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#1 Tim Nuttall

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Posted 01 December 2009 - 08:02 PM

Hi all,

Other than shooting in a found location, has anyone tried using real mercury vapor sources as opposed to gel packs on lights? How about self-ballasted vapor sources? I mean either building them into a set or as extension lights.

We'll be creating light poles (with mercury vapor units in the story) on an exterior built on stage. Some will be in frame, some won't. I thought real vapor sources in the fixtures could be nice - maybe HMI's gelled.

Finally, what are some ways you have created or extended "streetlamp" sources. Fresnels? Maybe HMI for mercury vapor? I really would love that cyan look.

We'll be shooting 5219.

Thanks.
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#2 robert duke

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Posted 02 December 2009 - 09:43 AM

Hi all,

Other than shooting in a found location, has anyone tried using real mercury vapor sources as opposed to gel packs on lights? How about self-ballasted vapor sources? I mean either building them into a set or as extension lights.

We'll be creating light poles (with mercury vapor units in the story) on an exterior built on stage. Some will be in frame, some won't. I thought real vapor sources in the fixtures could be nice - maybe HMI's gelled.

Finally, what are some ways you have created or extended "streetlamp" sources. Fresnels? Maybe HMI for mercury vapor? I really would love that cyan look.

We'll be shooting 5219.

Thanks.


yes, I have used sodium and mercury vapor lights are both practicals and as fixtures. we used a china ball plugged into a home depot mercury fixture with a pig nose adapter. you could build your own lights.
It was used mostly in locations that had mercury vapor already.
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#3 Dan Salzmann

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Posted 02 December 2009 - 01:05 PM

What is a pig nose adaptor?
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#4 Caleb Purvis

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Posted 02 December 2009 - 01:13 PM

What is a pig nose adaptor?


http://www.filmandvi...gnoadmebat.html
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#5 Dan Salzmann

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Posted 02 December 2009 - 02:31 PM

http://www.filmandvi...gnoadmebat.html

Got it! Unfortunately those kinds of adapters are illegal here according to EEC electrical safety laws.
Handy little things if used with moderation!
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