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#1 Rob Darren

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Posted 24 March 2009 - 11:42 AM

Does anyone know how I can make an actor appear to be glowing? I was thinking about spraying them with fluorescent color and filming under a blacklight?? I'm filming my first independent low-budget film.

Help! LOL

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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 24 March 2009 - 01:42 PM

Does anyone know how I can make an actor appear to be glowing? I was thinking about spraying them with fluorescent color and filming under a blacklight?? I'm filming my first independent low-budget film.

Help! LOL

Thanks
Rob


You'd want a pretty strong UV light to get enough exposure. Most people go to this company for the lights and paints:
http://www.wildfirefx.com/

Otherwise, I'd consider painting them white and hitting them with a spot light and put a diffusion filter on the lens.
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#3 Leo Anthony Vale

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Posted 24 March 2009 - 03:37 PM

Otherwise, I'd consider painting them white and hitting them with a spot light and put a diffusion filter on the lens.


If the glower or the camera isn't moving around, try an optical flat with a smudge of vaseline over the glower.
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#4 Nick NormanButler

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Posted 24 March 2009 - 04:45 PM

This glow graffiti paint might work:

http://www.suck.uk.c...php?rangeID=117
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#5 James Erd

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Posted 26 March 2009 - 03:01 PM

In addition to creating the effect in camera you can also enhance or even create the glowing effect in post. Most editing programs like Adobe Premiere, Final Cut allow you to choose different compositing modes. So you can layer the track over itself, then using Gaussian blur for instance and then setting the compositing mode to something like screen or vivid light. Then adjust the opacity to set overall level of the effect. If you want to limit the effect to just the actor you need to add a mask, preferably before adding the blur.
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