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Mark Suszko
Re: Avoid Banding & Supplement Existing Light in Airplane Hangar
on Dec 21, 2018 at 11:02:48 pm
Last Edited By Mark Suszko on Dec 22, 2018 at 12:06:35 am

Look at it as a creative opportunity.

I wish I knew what kind of music this was...

Here are off the top of my head, some cheap ideas...

A big space like that, one thing I might try is, let it go dark as you can stand, then put lights on dollies, or anything that rolls, and spin them, and maybe the camera, around the band for multiple takes. Get a smoke machine, put your spotlight on a shopping cart and "scan" the light across the band, back and forth, like a laser beam effect.

See if they have a couple forklifts or man-lifts, place two of them on opposite sides of the band, string your own overhead light(s) between those. Use translucent plastic shower curtains from the dollar store and make a huge diffusion panel from it, blast cheap worklights thru it.

Post-Chrtistmas light sale: get tons of xmas light strings and sling a web of them above the band and/or all over the floor randomly. Get hella bokeh out of it if done right.

Bring in a bunch of cars and/or trucks in a semi-circle around and behind the band, with their headlights and parking flashers on. (Bring jumper cables in case the shoot goes long.) On the camera side of the circle, you get big, yet cheap sheets of foil-clad insulation foam from the home improvement store, they make massive soft reflectors to front-fill using bounce from those same headlights.

Whatever you do, my advice is to kill the existing overheads and then light as creatively as you can afford.

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