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Hypothetical question: What is the the best way to 'fill' a large moonlit exterior?


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#1 Morgan Peline

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Posted 05 December 2008 - 01:46 AM

Hi,

I've just been going through some 'hypothetical' situations in my mind as I will hopefully be shooting a period drama in the Syrian desert soon.

I was just imagining what I would do if I had to light a large expanse of dessert as a 'moonlit night exterior'. For keying I would probably use a 12K or 18k HMI on a cherry picker as a backlight 'moon', corrected with 1/2 CTO or even 3/4 CTO.

But then I started to wonder how I would fill such a large area. So far I imagine I would either bounce a 6K or 12K HMI (with the same amount of CTO) on a 12 by 12 foot silk. (If I could afford it I could also get an air balloon but most likely I will not be able to get one.) So how can you fill in the 'old fashioned way'?

I've always seen photos of people lighting moonlit exteriors with lights on cherry pickers but I've never
seen how they 'fill'...

Any ideas?

Thanks!!
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