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#1 Mark Williams

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Posted 11 September 2005 - 08:27 AM

Many times in Films you see torches being used to great effect and I was wondering how those brilliant shafts of light are made? Are the torches modified in some way or is just a fast lens and low light?
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#2 Matt Pacini

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Posted 12 September 2005 - 01:26 PM

They're special lights, but I don't remember what, exactly.
I read an article on X-Files a few years ago, where they described those lights (which are the best ever!).
Perhaps do a Google search using X-Files in the search, & something should come up.

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#3 Matt Pacini

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Posted 12 September 2005 - 01:30 PM

This might help:
http://www.cinematog...ight_Effect.htm
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#4 Dimitrios Koukas

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Posted 12 September 2005 - 02:55 PM

Many times in Films you see torches being used to great effect and I was wondering how those brilliant shafts of light are made? Are the torches modified in some way or is just a fast lens and low light?

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You just need a maglight with five or six batteries?, (you know the long one) and
sensitive film stock or fast lences.
The trick that will do the job for you is smoke.Just smoke the set.
For the clos-ups just move the torches closer to the subject u want to be lit and also u can use some spun or diffusion, to spread the beam more even and not with hot spots.
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Posted 12 September 2005 - 03:11 PM

Thanks Matt ! Problem Solved. :)


Dimitrios Thanks also... I was watching se7en the other night. Sure had a coupla powerful torches in that !

Edited by Mark Williams, 12 September 2005 - 03:15 PM.

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#6 Josh Silfen

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Posted 12 September 2005 - 03:22 PM

The brightest flashlights are the Xenons, such as those made by Streamlight (www.streamlight.com) and Surefire (www.surefire.com). Some have an adjustable beam and some don't. It is probably desirable to get one that does for your purposes so you can control the shafts of light. You will need smoke in the room to see the shafts though.
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Many times in Films you see torches being used to great effect and I was wondering how those brilliant shafts of light are made? Are the torches modified in some way or is just a fast lens and low light?

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