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  1. I'm shooting a music video inside a restaurant with drop ceiling (location) and would like to create practical overhead lighting (like this) to give us more freedom with our framing. In the example above -- it looks like they popped out tiles where they needed light, laid out a large cut of diffusion across several tiles and placed individual fluorescent tubes (astera, quasar or kino?) on each rectangle. What do you think? Can anyone provide any helpful ideas on how to achieve lighting like this on a modest budget? The restaurant also has several 3-bank T12 fluorescent fixtures alre
  2. As winter is coming ski tourism spots are amongst the go to jobs in Winter here in Austria. I am lucky to shoot a rather narrative one, probably on Leica Rs. As the Elmarits are rather sharp I am looking for some mild diffusion. Camera will be Amira or Mini with mandatory UHD capture. Shooting outside in wintertime has brought me some problems with diffusion and I found Pearlescent (which I often like to use indoors) as well as ProMist to be unfit for the cause, the halation in bright areas is - of course - affecting snowy parts of images to a great extent. Does anybody have experience
  3. Hey everyone! Long time reader, first-time poster. Recently, in a number of films I've been watching, I've seen a vast amount of ways to light through windows. I brought this subject up to a lighting professor of mine and we've been having discussions on it since. I know that to create realistic and natural window lighting, you need to use a mixture of hard and soft light to represent the sunlight and the soft skylight. Of course, the mixture and positioning of these depend on the time of day you're going for. I haven't had the time to do any tests of my own, but I will attempt some soon.
  4. Hey everyone! First time poster and relatively new member to the boards. Was trying to rack my brain around on this and figured it'd be worth a shot asking here. I'm preparing to direct/shoot a music video next weekend, and I need some advice on choosing a diffusion/beauty filter set. Plan is to shoot on the Alexa with a K-35 25-120mm Macro Zoom (as well as a 14mm Canon Optex if we really need the width). Utilizing HMIs and some Astras for the lighting package. I wanted to give the video an older film feel to the image, which I'm aiming to do via the lenses and using harder lighting vi
  5. You all know that harsh Sun of summer in Rome was a problem during the filming of To Rome with Love so to battle it and create the desired lighting, Darius Khondji and his team used diffusion balloons from ALF Service in Milan. This is how that looked like in Piazza della Madonna dei Monti: They remind me of inflatable air mattresses, that swimming pool/beach toy that, I see now, has a few other names in different varieties of English. I was wondering has anything like this been used elsewhere and how fairly standard is it as a piece of equipment?
  6. Hi everyone, I am a student currently writing about diffusion filters in a short research topic for my BA course. I was wondering if anyone could think of any topics extra I could cover or speak about in more depth. So far Ive spoken about: basic introduction to difference between soft and hard light the various diffusion gels available, EG Frosts, Silks, White diffusions and Grid clothes etc. the results of these gels the effects of strong vs weak diffusion on the tone of a model The visible transmission and light absorption of diffusion gels The effects of increasing and de
  7. Hello cinematographer , I have seen this commercial and I wonder if there is any kind of lens filter to make that diffusion ( I am not talking about the haze smoke , there is different thing is happening there ) Even the external scenes have that diffusion . If yes , there is lens filter , what is that ? I hope I did make myself clear . You can see that on this video : Appreciated your help .
  8. Hello, I am and enthusiast cinematographer in the process of learning and experimenting. I like how the highlights glow in "The great beauty" and other films and I would like to know how to achieve something similar with digital cameras. Aspects I like are: - Detailed but soft (unsharped) images - The light sources seem to glow - The light goes a bit into the boundaries of the shadows - The highlights have a nice roll-off - The light rays can be seen. Aspects I dont like: - Dreamy effect where everything seem to glow - Clipped highlights with bad roll-off I guess
  9. I am confused with inverse square law and diffusion material. Do you calculate the intensity of light falling off over distance from the head or from the diffusion? I love key lights with a "creamy" softness to them as well as being the subjects eye light. (Of course, there are numerous situations where I just can't do that style of lighting) Additionally, to sell the creaminess of the key light, I always try to have the eye light fade away from one side to another. (an example from Dearest Jane, a feature I shot in August 2013) The above shot was lit with a Tweenie through a 4x
  10. Hello everyone, I need your help. I'm currently a film school student. I will direct a very short film/exercise (one day of prep one day of shooting) in 40 days. So the mood and the set design will be a weird mix between Kubrick films (2001, Clockwork..) and THX 1138, kinda. Anyway we have this 4 by 10 meters set at school, that has no ceiling. But I have one obligation for this exercice/short : only use a 16mm lens (on the Alexa). 10 meter long room, 16mm.. I'd better need something as a ceiling. I'd want something white I could use as a diffusion so that the ceiling would be
  11. At the forthcoming BSC expo in London, Carey Duffy of Tiffen UK will screen the Tiffen 4K Diffusion tests I shot for them late last year. The tests consisted of a series of simple comparisons between every brand of Diffusion filter Tiffen currently offer and serve as an excellent reference. Designed in conjunction with Steven Poster ASC the test is a simple, but very effective, starting point for a Cinematographer to compare the effect of Tiffens range of Diffusion filters before selecting specific filters to test under their own lighting conditions. We wanted to keep as many of the paramete
  12. Hi folks! I don't know If I'm in the right forum for this, but I need some help to find a specific sort of lighting filter. I'm looking for a filter that diffuses the light but doesn't add that white color, more like a "clear translucent" / "non-white" frost / diffusion film. Rosco has got a lot of different filters, for example: E-Colour #216: White Diffusion E-Colour #220: White Frost E-Colour #480: Full Atlantic Frost E-Colour #253: Hanover Frost E-Colour #129: Heavy Frost etc. I've made two comparison pics in ps so it would be easier to explain, notice how the second e
  13. I have a shoot coming up where the director wants it to have that glow look made popular in shows like The West Wing and used recently in the Coen Brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis. The look in question has blown out, glowing highlights and a generally diffused image. I know how to do this effect in camera with filters and somewhat hard lighting and can also instruct the colorist to apply the effect in post. I've never done a whole show with this look so was wondering what DPs experienced with the look thought was the better method of achieving it.
  14. Hey a small query..so i was planning to apply a black stocking behind my lenses. The rental company wouldn't allow me to glue them or tape them, hence the method i applied was put a rubbed band behind my master primes..i was pretty happy with the result. However a small query...has anyone tried this before? i mean applying them with a rubber band? i am little concerned about the heat generated...will it affect the rubber band and make it slip? just wondering how safe is this method?? cheers
  15. I acquired a 4' x 4' frame made of 1" square aluminum tubes and would like to mount it to a c-stand. I am aware of mounting methods involving clamps and gobo's, but how does a Flip Flop Ear (http://www.filmandvideolighting.com/1sqtuflfleam.html) interface with a stand for mounting?? Thanks in advance for your insight! Hugh ps - first post
  16. Hello everyone, Do you have any info on the Panavision Primo Classic "soft effect" mode? I know it is an optical, variable diffusion effect, but I have yet to see the effect on an image. Any links or screenshots? This function is only available on the 24, 30, 65, 85 and 125mm, and I wonder if it cuts well with the other Primo lenses without the effect. Best,
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