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
http://www.instructables.com/id/Creating-DIY-sandbags-for-your-light-stands/

Guerilla filmmaker's backpack
http://blog.anvilpictures.com/?p=538

DIY Stedicam
http://rjwilx.blogspot.com/2010/05/diy-steadicam.html

Ripley, my handheld rig
http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/showthread.php?p=1992210#post1992210

The Frugal Filmmaker, Episode 8: 3 Point Lighting
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5uybmobdFY

Build your own lenses
http://www.diyphotography.net/build-your-own-lenses

Microbudget filmmaking sucks because you are doing it wrong!
http://d2dvd.blogspot.com/2010/05/microbudget-filmmaking-sucks-because.html

Felicia Day on building an internet audience
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=id23nVuO5U0

How to pitch investors
http://trulyfreefilm.hopeforfilm.com/2010/05/how-to-pitch-investors.html

Cops nearly shoot actor playing convenience store robber
http://gothamist.com/2010/05/05/cops_nearly_shoot_actor_playing_con.php

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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