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#1 Dylan Sunshine Saliba

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Posted 11 April 2015 - 07:51 AM

Hello all you wonderful cinematic minds out there!
Olympia Washington here and I'm hoping to get some input and a solution on this. I'm shooting a beyond micro budget feature in the fall and I've got this in the screenplay:
"EXT. CAMPFIRE IN FOREST - EVENING
Moving through a campfire to young mans face."
My first impulse is to set up the jib with a longer lens and have two grips hold a steel plate to cover the fire as I go over, but that will change the light coming from the fire. I could also rig some sort of protection plate under the camera and jib, but I would prefer not to add more weight than is needed on the jib. I also have a "danadolly like" DIY dolly that is six feet of straight track. I guess I could go past the fire and pan with the subject.
I'm shooting with a C100 and I've got a selection of decent glass, so if anyone has ANY ideas how to pull this shot off, PLEASE help!
Thanks for looking!
Dylan
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#2 Satsuki Murashige

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Posted 11 April 2015 - 09:30 AM

A long zoom lens would work. Has the added benefit of keeping the fire/flame effect in frame for the whole shot.
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#3 Dylan Sunshine Saliba

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Posted 11 April 2015 - 10:32 AM

A long zoom lens would work. Has the added benefit of keeping the fire/flame effect in frame for the whole shot.

Definitely my first thought too Satsuki! I have the Canon 70-200mm F2.8 IS that I'm planning on using at about 135mm F5.6. I was really hoping there is some trick shot to take it "through" the flames.
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#4 Satsuki Murashige

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Posted 12 April 2015 - 02:55 AM

How about using two flame bars in front of camera? Split them left and right as the camera moves past them, Citizen Kane style.
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#5 Dylan Sunshine Saliba

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Posted 12 April 2015 - 05:34 AM

How about using two flame bars in front of camera? Split them left and right as the camera moves past them, Citizen Kane style.

Thank you Mr. Murashige! That's sounds like a great idea!
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