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Max Smith
Looking for a tutorial that will teach me how to clean a dirty window.
on Sep 7, 2017 at 7:02:39 pm

Just like the title says. I have a shot where the actors are talking behind a dirty window and want to remove all of the distracting spots from the window. The camera is not locked off in this shot. Any tutorial addressing similar issues or techniques would be amazing.

Thanks!


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Richard Garabedain
Re: Looking for a tutorial that will teach me how to clean a dirty window.
on Sep 7, 2017 at 7:46:35 pm

How dirty...like a spot or a line..or like muddy windows


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Looking for a tutorial that will teach me how to clean a dirty window.
on Sep 7, 2017 at 7:56:11 pm
Last Edited By Dave LaRonde on Sep 7, 2017 at 7:57:48 pm

[Richard Garabedain] "How dirty...like a spot or a line..or like muddy windows"

Agreed. Show us a still of the problem shot.
Just a spot can most likely be fixed easily. More schmutz makes it harder. And enough dirt demands a reshoot.

If you knew it was dirty beforehand, you should know that the phrase, "we'll fix it in post" is one of the costliest things you can utter. If you didn't think about it as you shot, you certainly will from now on.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Max Smith
Re: Looking for a tutorial that will teach me how to clean a dirty window.
on Sep 7, 2017 at 9:11:17 pm

I unfortunately cannot post a picture of the frame due to the fact that the spot has not been finished yet. It is a dirty windshield that has quite a few spots from bugs getting splattered on the way to the set. The editor on set insisted that they clean the windshield, but the crew didn't feel they had enough time to do that lol. So it's my problem to solve now.

Thanks for the reply Dave!


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Looking for a tutorial that will teach me how to clean a dirty window.
on Sep 7, 2017 at 9:27:04 pm

Sorry, but without a look-see, you're kind of on your own.

Not enough time -- that's the lamest excuse I've ever heard for not getting a shot right. How many times are there re-takes because someone in the production crew screwed up? Maybe that's the reason -- they know they're a bunch of screw-ups.

Well, that screw-up crew ought to have plenty of time now. In good conscience, I can only recommend a reshoot.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Max Smith
Re: Looking for a tutorial that will teach me how to clean a dirty window.
on Sep 7, 2017 at 9:12:07 pm

Dirty windshield from bugs hitting it. The car will not be moving in the shot but the camera is not locked off.


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Tero Ahlfors
Re: Looking for a tutorial that will teach me how to clean a dirty window.
on Sep 8, 2017 at 3:59:01 am

Rag and some water?-)


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