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#1 RobertRaey

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 02:00 PM

OK, I shoot for a company that keeps me flying around the country doing interviews and I always need something to break up the background. I'm lighting with my arri kit and a couple of peppers that I still hold on to for little accents here and there. In the home studio I use the cookies on set but they are too big to travel with since I am allowed only what will fit in the arri case. What can I do to make these blank backgrounds more interesting when I don't have my kook?
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#2 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 02:15 PM

Cut it into Foamcore which you can buy at any arts supply store; or perhaps a better idea could be done with black felt-fabric and some PCV, you cut it in and then fit it to this frame, small and portable, and light weight.
or, for blinds, same idea, frame and gaffer's tape.
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Posted 16 November 2009 - 02:56 PM

Tree branch or palm frawn
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#4 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 03:04 PM

Tom, what's the short hand name for that, i've forgotten? Branch-O-louris? ugh; I heard it once and now it's driving me mad.
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Posted 16 November 2009 - 03:22 PM

A couple of thoughts... Like the other posts mentioned, an easy way is to use cut up foam core or even poke some holes in blackwrap. There is also another solution at www.shadowfoils.com . They sell inexpensive sets of pre-cut blackwrap patterns in a organizer that fits well into the back of a light case. And since they are made to just clip onto the barn doors, you don't even need a c-stand in your kit.
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Posted 16 November 2009 - 03:23 PM

Tom, what's the short hand name for that, i've forgotten? Branch-O-louris? ugh; I heard it once and now it's driving me mad.

I've heard brancholoris or plantaloris.
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#7 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 03:27 PM

That's exactly it thank you Mike.
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Posted 16 November 2009 - 05:18 PM

Tom, what's the short hand name for that, i've forgotten? Branch-O-louris? ugh; I heard it once and now it's driving me mad.

Yes, that's it.
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Posted 16 November 2009 - 05:56 PM

rosco makes a gel version of the kook for 4x4 frames that roll up. Also on the cheap side heat shield and a can of black spray paint does wonders.
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#10 Chris Keth

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 07:36 PM

A roll of blackwrap and a pocketknife.
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