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Michael Kosciesza

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  1. shallow depth of field

  2. she's a twentieth century fox, yeah yeah

  3. great shoot tonight at SEARS. we pulled it through!

  4. ugh i missed the ups man

  5. happy mothers day mother nature, mother earth, mother goddess, and my personal mom, Pani malgorzata kosciesza!

  6. body pillow via Arthur Swidzinski, sound booth in the middle of my room, film makers seminar tomorrow morning at Columbia College, inspirational friends, 1k flo this week, 27" monitor coming my way, ultimate CC and AE DVD menues, GROW doc, about organic/ community farming, Life is Good. Good Night Viral Patel

  7. i don't believe people deserve to die

  8. in the soundbooth uh yeah

  9. 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 especially when shooting. A rehearsal with actors and DP would be a good idea so you don't waste time blocking shots and letting the day go by. From my experience, I think filming in a forest is a very tricky task especially if you have no control over lighting, weather conditions, even ambient noise (planes, cars, people, etc.) Good Luck on the shoot. Let us know how it went. MK
  10. Gus Van Sant is the man

  11. 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.
  12. 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 outside. I found reflecting the suns light onto the board produced a more white light and was quite harsh from close distance. You defiantly have to experiment with distance from reflector in relation to the subject. Keep the reflector still so the light doesn't move on the actors face. Here is a still from the shoot. Eileen Ryan is right, with no sun, no reflection, with no reflection, no light, and with no light, you're stuck. We ran into this problem that day. Crew call was around 7AM. We set up our jib, monitor, audio, etc... by the time everyone was ready it was about 10. Production ran smoothly until about 2PM, when the clouds rolled in, and the sun faded away. We had no light source and were still filming car interiors. We turned off the ND filter, opened the iris, but the picture was still dark. It obviously didn't look the same. With no other option, we stopped filming. What I would have done different: There was a bit of light leaking in and spilling onto the passenger seat. I would have placed a white board on the seat aimed at the actor in the drivers seat to fill him in. Also, a small battery powered LED light would have worked in the cab for a more reliable light source. A 6X6 silk on C Stands would be nice to block off any hard light bouncing off snow creating a blown out image. Next time, I'm going to try getting the hardest beam I can off the reflector and bounce it onto a white reflector board placed outside the windshield, hoping this will spread the lighting a little more. A lot of what you can do depends on the equipment you have available. When you are limited, you really have to think about your setup in advance. Scout out the location, look up weather from a few sources, take a few stills so you can map things out, get people who will not mind holding up a reflector for a number of hours.
  13. You are a mac, I am a pc, can we be friends?

  14. 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?
  15. 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; add CTB and white balance, and we're ready to shoot? I've never used fluorescents in a production before. By the way I have a AF100 and XHA1 I really like what I'm seeing here and I'm sure the camera will too. Anybody use these for an extensive amount of time? How do they hold up after prolong use?
  16. 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 same price range. Would you recommend 500W or 1000W? Do you guys know of any other places that sells lights for cheaper? Oh how chimeras would be nice. (but they're pricey) Thanks for your help.
  17. Your EP is better then your LP

  18. third times the charm, why not the fourth?

  19. 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 lights around in the room.
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