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#1 Brandon Ruiz

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Posted 01 May 2018 - 02:06 PM

I'm shooting a warehouse interior day for night on a music video and want to try gelling or papering windows warmer for a stylized look to suggest sodium vapor coming from outside. Tenting and lighting isn't really in the budget. Anyone have any luck with a material that looks good on windows DFN? I'm pretty sure a straight CTS or CTO gel on the windows won't give me the the contrast to suggest a night exterior. Maybe something like unbleached waxed paper would work? 

 

 


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#2 Frank Wylie

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Posted 01 May 2018 - 03:45 PM

Save yourself some heartache;  tent the windows and relight the panes with the proper gels if you can. 

 

Shooting natural light with gels or paper will be a continuity nightmare as the sun shifts overhead.

 

If you are uncertain, just put some cheap butcher paper over the windows and run a timelapse test of the duration that would be your shoot.  I think you'll see the problems that might occur by trying to use natural light over an extended period.


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#3 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 01 May 2018 - 04:07 PM

Another option would be to use 1000H  Vellum on the windows and then color correct it later on (or do a LUT in camera) to make it that nasty color. I'd realty TEST to see what gel you could use on your own lighting in order to give you a white reference (something blue-ish, probably).

 

Of course, if you don't completely black out the windows you'll still not have much contrast unless you're using HUGE units; so honestly your best bet would be to just black out all the windows and have the outside be "black" and then use lights on the inside.


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