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#1 Zander Kroon

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Posted 21 September 2010 - 12:56 AM

For an upcoming shoot I'm gaffing we will be doing a night exterior at a pool. The DP and I would like to create the moving water look on the walls. I remember reading an article about lighting at pools and "drip pans" are often used to create the waving lines, water effect. What are some good ways of making my own drip pan?
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#2 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 21 September 2010 - 08:44 AM

1 Pan, like a good sized cooking pan, 1 broken mirror, 1 light, 1 stick, 1 grip or PA stirring it to taste. Give it a test 'round the house.
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#3 Bruce Taylor

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Posted 21 September 2010 - 01:03 PM

I remember reading an article about lighting at pools and "drip pans" are often used


Huh, I wonder if they still sell them at the auto parts store? A drip pan is a large (about 3x4') shallow pan that was used to keep the drips of oil dropping from your car's engine from fouling your driveway or garage floor. In the olden days they even had them under new cars at the dealership! These days a drop of oil on the ground means a trip to the mechanic to find out what the problem is.

Adrian's solution sounds good if a "drip pan" is a thing of the past.
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#4 JD Hartman

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Posted 21 September 2010 - 01:53 PM

The metal oil drip pans are still available at places like Pep Boys, Strauss Auto, others. However they aren't very reflective. An aluminum over liner (grease drip pan), might work better. Try your local dollar store.
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#5 Zander Kroon

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Posted 21 September 2010 - 07:23 PM

Sorry, I'm not sure what the correct term for it would be. Drip pan, water pan, etc. Here is a photo of what I am referring to:

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David Mullen discussed using one for Jennifer's Body.
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#6 JD Hartman

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Posted 22 September 2010 - 02:38 PM

Several answers to your question have already been posted. It's nothing special, nothing specifically made for the film industry. Just a shallow pan, filled with water, some reflective material in it and a light bounced off of it. Could be a plastic or metal pan, doesn't really matter, use wrinkled aluminum foil pieces on the bottom, or broken mirror or Rosco soft silver or anything else that gives you the desired effect. Agitate the water or the pan to produce some ripples, just try it out.
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