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#1 Robert Capria

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Posted 02 June 2010 - 09:33 PM

Dear Forum,

I'm going to start working on a music video using a miniature set
using a lighting box with flourscent bulbs to use as a floor for
a science fiction type setting. It will look similar to the rooms
in space at the end of "2001: A Space Odyssey". There will be
miniature furniture in the room as well. There will also be walls
made out of white plastic. I plan on shooting a mixture of stop
motion and footage in HD (1920x1080@20fps or 1220x 720p@30fps)

Lighting:
2 x Lowell Tota lights (halogen bulbs) with umbrellas
Camera
Canon Rebel T1i

Questions:
-Since this is supposed to be some abstract dimension in space, should
the lighting be "cool" or "warm"? I know I have to gel either the
halogens or the flourscents.

-It will probably be easier to gel the flourscent on the lighting box but
shouldn't the look be better as "cool white light" -- in more of the Kubrick manner?

-What is the color temperature of the sun as a light source in space?

-Should I used both Tota lights (halogen") with umbrellas or should I shoot
it as if one of those lights is the light source (the sun) from one side
of the scene?

-How can I best mix stills for stop motion and HD footage in terms of color
temperature settings and matching?

I probably have a bunch of other questions but I'll stop there for now.

Thanks,

Robert
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#2 Chris Millar

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Posted 02 June 2010 - 10:20 PM

Questions:
-Since this is supposed to be some abstract dimension in space, should the lighting be "cool" or "warm"? I know I have to gel either the halogens or the flourscents.

>> up to you ! you are the vision here - I would say at least be aware of the norms for 'abstract dimensions in space' so you can break them meaningfully - as to what those rules are... hmmm :lol: - at least be aware you can use more than one colour in a shot, you might not need that gel...

-It will probably be easier to gel the flourscent on the lighting box but shouldn't the look be better as "cool white light" -- in more of the Kubrick manner?

>> test - again, up to you...

-What is the color temperature of the sun as a light source in space?

>> which sun ? depends on its age and size - ours, I think warm - google it

-Should I used both Tota lights (halogen") with umbrellas or should I shoot it as if one of those lights is the light source (the sun) from one side of the scene?

>> if you're in a spot that is meant to be illuminated by the sun directly then use the hard light of the Tota bulb (they have to used horizontally so don't rotate it to get the thin/harder axis shadows in line with your talent)... But if you're really close to the sun (Sunshine the film for instance) then the light wont be so hard/collimated and the umbrellas would be a good idea... But don't be a slave to motivated light if you can tell the story better with some other trick

-How can I best mix stills for stop motion and HD footage in terms of color temperature settings and matching?

>> Depends which camera - sounds like you've just the one there - so I'm assuming the stills have a different compression system than its video mode ? interesting ... will leave that for someone else to answer
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#3 Robert Capria

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Posted 02 June 2010 - 10:52 PM

Hi Chris,

Thanks for your insight. I know I have a series of tests to do
to answer these questions.

Robert
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