

how would you go about trying to light this?
is there a battery operated light you would use?

thanks for all suggestions.
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#2 Chris Keth

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Posted 23 October 2008 - 12:25 AM

If there's no electricity, you bring a generator or find another location with more readily available power.

Edited by Chris Keth, 23 October 2008 - 12:25 AM.

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#3 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 23 October 2008 - 12:39 AM

If you're not using too many lights, you could also get a power inverter and run it off of the car. I think that'll max out around 1000W, though, so a Genny is a much better bet or a location change.
If you want how to make it look "good," well that's all based on how you want it to look.

There is also Day For Night, but I never find that believable myself.
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#4 Chris Keth

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Posted 23 October 2008 - 05:31 PM

I've never seen a car inverter for more than 500W myself.

Anyway, under a bridge like that could work in DFN as long as you keep things fairly confined so you don't have to see sky or things lit by hard direct sun. A cloudy day or dawn/dusk would work.
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#5 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 23 October 2008 - 05:34 PM

There's a few of them around but i'm mostly sure they all need wiring.. I saw them at pepboys a while ago .
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#6 Chris Keth

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Posted 23 October 2008 - 05:52 PM

There's a few of them around but i'm mostly sure they all need wiring.. I saw them at pepboys a while ago .


That makes sense. I'm pretty sure the cigarette lighter isn't wired for 1kW.
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#7 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 23 October 2008 - 05:55 PM

Though I bet if you tried it you could also light a cigarette from the fire it'd start...
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#8 Chris Keth

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Posted 23 October 2008 - 06:07 PM

Though I bet if you tried it you could also light a cigarette from the fire it'd start...


Astute observation. ;)

Anyway, back to the bridge at night. Without seeing it I would be inclined to recommend day for night since it kind of sounds like a proper generator would be out of the budget. With certain scenes, it's quite easy to pull off. This, being covered and potentially free from lots of background, may be one of them. Seeing sky and lots of lit background are the things that really kill DFN.
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Posted 23 October 2008 - 09:22 PM

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#10 John Allen

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Posted 23 October 2008 - 10:32 PM

I can't believe I'm saying this, but you could do DFN. I definitely don't advise you to do DFN, because it tends to look fake, even when it's done correctly it doesn't look very real. But if you don't have a generator then you may not have any other choice.
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#11 Ram Shani

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Posted 24 October 2008 - 07:58 AM

you can use flashlights
you can use fire camp

you can use led light (on bat)
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#12 goro toshima

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Posted 24 October 2008 - 12:34 PM

thanks for all the responses...

i'll try some DFN tests and see how it looks...if bad, i'll probably try to do some sort of campfire set up.
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