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#1 Angelo Lorenzo

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 09:27 PM

I've been brought on late to the process with an upcoming commercial. Our director is in love with the idea of a Briese light (focusable parabolic umbrella) as the key light for a number of our set ups. Of couse, due to rental cost this basically destroys the lighting/grip budget and limits our ability to have more practical things like a doorway dolly.

 

I would rather have an HMI bounced into silver speckle with some rim lights and some support from makeup with a bit of shimmer powder or glycerine.

 

Any other suggestions to get 80% of the bresie look without the cost?


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#2 John David Miller

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Posted 28 July 2013 - 03:43 PM

B2Pro makes a similar light...much cheaper but probably not 80%

If you want something very cheap; take an 8x frame and skin it with half grid. Then tape two sheets of foamcore together into an 8x8 and cut a large circle in the middle of the foamcore. Clip it to your 8x frame like a hard matte (black side facing the subject). Book light or push through an intermidiate diffusion to get an evenly lit, large, circular light source. If you want it softer...cut a bigger circle or move it closer.

Cheaper but slower...lots of stands.
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#3 Rick Cook

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 12:33 AM

I have bounced a 1.2k HMI off some ultrabounce through three frames with 1/4 diffusion in a sort of U shape wrapping around the talent. Its not exactly the Briese look, but I like the quality it gives to a female face.
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#4 Edward Lawrence Conley III

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 07:50 PM

http://www.profoto.c...rella-xl-silver

 

 

It will fit in to the Profoto HMI or Tungsten- but it is only a 1200 source.

 

 

 

You don't list your location.


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#5 JD Hartman

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 11:15 AM

Time is money, in all endevours.  Do you have the time to spend experimenting on you own time, so the Director can save a bunch of money then take credit for getting the look the client was after?  Did the conversation go something like, "Angelo, we don't have the budget, I know you can pull off this look somehow. Work on it before the shoot  I'll make it up to you on the next job, I promise."   Director gets all the accolades and "high fives" for getting it right, Director becomes forgetful when the next time rolls around.


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#6 Jimmy Gilmore

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Posted 03 August 2013 - 09:20 AM

It's not nearly as precise, versatile or cool looking but I have a 8 ft Westcott parabolic that costs about $100 bucks and makes a beautiful soft key. Comes in white and silver I believe. Easts lots of light. I regularly bounce multiple sources into it.


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