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Ace Billet
Shooting lens flares / light leaks
on Apr 28, 2011 at 9:23:25 pm

Hey all,
I'm about to shoot a show open, and want to use flares and light leaks as a visual element.
Create a lit / summer feel.

Something like this:

The Latency - "Fork In The Road" - dir. Alon Isocianu from reactiv on Vimeo.



or here: (around 02:23)






Basically I want to shoot a "bank" of lights and composite them in After Effects later.

I have a TV studio (with a ceiling lighting rig) plus couple of spotlights.

What's the best way to shoot this ?
Dark background and shoot the light handheld, defocusing etc ?
and then composite them in After Effects in Add / Overlay.

Any ideas ? thoughts about lenses ? Colored lights ?

looking forward to hear your input.
thanks !
Ace Billet

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Rick Amundson
Re: Shooting lens flares / light leaks
on Apr 28, 2011 at 9:49:03 pm

Check out the new Lumineux product at Crumplepop.com. For a limited time it's only $49 and will do exactly what you are talking about in your nle. Experiment with composite modes. They will all react different to give you different looks.

Best of luck!

Rick Amundson
Producer/Director/DP
Screenscape Studios
Bravo Romeo Entertainment
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http://www.bravoromeo.com
http://www.indeliblemovie.com


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Jason Jenkins
Re: Shooting lens flares / light leaks
on Apr 29, 2011 at 2:47:13 am

Check out Optical Flares from Video Copilot. Sweet plug-in!

Jason Jenkins
Flowmotion Media
Video production... with style!


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grinner hester
Re: Shooting lens flares / light leaks
on May 2, 2011 at 12:01:56 am

use some gloes n call it done.



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Todd Terry
Re: Shooting lens flares / light leaks
on May 2, 2011 at 3:44:31 pm

I'm late to the party here... we had massive storms (more than 100 tornadoes) here in north Alabama last Wed... tons of damage and killed more than 200 people state-wide... and knocked power out to more than a million people in our city and the surrounding area for days... we're one of the lucky 30% who just got our electricity back.... so just now can respond.

I can say with a good deal of certainty that some (although maybe not all) of the flares were created with Magic Bullet (specifically, Magic Bullet Looks). They have a couple of flare effects that look exactly like that. Magic Bullet is great, use it all the time.

However, you might give the software that Rick suggested at try since it is almost-giveaway dirt cheap, whereas I think Magic Bullet is pushing a grand these days.

The "light leaks" (the film fog effects) don't require any special software or plugins... most any NLE platform that can do even basic color correction can do those. When I do fogs like that, I'll take the last (or first) seven or eight frames of a shot and throughout that short bit just increasingly ramp up/down the brightness and contrast to get the look I want, until it is almost completely blown out by the last frame. You can also ramp the color balance (usually toward the yellow or magenta side) throughout that part of the shot as well. It gives a good approximation of the fogging that occurs when stopping a real film camera and it happens to land with the shutter open (although few film cameras really operate like that anymore).

T2

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Rick Amundson
Re: Shooting lens flares / light leaks
on May 2, 2011 at 8:20:19 pm

All great ideas so far and I have used them all. Video copilot's Optical Flares is great especially if you are working with 3D layers in After Effects. What I like about Crumple Pop's is that it is actually video clips as opposed to a software (that's why it's so cheap) but it's great for those who don't want to mess with a plug-in. Lots of options including transitions.

MB is just a great tool to have around. Worth it's weight in gold. Wait, that wouldn't weigh very much. You know what I mean.

Best of luck!

Rick Amundson
Producer/Director/DP
Screenscape Studios
Bravo Romeo Entertainment
http://www.screenscapestudios.com
http://www.bravoromeo.com
http://www.indeliblemovie.com


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