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.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Creating DIY sand bags for your light stands
Guerilla filmmaker's backpack
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
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
While I failed this week to put up a video and a blog post in between link lists, here's hoping next week is better. The following is what's been hitting Twitter and the Facebook group:
Where do you find good ideas?
Where pain meets fun: the creative process
Lighting modifiers cheat sheet card
Foley work - Gary Hecker
Why and when to use a stereo mic on a camera
32 free software solutions for photographers (and videographers)
It's a good day to be an independent filmmaker
Royalty free music for indie films
Why microbudget filmmaking sucks
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Mother's Day, Facebook, Twitter, Oh my!
Why our civilization's culture is threatened by the MPEG-LA
Do you have a media channel strategy? (You should.)
Another DIY DSLR rig
My DIY Camera Dolly (tripod detachable)
Low budget interview lighting setup
Web series shot with [Canon] HV30
The Asylum: The Secret to Our Success
Using dry ice for adding drama to your pictures
Extremely frustrated, I'm tired of clients saying T2i does not look professional
OpenIndie gets "Mad as Hell" at DIY days
Wesley's Weekly How-to: Legal-ese
Shot List: Bathroom Sink
DIY PVC C-stand
Transmedia and Independent filmmakers
You will make thousands of films
Cable ties with leaves
Battle of the cameras (Panasonic HMC-150 vs. Canon T2i)
HomeMade Gear: The Cortez Softkick
Monday, May 3, 2010
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?
Sunday, May 2, 2010
In case you haven't been paying attention to Twitter or the Facebook group, here's the links from the past week. Read! Watch! Enjoy! Follow!
The Making of Nissan Sentra SE-R Drift
The Frugal Filmmaker, Episode 7: Clamp Lighting
Getting YouTube Videos into Your RSS Reader
James Cameron Speaks at Ohio State
Using Posterous to Dispatch Content
DIY Hoodloupe Mount
Colors in Cultures