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#1 Joshua Hutt

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Posted 12 May 2010 - 09:34 AM

Hello I'm currently working on a short film and I am looking to find a way to replicate candle light as cheaply as possible, has anyone got any suggestions or advice on how to do so?
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#2 Jeff Kolada

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Posted 12 May 2010 - 11:17 AM

What are you shooting with and how much light do you need?

I would say use a lot of candles, or two-wick candles. That's probably the cheapest way. When shooting to mimic fire/candles, I usually use a constant source as a base 2 stops under key, and use the candle flicker to highlight the image. You could also use a propane stove and crank it up a bit to give a firey effect.
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#3 Corno Dario

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Posted 14 May 2010 - 08:13 AM

I did it some time ago, i took a fresnel 3200K spot and pointed it into a water basin with an aluminium thin foil on the bottom of it, and then a guy with a stick made the water surface ripple a bit.
The thin foil gave the diffuse light and the ripple gave the right flicker...


Hope it helps
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#4 JD Hartman

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Posted 14 May 2010 - 09:50 AM

I did it some time ago, i took a fresnel 3200K spot and pointed it into a water basin with an aluminium thin foil on the bottom of it, and then a guy with a stick made the water surface ripple a bit.
The thin foil gave the diffuse light and the ripple gave the right flicker...


Hope it helps


Basically, candles don't flicker. They have a single flame, fires flicker because it's multiple tongues of flame.
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#5 Ram Shani

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Posted 15 May 2010 - 03:42 PM

you can work with clear light bulb an dimmer

to dim it down to 2500k and then work with the dimmer to give slight flicker
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