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#1 edwinderwael

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 12:43 PM

Hi everybody,

I am preparing a shoot for a short movie. Actually we are just preparing the tests,
we are gonna make a little teaser just to check everything out.
The whole movie is shot on a kind of wooden raft in the middle of a lake (you dont see anything else then water).
For the underwater stuff we go to a swimmingpool.

IT IS A NIGHT SETTING! The only light source there is , is a fire torch on the raft.
The fire has no effect on the underwater shots, we want to create something abstract cause it is a fantasy world.
I was thinkin about making a circle of back/top light around personage for when he is on the surface (FILMED IN LAKE)
And for the underwater shots take that idea but make it harder.

[NOW MY QUESTION IS:

how can I simulate a lake like feeling in a swimming pool?
I think it is gonna be an indoor pool so i can make everything dark and make a rigg or something over the pool with a couple of hmis in back top or maybe working via mirrors. I just want to make sure it is not a clear blue pool look, and I want to make sure we dont see the end or the floor of the pool. You think putting black cloths underwater on the floor and walls is a good idea to get the infinite feeling?

If you want to have a better vieuw about what i mean I can send some parts of the storyboard.

THANK YOU SO MUCH!

WIM

Any suggestions are welkom...
I heard about the milk additif you can use, I dont know yet If we may do that
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#2 JD Hartman

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 06:12 PM

How about using miniatures? Will all the filming at the enclosed pool be done from below or alongside the raft? You can use Aquashade (trademark), a non-toxic chemical used to darken the water in ponds and fountains. Depending on the camera angle, the biggest issue maybe tricking the eye with a forced perspective.
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#3 Rupert MacCarthy-Morrogh

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Posted 03 July 2010 - 10:21 AM

We did this last year for a commercial, we rigged large black drapes on two sides of the pool extending about 10' under water and about 16' above the water line. We used a strong backlight (4k HMI) and bounced a 2.5k HMI in from behind the camera for the key, and another to side light the rain. The pool is normally used for survival training so has a wave, wind and rain machine built in (nice...)

Here is a behind the scenes photo I took of the the action and this is an example of the result. This is a the pool normally looks like.

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Posted 03 July 2010 - 12:14 PM

Rupert Mac, very nice result.
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#5 Rupert MacCarthy-Morrogh

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Posted 03 July 2010 - 01:12 PM

Rupert Mac, very nice result.


Thanks JD. It was a fun shoot (Lots of big boys toys to play with Posted Image )
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