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#1 Brooks Infante

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Posted 07 November 2008 - 02:36 PM

The Conditions:

- Starts off on a tracking close-up of a mother's hands on a shopping cart, then stops to focus on a tinted van in the background (wide shot, about 15-20 ft away)
- It's a sunny day, roughly around 11 am to 1 pm
- Primary shot is two kids pressing their face against the tinted windows of a Dodge Caravan 2007 (or '08)
- Windshield and front windows have a light green factory tint, rest have a black factory tint

The Question:

- How much lighting would suffice in order to see the kids behind the black tint?
- Would the lights have to be inside the car or outside (other possibility is shooting under a shady tree)?

Please help!
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#2 Chris Keth

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Posted 07 November 2008 - 11:01 PM

Simplest solution, insist that the picture car have no tint or a lighter tint unless it's crucial to the story somehow.

Beyond that, put a shinyboard onto the kids and polarize out any problem reflections if they show up. If that is too much light cut it down with nets and/or frames of diff.
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Posted 08 November 2008 - 01:57 PM

Simplest solution, insist that the picture car have no tint or a lighter tint unless it's crucial to the story somehow.

Beyond that, put a shinyboard onto the kids and polarize out any problem reflections if they show up. If that is too much light cut it down with nets and/or frames of diff.


As for insisting on the picture car having no tint, we'd either have to buy one (with our budget, that's impossible) or hope that someone can supply us with one within a week (we've been in pre-production for about three weeks now; it's almost time for the production shoots).

For your solution, that could work. I've been trying to discuss solutions similar to that to the D.P.

Thank you for replying.
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