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#1 Cory Carlick

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Posted 24 December 2010 - 07:47 PM

I originally asked this on DVXUser.com, and they suggested I pose the question here. I posted the link to the thread with my examples because for some reason this forum is saying "You are trying to upload more media than you were allowed.

http://www.dvxuser.c...867#post2196867

Hi,

Quick question.

In the 1980s, a lot of movies have a very specific kind of lightning that appears to be with a very specific bulb. It's a very intense blue and has a slight hesitation or ramp before it reaches its full intensity. I'm looking very specifically for the kinds of lights/bulbs that were used to achieve this. Can anyone tell me what bulb/light this is? I can easily track it down. I just don't have any models and manufacturers. I get "Why do you really want to have that specific look?" (Because that's what the client wants, plus I like that look.)

Most of the lightning now we achieve with strobes/ DMX controllers, which are a very even, ON/OFF with no ramp to be seen. The other technique, either flashing an incandescent on and off or rapidly opening and shuttering.

Any help here would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
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#2 Matthew Parnell

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Posted 25 December 2010 - 07:57 AM

Lighting shutters are probably what your looking for. They go onto the front of usually hmis and with a quick flutter you have lightning Usually manually pole operated, but motorized ones are floating around..

Edited by Matthew Parnell, 25 December 2010 - 07:59 AM.

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#3 Steve Zimmerman

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Posted 25 December 2010 - 07:05 PM

Looks like there was an earlier thread about this:
http://www.cinematog...showtopic=42124

Reply #7 seems to be what you are asking. David Lynch uses that type of lightning flash as well.

http://thecityofabsu...tlhdeming2.html

I think quickly turning off and on the film camera for a flash is a clever idea as well.
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