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#1 Joe Taylor

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 09:15 AM

Will be shooting a campfire scene that takes place in a shallow cove. Will have a small fire that serves as the key lighting source but will need to augment the campfire with LED lights. If anybody has any experience with a similar lighting arrangement, can you advise how you lit your scene and especially what gel filters you used?


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#2 Stuart Brereton

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 03:47 PM

I tend to use small tungsten units with Full CTS, some dimmed down, others on flicker boxes, for fire effects. Are you using LEDs because of a lack of power at your location? If so, what LEDs are you planning to use? I've been using the Quasar Science Q-Line battery powered tubes a lot recently, and I really like them.


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#3 Igor Trajkovski

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 04:31 PM

Somebody uploaded the Kodak Cinematography Masterclass with Dean Semler on YT.

There he reconstructs a scene in a natives tent with fireplace. 
Might give you ideas, the thinking behind it.

Kodak Master Class Series: Lighting Dances with Wolves





 


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Posted 15 November 2017 - 08:46 AM

Hey Stuart.  Indeed, the location is deep in the desert.  LED's with v-Mounts.  For this shoot I'll be using ikans.  We did a test last night and the fire produced the desired flicker.  I'm bouncing a full-straw LED off the ceiling left of the fire for fill.  Then using an blue gelled LED for rim/moon light.  Also backlights the smoke for a nifty effect.

 

Giving the link a look now, Igor.  Many thanks.  


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#5 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 16 November 2017 - 08:45 AM

If you want to spend a bit more money; you can get the new litegear lite-mat 2s which run off of battery and have a really nice firefx box.
another option is a skypanel S30 which, you could power off of a block battery and I believe has the same FXs as the S60 (though truth be told i've never used the S30).

My favorite; though is generally tungsten lights through a flickerbox, often a few china-balls with 250W bulbs in them and appropriate gels, or sometimes the 22" Jem Balls with 1000W or 500W globes- though if you're away from power thats a no-go

 

Something else to think about; depending on how close your cars are, is running off of an inverter.


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