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#1 George Ebersole

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 03:51 PM

When I used to grip a lot I heard lots of calls for Bastard Amber, but I never noticed anything significant in the dailies on any of the commercials or features I worked on.

 

Can someone tell me what Bastard Amber does to a light, and how it shows up on film?

 

Thanks much.


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#2 George Ebersole

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Posted 13 August 2013 - 02:55 PM

not one of you people knows?


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#3 Stuart Brereton

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Posted 13 August 2013 - 06:24 PM

Bastard Amber is a Pinkish/Orange gel. I used to use it as part of a High Pressure Sodium look.


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#4 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 13 August 2013 - 07:20 PM

Never used it far as I know, but I assume it is amber-colored as the name suggests.
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#5 Stuart Brereton

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Posted 13 August 2013 - 07:53 PM

Never used it far as I know, but I assume it is amber-colored as the name suggests.

It's actually not amber, certainly not compared to Pale Amber, or Medium Amber. Bastard Amber is much more pink, very similar to LEEs Pale Gold & Gold Tint, or LEE 147 Apricot.

 

I used to combine it with varying strengths of CTO to get a Sodium look.


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#6 George Ebersole

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Posted 13 August 2013 - 10:01 PM

Thanks everyone.  A lot of the gaffers I worked with always had a roll of the stuff hanging around.  It was more of a gold stripe gel, but I never saw appreciable change in the dailies.

 

I figured people swore by the stuff because it was used an awful lot on film shoots.


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#7 Tom Coughlin

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 08:05 AM

Bastard Amber is a theater specific gel color--it's slightly green deficient. When you light people with it, the human eye is tricked by the shortage of transmitted green light, which creates a visual impresson that the subject is slightly out of focus due to differences in focal points between red light and blue light in the human eye. Takes a few years off a leading lady.


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Posted 11 December 2013 - 10:44 AM

Give ROSCO and LEE a ring and purchase a swatch pack - invaluable. I've got some bastard in the loft - though haven't used it much - only tend to use CTOs and CTBs.


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