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#1 tom clapson

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 02:56 PM

im currently in pre production as dp for my final film at uni, and we are planning a few scenes with a sickly green lights similar to "Natural Born Killers" but not so the full set is illuminated green, more just sleceted areas down a corridor having this green glow. I will be shooting on a 5d mkii so will be open on changing colour temperature to help achieve this. what i need to know is which lights, gels, and colour temperature would create these greens?

thanks for any help and advice

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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 06:36 PM

im currently in pre production as dp for my final film at uni, and we are planning a few scenes with a sickly green lights similar to "Natural Born Killers" but not so the full set is illuminated green, more just sleceted areas down a corridor having this green glow. I will be shooting on a 5d mkii so will be open on changing colour temperature to help achieve this. what i need to know is which lights, gels, and colour temperature would create these greens?

thanks for any help and advice


I believe those scenes used greenscreen tubes in the fixtures, which put out a very narrow bandwidth of pure saturated color. If you don't want to go that far, you could try setting your camera to 3200K and then gelling Cool White tubes with full Plus Green gel or something similar.

For more on special greenscreen tubes, see:
http://kinoflo.com/K...gner Colors.htm
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Posted 16 April 2012 - 07:25 AM

cool thanks for that just orderd some lee filters full green and ill give it a try when they arrive
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#4 Stephen Selby

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 12:52 PM

Yes always go for gels. Ask them to send you a swatch pack and then play around with one to find the perfect colours. Never rely on post production colour changes - get it right in camera.


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