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#1 Tati

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 02:54 PM

Hi guys!

Want to ask for advice.
Need to shoot a film in a huge open space on 50th floor of a skyscraper. There are several problems: uncovered windows all over the perimeter and thus lot of reflections and also there should be day and night shoots (like small reality project). It is very important to show the city view and minimize reflections.
Any tips or ideas?
Or maybe you saw something like this in movies or sitcoms or reality shows?
Or maybe it is worth trying to play with reflection?

Please help.
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#2 Damien Andre

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 10:10 PM

reflections could be interesting depending on what your going for. id try a polarizing filter to get rid of the reflections, however the day sky becomes a deep blue and is a bit darker with the polarizer. it probably wont kill all reflections either, depending on the angles.
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Posted 05 July 2011 - 05:42 PM

You are going to have a lot going against you, if what's outside is important, and it sounds like it is.

A couple things to look out for:

1. Reflections, obviously, as you've said. (Try not to be a 90 degree angles to the windows to keep yourself out of the reflection).

2. The difference in brightness between what's outside and what's inside is going to be a huge problem for you - daytime, outside is going to be too bright, and nighttime - it's going to be too dark.

Either way, you're going to have problems if you're hoping to see your actors inside, AND the scene outside - daytime exteriors will be blown out, and nighttime exteriors will be super dark.

You have to expose for what's most important, which is your actors, so unless you can put ND's (Neutral Density Filters) on all the windows for your daytime shooting, (and I'm guessing you can't) you won't be able to do much to control any of this.

As always, try to get into the actual location and shoot tests.
At least you will know what you will be up against and can plan accordingly.

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