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Michele Poggi1950's lamp flashes
by on Mar 26, 2013 at 9:10:58 am

Hi guys. ;)

I'm starting the post production of a short movie set in the fifties.

In the shots there is a conference where some journalists make "fake" photos (the things actually were not working being original), and I've been asked to add the flashes of the lamps on the cameras and environment.

What are good ways to do this? I'll of course work on masks to light the actors and stuff, but what about the actual flash? Being in the fifties it will be pretty strong but I don't think it will last more than 2 frames.

Do you have any suggestions?

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Tudor "Ted" JelescuRe: 1950's lamp flashes
by on Mar 26, 2013 at 9:20:36 am

The trick I think is not animating the bright phase of the flash, but the cooling down of the bulb after- that takes a few frames more.
Here's a good reference:







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Michele PoggiRe: 1950's lamp flashes
by on Mar 26, 2013 at 9:25:57 am

Excellent reference, thanks.

There is indeed a shot like that, but the other clips actually have the lamps towards the actors, showing the back to the camera. What could be a good way to create the light? *mumble*

White solids in add, maybe some orange ones to fine edges. The reference you gave me could indeed be a great starting point to create, frame by frame, the "death" of the lamp after the burst.

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John CuevasRe: 1950's lamp flashes
by on Mar 26, 2013 at 12:19:43 pm

Michelle, here's an old tutorial using the lens flare effect to create flashes. Just my 2 cents, but I would add tritone effect and tint the midtones a very light blue.

2 Minute Tutorial: How to make a camera flash effect in AE

I created an animation preset: 5723_flashbulb.ffx.zip

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Michele PoggiRe: 1950's lamp flashes
by on Mar 27, 2013 at 9:22:01 am

I'll check that out, thank you very much.

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Dave LaRondeRe: 1950's lamp flashes
by on Mar 26, 2013 at 1:35:48 pm

I wonder about the areas of highlight and shadow that a flash bulb naturally create, if only for a brief moment. If the flashes need to look photorealistic, you will have to create them, too.

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Michele PoggiRe: 1950's lamp flashes
by on Mar 27, 2013 at 9:23:08 am

That really is a good point.. I think that in the close shots I'll have to create a masked shadow of items and actors on the background, indeed.

If anyone has any suggestion or maybe "technical idea" about "how-to", let me know!
I also think there could be indeed a plugin for this other than VideoCopilot Optical Flares.

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