Sunday, May 23, 2010

PVC Light Stand Fits Right Against Wall

While working as a DP for a friend's web series, I found myself needing a light stand that would fit snugly against a wall. We were shooting into a bathroom and there was very little room to operate. I didn't like what the florescent lighting offered and want to use a 100 watt clamp light. Having nothing to clamp to, I quickly modified one of my PVC stands by pulling out two of the stabilizer feet. I then ran two 2' sections for a 4' pole extending from the bathroom counter top, stopping just short of the ceiling.

I clamped my light and we got our shot. Try doing that with a tripod stand.

Weekly Recap Link List 5-23-10

Creating DIY sand bags for your light stands

Guerilla filmmaker's backpack

DIY Stedicam

Ripley, my handheld rig

The Frugal Filmmaker, Episode 8: 3 Point Lighting

Build your own lenses

Microbudget filmmaking sucks because you are doing it wrong!

Felicia Day on building an internet audience

How to pitch investors

Cops nearly shoot actor playing convenience store robber

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

3 Point Lighting

After a previous post about low cost lighting, I had an inquiry to further explain "3 Point Lighting". It's a very basic technique that we all should know if we're pointing a video camera at someone. I'm not an expert, but I share what I do know in the video above.

Please comment below.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Monday, May 3, 2010

Shot List: Bathroom Sink

Here's an exercise for you. How do you shoot what may seem mundane and make it better? One night I needed some stress relief, so I took my camera into the bathroom and took some footage of my sink. How would I make this interesting if it was in a movie? This led to some attempts at lighting and this video. I don't claim to know anything, but thought I'd share what I came up with.

My challenge to you: shoot your bathroom sink in an interesting way. Go to YouTube and attach your video to this clip. I'd love to see what you came up with.

Shot List could become a regular feature if enough people show interest. Or I may just keep doing it because it helps me improve my skills as a filmmaker.

What do you think?


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