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Wendy Sanders McDonlad

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  1. thanks for the response David. But I did some research, even with the exchange rate factor, Ontario has 13% tax in total. Being a small production, I'm not eligible for any tax incentives. My main costs are 1) gear rental 2) crew 3) food 4) set design/ costumes 5) actors. And I found that 1) , 3) 4) costs more due to the sales tax, considering Oregon and Delaware and (a rock throw away) in New Hampshire has no sales tax at all. Location, crew and actors' rate costs about the same for this particular one-apartment shoot.
  2. I'm talking about an independent production or short film, where I can not get the tax incentives from labor costs. It seems like food and camera rental costs quite a bit more than it is in the USA, with the 13% totally sales tax, to feed the crew and rent equipment. Borrowlenses has much better rate than the handful of rental houses in Toronto...Am I right in this?
  3. I guess I should have gotten a spot meter... anyone looking for a sekonic L358? hahah
  4. Well, for a sophisticated sequence as we are referring to, I'll need a walk through with the cameras anyway....so i don't see the problem here.... It seems to me people arguing there's advantage in using an incident meter only when: You can get a stand in, you can't take the camera there... LMAO
  5. Why couldn't I walk with the actor and take continuous spot readings?
  6. I'm even more confused with this black couch thing... let's say a black person's face then..
  7. Follow up: what if I walk close to my subject and point my incident meter TOWARDS the subject with the lumen sphere down? Will that simulate the function of a spot meter, sort of only taking the reading of the light reflected from the subject? (that is to say, there's no smoke or dust between the subject and the actor)
  8. So let's say I want to save money. Can I salvage an old still camera like Nikon FM2N and put a telephoto lens on it to use as a spot meter? I'm just curious, do you use either of these meters while shooting a relatively low profile, with digital camera, nowadays?
  9. 1) Do you know what's the general focal lengths of the a spot meter? I agree, it seems like to me nowadays this is what a light meter is designed for, given all the zebra/ histograms and other build in functions of the digital cameras. Am I correct?
  10. Ok, just to confirm. Is the difference between using the two meters a matter of if "I walk across the room" and "I walk across the room with a standin"? "you'd also have no way to measure how hot any backlight is in that situation (without moving to the opposite side of the room/space." I don't quite understand this part, if I'm shooting in from the other side, (where the camera is) why can't I just use the spot meter to look from there the camera is? Again, is this a matter of whether I can meter with a standin or not?
  11. I couldn't think of such case where i'm metering an area(air) where I can not get the actors/ stand in positioned there to get a more accurate reading, unless it's a stunt/action situation, in which case are you implying you only use incident meter in those rare occasions? No body seems to answer my first question, that if spot meter will tell you more accurately how much light reflected off the subject, then why bother will an incident meter and calibrate the light absorbing/reflecting factors???
  12. I say the spot meter is more "accurate" in the sense it gives you the reflected light value instead of the amount of light falling onto it. For example, a black couch with velvet upholstery. If you light it from the incident reading it will be completely off, since the fabrics is not nearly as reflective.
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