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Michael Kosciesza

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  • Birthday 11/24/1987

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    Chicago, Illinois
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    Music, Movies, Lava Lamps, Spirituality, Star Wars

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  1. You defiantly need a much brighter light source but if budget does not permit, you're better off using reflectors. Lighting in a forest may look beautiful naturally with branches and leaves shaping the light falling on a subject. If you're getting too much light falling on the talent try diffusing it with a "branchaloris" (DIY cookaloris made of leaves and sticks). It acts like a screen but looks more natural in a forest set environment. My best advice for you is to go and location scout a area with a big clearing for sunlight. You'd be surprised how fast the sun moves across the sky especial
  2. Here is another still. You can see his face is brighter then the ambient cab light. The reflector was aimed at his face from closer distance and is more spotted.
  3. A few days ago, I did a exterior car scene lit with only the sun. It was a nice warm, bright winter day, we couldn't ask for anything more. (Except for maybe a HMI haha) But for a low budget short that was not an option so I brought my reflector boards for control knowing we'd need them. Once we started blocking the actor we found the sun light was being blocked by the car's roof so we had to take out our reflectors to bounce light into the cab and key him in. We used the silver side to keep the outside color temperature the same. The gold side produced a weird warm tone that didn't match the
  4. What kind of light would I use to create contrast and hot streaks? I'm thinking tweenie or betweenie? How can I achieve different light intensities?
  5. Those COOL LIGHTS are pretty cool :P. I did some more research on them and found mixed reviews. I guess a major concern is the green spike which I don't see a big deal in. A little CC gel will fix that problem. But what got me is the price, its unbeatable. You obviously won't get the quality of a DEVO or Arri but those are $1000+ not in my budget (for now). My question apart from the fixtures is, can I mix fluorescents with tungsten lighting? I have a few tweenies and betweenies I'd like to use for a kick or some back/ground light, but how would the camera react to this? Is it it just;
  6. Hello, I am looking to expand my film/video equipment and finally deciding to buying some decent lights with softboxes. The use for these light will be very versatile from studio interviews to on location shoots. Defiantly traveling with me. My budget is around $500 and want to find some good deals. I'm also hoping to get two lights. I've been browsing B&H and found a few good deals. These caught my eye (but not stuck on them): Interfit StellarTungsten Smith-Victor 1000W Interfit Stellar X-1000 Has anyone ever used these kits? Are there any better kits for about the s
  7. What if you were to replace the ceiling fluorescent bulbs they have in right now with new brighter ones. Then bounce some of those scoops off the ceiling or walls to add a little more ambient light. Use those soft boxes on the actors during closeups to eliminate shadows and brighten up their faces. As for the room being dark before the teacher walks in why not use the projector light and some of those soft boxes or scoops to simulate projector light on the student. Florescent lighting is already pretty bright and soft so i don't think you'll need much to light this scene. Move those light
  8. I'll build a dimmer box today and see how it works. Thanks for the helpful advice. I'll post some photos from the set and let you know how it went.
  9. I'm lighting a kitchen scene in a few days and was wondering how I can get a florescent light fixture to flicker? I already know that fluorescent lighting flickers super fast that the human eye can't see but I need to create a effect. Is there some sort of adapter I can buy or wire the fixture in a certain way? I looked online but can't seem to find a suitable solution. Also, it doesn't have to be fluorescent , a incandescent light bulb may work too but fluorescent lighting looks a lot cooler. Thanks.
  10. Amazing! Wish I had the money to shoot on film... One day! =) KEEP IT REEL!!!
  11. Here's some pictures of the room http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4072/4664452240_42fbe77fba_m.jpg http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4010/4664452514_3d66cda485_m.jpg http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4046/4664452918_92b179ea7a_m.jpg I'm not exactly sure on the dimensions but it's fairly small. We're shooting on HDV, or a Canon xh a1
  12. I will be lighting a motel room for a short film. The room in the script is described as dingy but takes place in the day. I think I'm gonna go with a more film noir look because later on in the script someone gets shot in the room so I wanna keep the intensity of the room constant. Add to the drama. These are the following lights i have to work with. 2X 2k Fresnel 2X Scoops 1X Baby Fresnel and i can also get some lights at the hardware store and light with them. Any suggestions? There is a window in the room but im planning to keep the blinds pretty closed to keep the
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