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#1 gino varisano

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 12:20 PM

I recently gaffed a film with lots of candle and fire light scenes, which gave me this idea... So I built this device that flickers a light in sync with an actual flame, be it candle or fire... (it is currently set up to handle up to 1.5k but could easily be modified for higher wattages) The sensor, which reads the light levels, is currently attached to a length of speaker wire and is very small (easy to hide in a scene) I guess i'm wondering if anyone would actually use something like this or if people are happy enough with current methods.

Here is a lousy video example I filmed with my droid.



and here is an example in use...



there are dimmers to control high point and low point, as well as two knobs to control the sensitivity of the sensor
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#2 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 12:42 PM

Hell I would. Looks really cool. Planning on selling 'em?

Also what type of socket do you have it running into?
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Posted 21 May 2011 - 03:18 PM

I recently gaffed a film with lots of candle and fire light scenes, which gave me this idea... So I built this device that flickers a light in sync with an actual flame, be it candle or fire... (it is currently set up to handle up to 1.5k but could easily be modified for higher wattages) The sensor, which reads the light levels, is currently attached to a length of speaker wire and is very small (easy to hide in a scene) I guess i'm wondering if anyone would actually use something like this or if people are happy enough with current methods.

Here is a lousy video example I filmed with my droid.



and here is an example in use...



there are dimmers to control high point and low point, as well as two knobs to control the sensitivity of the sensor


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#4 PETER KREKLOW

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 03:21 PM

I recently gaffed a film with lots of candle and fire light scenes, which gave me this idea... So I built this device that flickers a light in sync with an actual flame, be it candle or fire... (it is currently set up to handle up to 1.5k but could easily be modified for higher wattages) The sensor, which reads the light levels, is currently attached to a length of speaker wire and is very small (easy to hide in a scene) I guess i'm wondering if anyone would actually use something like this or if people are happy enough with current methods.

Here is a lousy video example I filmed with my droid.



and here is an example in use...



there are dimmers to control high point and low point, as well as two knobs to control the sensitivity of the sensor

I would by one if it's well made and reliable. E-mail me when you have one available grip@cox.net
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Posted 21 May 2011 - 03:23 PM

Currently, a standard edison plug... I don't have the money to legit manufacture them, but I could build one for anyone who wanted one. For about $200 or so...
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Posted 21 May 2011 - 03:51 PM

Magic gadget has one like that:

http://www.filmandvi...maga2kfldi.html

It doesn't use a sensor but it usually does the trick.

they also have a three channel one.

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#7 Simon Woodley Cave

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 08:07 AM

I recently gaffed a film with lots of candle and fire light scenes, which gave me this idea... So I built this device that flickers a light in sync with an actual flame, be it candle or fire... (it is currently set up to handle up to 1.5k but could easily be modified for higher wattages) The sensor, which reads the light levels, is currently attached to a length of speaker wire and is very small (easy to hide in a scene) I guess i'm wondering if anyone would actually use something like this or if people are happy enough with current methods.

Here is a lousy video example I filmed with my droid.



and here is an example in use...



there are dimmers to control high point and low point, as well as two knobs to control the sensitivity of the sensor

sounds cool i just gaffered a simmilar style movie and we just ended up putting everything through a dimmer and controlling it of a laptop.My question is what sensor did you use and how did you attach it to each individual dimmer?
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#8 Christopher Husta

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 10:39 PM

Hey that looks great! I built something similar but it uses a flame bulb so there's no actually fire and its all self contained. the plans and parts were taken from this link. I used a 1k watt dimmer so it can be used with lights up to 1k. It actually works amazing!

http://www.hauntedil...ightflicker.php
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