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    Quote Originally Posted by TheatreGuy
    Well, I have to say... I am a little disappointed here.....

    I didn't see one single ladder in ANY of these shots!!!
    Here's your ladder:



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    Quote Originally Posted by khmuse
    Hey Blaine,

    Did you happen to catch my little 8 key/fill light setup for the party scene in any of the stills? I know that I kept Tim rather busy moving sources around on that shot!
    Kevin, I got some video of the setup.

    And about the red vines: David Light may not be alive to tell the story if it weren't for those tasty little buggers.



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    Here is an image of a setup that took a while to execute. First off, its day for night, so that adds a bit of challenge. There was a hall way that we had to Duvateen off at the end as there was a large window very high (15' up) that we couldn't block. This setup utilized a total of 4 150W DedoLight heads (2 for keys/fill and 2 for hair lights). There was also an Arri 650 used for overall fill, another 650 used as a gag light for the bathroom interior. We used a pair of wall spreaders (you really should have seen the looks that I got when I said I wanted a pair of wall spreaders, I think that they thought it was a pornographic reference!) to get the lighting instruments into place in this narrow hallway.

    The exterior window at the rear required 2 6' x 6' double nets and a 6' x 6' solid to simulate moon light. The nets were placed very close to the window with a bit of foliage in front to "sell" the look. The solid was used at a step angle to let only a bit of daylight bleed in to "sell" as moonlight.



    Here is a closer look at the DedoLight heads (my favorite instrument in tight spots by a mile) and one of the wall spreaders.
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    This setup was a last minute idea that I came up with that would cover a master shot and also reveal a new space in the location. This was a real pain in the rear as I had to do this one twice. The first time, we were to have 20 or so extras in a living room dancing. After spending a couple of hours to get it set up, we found out that we were not going to have our extras in time so that setup had to be struck. The idea that I had was to compress the size of the room so that our few extras could be made to look like they were in a smaller area than they were (the room was really large, over 30' x 40'). This setup has a lot of practical lights; many strings of little "pumpkin" and "skull" lights (they look low in this shot, but they look correct on the A camera) as well as a lamp in the shot as a motivated source (I used a PH-211 and a dimmer on this to set the ratio). The keys/fills were 150W DedoLights (I know, I sound like a broken record, but these things really are my favorite). There is also a Lowel Caselite 4 used but it isn't shown in this angle.

    The dolly track angle allowed us to do an interesting move as I added a pan to the move to act as a pivot around 2 of the extras ending in a reveal of the new space in the background.



    This shot show a bit of the other room that was revealed at the end of the move. There were a lot of French Doors that had to be "Duvateened off". The key and fill for this second space was a CaseLite 4 and an Arri 650 Fresnel.






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    Quote Originally Posted by Blaine
    Here's your ladder:

    NICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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    khmuse, thanks for sharing the info in these pix. Very cool. I love the wall spreader idea. Very cool.

    And that is a nice set-up on that dolly. How smooth is that? I guess you need a pretty hefty tripod to put together a rig like that. But I like it.


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    with a sandbag on the spreader it was pretty smooth.
    Quote Originally Posted by TheatreGuy
    khmuse, thanks for sharing the info in these pix. Very cool. I love the wall spreader idea. Very cool.

    And that is a nice set-up on that dolly. How smooth is that? I guess you need a pretty hefty tripod to put together a rig like that. But I like it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TheatreGuy
    khmuse, thanks for sharing the info in these pix. Very cool. I love the wall spreader idea. Very cool.
    I can't take credit for the wall spreader, its a standard piece of grip equipment used on a lot of sets; but I agree, they are very cool.

    I use wall spreaders all the time when trying to get a source overhead without any supports in the frame. I have hung some pretty good sized instruments (1k2s) off of these and if placed properly, they are very stable.

    The one thing that I would mention, I always use a safety wire around the instrument and the 2x4. Having even a small source fall on your talent isn't gonna make any friends.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TheatreGuy
    And that is a nice set-up on that dolly. How smooth is that? I guess you need a pretty hefty tripod to put together a rig like that. But I like it.
    I built that dolly out of a few different pieces that I pulled off of things that I wasn't using any longer. Its a 12 wheel design on what was a pretty poor spreader/dolly to start with. I changed it over to a track design re-machined the poorly built pieces and added a number of nice bearings and proper hardware. The track is schedule 40 PVC with threaded pipe inserts so that the sections come apart easily. The lengths are different so that you can position the "seams" at different points and can accommodate a variety of run lengths. It runs pretty smooth, nearly as good as anything that I have used that costs many time more. The way that I configured it, it can handle some pretty heavy loads as the forces are maintained directly over the bearing races.

    The best part, other than it not costing much over $350 to make is that it breaks down and fits in a couple of very small bags. Its much more portable than the doorway dolly that I used to use.

    The sticks are a Cartoni with a Delta head.


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    Quote Originally Posted by khmuse
    The one thing that I would mention, I always use a safety wire around the instrument and the 2x4. Having even a small source fall on your talent isn't gonna make any friends.
    No, I imagine not!

    Not to worry by me... I am a "theatre guy." Safety cables all the way!

    Very nice info on those spreader. I will be adding those to my stock!


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