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Aug. 26th, 2005

(Error: Faulty coping mechanism. User must discard or fake cheerfulness.)

A bit rusty on the CAD program, particularly since they made some changes to the user interface going from version 9 to 10 pro. And now they have a version 11 pro. Last night was primarily designing concrete blocks of the various configurations that I need, figuring out how to do them with 2D boolean operators (way cool!), and creating a block library. It means going back a step, but it clarifies the drawing considerably.
Of course it means I was up way too late, and I fell asleep in the shower this morning. For like a half-hour. How can I afford this rock & roll lifestyle?

Likely will spend this weekend doing concrete work, if the weather holds out. I need to get it done. And I need to design and build a couple of lighting fixtures that I can use in the hey-you-have-no-time-to-set-up-lights-but-we-need-this-to-look-perfect world of Stone Soup Films. Okay, to be fair, it's more an excuse to get my ass building a fixture that I wanted to build for some time, which is basically a modified chinese lantern or spacelight. The idea is to use some compact fluoroescent bulbs in it with several switches to be able to turn individual bulbs on or off as needed to make more or less light. Kind of a poor man's dimmer. The rig itself would hang from a boom that I could set overhead to give the right amount of soft light on a subject without appearing too obtrusive. It's something I've wanted for a while, because it's really versatile and looks great on camera.

The color correction is likely to be a bitch though. Compact fluorescents aren't generally color corrected, and they're a really sickly green. The correction for that is a magenta filter, which is really funny considering my history with unexplained magenta light sources.

This means finding more translucent white cloth, and likely some sewing. And I'd like to have these done before shooting the bar scene, because avindair wants a really quick in-and-out shoot. If I had more time, I'd set up some little kickers to accent things. It's a dark bar with a lot of little reflective stuffins, and a bunch of kickers would let me pinpoint things really well. I'm betting I won't have time, so I want to get the best lighting that I can in the guerilla atmosphere that I'm unfortunately getting used to.

Some time in the future, I will have the time to light scenes properly.


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Aug. 26th, 2005 05:43 pm (UTC)
Not so much. I think staying awake would have been more impressive.
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Aug. 26th, 2005 06:06 pm (UTC)
It involved a lot of leaning. I suppose technically it was more of a spacing out, but for a long time and with my eyes closed.

Probably would have been longer but for the running out of hot water.
Aug. 26th, 2005 06:34 pm (UTC)
compact flourescents
We were really surprised to find that the little bulbs a) weren't a funky color and b) didn't flicker (which was my big concern). The only fact about them I have to note is that they take about 5 or 10 minutes to get up to full brightness.

Aug. 26th, 2005 06:57 pm (UTC)
Re: compact flourescents
For the amount of light they generate, they don't take much electricity, Which is really good for location shooting. The heat thing is much nicer in enclosed spaces.

Of course, flo's don't have the same quality of light that you can get from a nice tungsten fresnel, and they're not easily dimmable.

I also just recently saw some fluorescent bulbs with the equivalent of 300W tungsten light output at Menards. Perk!
Aug. 27th, 2005 08:34 pm (UTC)
It's not so much a matter of time as it is a matter of not wanting to impact that business any more than we absolutely have to. They're letting us shoot there gratis; the least we can do is be in and out as quickly and cleanly as possible.

Aug. 27th, 2005 09:35 pm (UTC)
I get it. I am just complaining. Hey, HI was a lot the same-- get something done quick because we don't have the time.

I just miss the luxury of doing it at the level of detail that I want to.

But out of adversity comes creative solutions, right?
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