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Justin Maldonado
on Aug 21, 2013 at 5:03:53 pm


So I'm working on a play. In the play there are a few scenes that involve silhouettes. Now these are live actors behind a white screen. I need to light them form behind but i have no idea what to use.

I've tried some lights, and none are giving me the effect I want.

First I tried a row of LED Chauvet colorPalettes (cheap lights i know) and they didn't work because it casted multiple shadows.
Second I tried one colorPalette and that casted multiple shadows that were much thinner in distance.
Next I tried an Elation Opti Tri Par and that worked better, but still casted multiple shadows.
Next I decided to use try a regular Par64 without its shell (just the lamp holder and the lamp) and that casted a weird beam on the wall simply because the beam was altered by the pattern on the lamps glass encasement
Next i tried using a 50 degree source 4 ellipsoidal and that worked well but didn't cover enough of the wall and I dont have enough source 4s cover each spot of the silhouette.

Lastly just to simply satisfy the producer for that rehearsal, I used a High End StudioColor 575 and that worked well enough to create good shadows, but that isnt a wash light so it left and bright circle where the beam was strongest and the intensity of the beam got weaker as it got further from the center.

What can I use to make these silhouettes look good?? How should I set it up?? How can I assure that the shadows projected on the white screen will be nearly focused??


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