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#1 Ale Capo

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Posted 07 January 2017 - 09:12 AM

Hi all,

 

I have a doubt for this shot:

 

Early morning,

a car is moving and the camera is rigged from the side of the car, pointing from out toward the driver.

 

There is the car window's glass in between camera and the character who is driving.

 

My concern is about the window's glass (possible reflections or any other inconvenient)

Do you think I will have to cover the camera from the top is that it stays in the shadow?

Is there anything else I should keep in mind?

 

Thanks!

 

Alessandro


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#2 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 07 January 2017 - 10:10 AM

Is the character speaking or driving at high speed? If not, you could wind the window down and not have the camera shooting through side window glass.


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Posted 07 January 2017 - 03:37 PM

Bring a circular polarization filter to cut reflections


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#4 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 07 January 2017 - 09:49 PM

The only way to shoot through the driver side window and not see the camera is to be far enough off-angle to not be reflected in the glass.  

 

If the camera is flat-on enough to be reflected in the glass, then putting black around the camera won't help because then you'll just see a black shape reflected in the glass, and if you enlarge the black shape so that it fills the glass, then you won't have any reflections at all in the glass.  And if the camera is at an angle that it can see itself reflected, then a polarizing filter is not going to remove that reflection, the polarizer works best dealing with reflections at the opposite angle to the camera's position.

 

Where a polarizer is useful is when you get the camera at enough of an angle to not be reflected, then you can use the polarizer to control the heaviness of the reflections over the actor's face.

 

Today, many productions would roll down the window so that they can shoot the driver in profile from outside their door, and if they want to, they can add reflections in post as if the window was rolled up, if they shoot a clean plate of what would be going by in the glass reflection.


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#5 Ale Capo

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Posted 08 January 2017 - 11:26 AM

I will not be able to test this shot before the shooting so I will bring the options to the director.

Do you think with an angle like this (not profile but frontal 45) I should be able to avoid the camera reflection?

Thanks!


Edited by Ale Capo, 08 January 2017 - 11:35 AM.

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#6 Ale Capo

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Posted 08 January 2017 - 11:35 AM

** Trying to upload a screenshot, can't visualize it


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