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#1 Conor Byron

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 02:29 PM

We are using the RED One camera and are filming a scene that is set in a mental hospital. The room we are using is roughly 10X20 with no windows but 6 fluorescent lights. It is supposed to have a horror feel to it and we were wondering if anyone had any suggestions on lighting techniques? What's the best way to compensate for fluorescent lights? Does taping minus green over the lights help?

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#2 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 02:51 PM

Let a lot of the scene fall off into darkness. Try to skirt the light off of the walls to isolate the characters in a small section so it appears that there is something ominousness all around them. Just my suggestion.
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#3 Mike Lary

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 04:17 PM

Having you considered replacing the overhead fixtures with Kino tubes?
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#4 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 05:06 PM

Wouldn't greenish fluorescents be appropriate for a horror film set in a mental asylum?
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#5 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 05:09 PM

a bit of a flicker might be nice too
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#6 Conor Byron

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 08:38 PM

Wouldn't greenish fluorescents be appropriate for a horror film set in a mental asylum?



good point thanks for all the replies
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#7 Christopher Cafaro

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 10:02 PM

a bit of a flicker might be nice too


I'm in a similar situation, and I want that intense flickering effect of an old dying
fluorescent bulb.

What are some ways of doing this?
Thanks

Edited by Christopher Cafaro, 24 February 2009 - 10:06 PM.

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#8 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 10:08 PM

Flickerbox is the best way. OR, you can try to throw the flo fixture on a dimmer.. might fry the ballast though...
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#9 David Rakoczy

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 07:31 AM

I shot an HBO World Premier called ASYLUM (Malcolm McDowell & Robert Patrick)... semi horror/ thriller.. in an asylum. I ended up (at that time) replacing all the globes in the hallways with kino tubes and then bringing 4ft 4bankers just out of frame overhead and to the side of Talent. I also used a lot of Tungsten units to carve out any dark contrasty interiors. There is plenty of footage towards the end of my Feature Reel on the demo reel page of my website. If you see something you like and want to talk about it feel free to give me a call.

Best of luck and have fun!
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#10 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 09:04 AM

David, would you suggest mist-balancing the Kinos. If I recall, the Asylum footage you have has a slight blue tone to it.

p.s. Sorry I missed your call!
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#11 David Rakoczy

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 09:49 AM

Not really.. we did that with print lights and telecine.
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#12 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 11:47 AM

Ahh gotcha. It's a very nice blueish cast.
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