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#1 Mark Hawakie

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Posted 22 June 2009 - 01:01 PM

I am shooting a glass box where sometimes we want reflection and sometimes we don't. Is there a polarizer I might be able to adjust in shot. Maybe rotating it as we do a move to catch some reflection/lose it when I need to.

A big part of the 'look' is reflections catching the glass.

My matte box will be the Arri Mattebox (MB20vII) with 4x5.65 Horiz Frames

What are my options to achieve this, or rather have some control of how much reflection I want.

All lighting techniques aside for this post, what can I do as far as filters? What would a Schneider 138mm Tru-Pole do for me? I say that because I know I have that option right now with the package.

Edited by Mark Hawakie, 22 June 2009 - 01:03 PM.

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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 22 June 2009 - 02:13 PM

You just need a rotatable stage, either square or round. Most people just put a round Pola in the back of the mattebox and leave it loose enough to spin if needed. But Polas only work well at specific angles to the glass, otherwise the effect is minimal in terms of reducing reflections. You're going to find that most of the time, the Pola isn't doing much for you.
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