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Sep. 16th, 2005

So there's this -thing- that I want to do with a bit of lighting in the movie.

It involves characters being "affected" by vampires (BTW, it's a vampire movie in case you didn't know), and I want to do a bit of a subtle thing-- or maybe not so subtle-- with their eyes.

The -thing- that I want to do involves the use of a fairly specialized piece of equipment:

This is one rather high-tech example, but the geometry is the important thing. It's basically a circular or oval light that surrounds the lens. What I want to do with it is have two different colors on dimmers so that I can either shift the color of the eyelight or dim it out entirely.

And of course, I don't have the money to throw $500 or so at a fixture to do that, so I need to make one.

Not that I see that as a problem or anything. So far I've been pretty good at coming up with solutions to rather complex lighting challenges.

I already have a design in mind. Mostly scrounged parts, though I'll probably buy the dimmers.


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Sep. 16th, 2005 05:27 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, is this similar to the "Galadrial Eyes" effect in LotR? I think that was described as a ring of christmas tree lights. I'm sure hooking such a ring of lights to a dimmer would be short work for you...
Sep. 16th, 2005 06:00 pm (UTC)
I think it has to be. I'm considering the mini-bulb christmas tree lights if I can find 'em; otherwise I'll go to some regular C7 bulbs.
Sep. 16th, 2005 05:41 pm (UTC)
I do know that in modelling pictures they'll use that ring of light around a camera to make people's eyes look pretty in portraiture... is this the same kind of concept?

How did they do that weird thing with the replicant eyes in Blade Runner? Was that in post?

Sep. 16th, 2005 06:05 pm (UTC)
The ring of light around a camera lens serves a couple of purposes. If it's much less bright than the other lights then it only serves as an eyelight and makes the model look more alive. If it's pretty bright, it serves to fill in the face and remove shadows and wrinkles.

The bladerunner effect is a little different. They used a one-way mirror tilted at a 45-degree angle in front of the lens to bounce a light intop the eyes of the actors directly in line with the lens (I believe they used teleprompter rigs).

I thought about doing that for this production, but it's a bit more expensive and it's a lot more touchy in lighting because you have to keep the lighting dark enough to keep the pupils open, or apply those dilating eyedrops...
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