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Rick Wise
Re: Advice for lighting masks hanging in a hallway for a video
on Sep 28, 2015 at 11:20:27 pm

This old house has a fuse box or circuit box. What are the amps on each circuit? 15 or 20? Find out!

Those masks are probably somewhat fragile so heat is an issue. Generally, though not always, I prefer to light masks with a hard Fresnel key and some judicious fill. If you have to show a long shot of the entire hallway, then you are going to be very cramped indeed. In that case, a couple of lights bounced into the ceiling is about all you can do, plus maybe some raking light from down the hall if you can frame it out. If you can just isolate each mask, then some small LED Fresnel unit on a C-stand arm that you can move around to the most dramatic lighting angle will be best, plus some bounce material such as foamcore, beadboard, even space blanket. bring some options and grip gear to hold in place.

You may want to play with another small unit that has some relevant color. In any case, bring a selection of gels, including browns, greens, reds, etc.

Camera angles will be cramped. Hopefully none of the masks is very large.

Rick Wise
MFA/BFA Lighting and Camera Instructor Academy of Art University
San Francisco Bay Area

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