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Creating soft top light and different types of cloth. (4 replies and 2 comments)

Nishant Arya
1 week ago
Nishant Arya 1 week ago

Hello Master Deakins and professionals in this forum! I am a 21 year old assistant cinematographer from South India. I have just started learning about cove lighting technique, and was wondering

1)What is the best way to use muslin cloth?

2)What are the various cloths I should be looking at?

Here in my team we mainly use grid cloth or chimera cloth.

I was also wondering which is the best way to create a nice soft top light in interiors, for example in a dinning room or living room. Any sort of advice would be of immense help!

Thank you! 

Roger Deakins
7 days ago
Roger Deakins 7 days ago

You should experiment with a range of cloths and white materials. There are so many options to choose from. To create a soft bounce top light you might just want to bounce an open face light off a ceiling! What you choose and how to do things is a personal choice.

Nishant Arya
7 days ago

Sir, thank you for the reply. I was thinking would it be rigging the light to the ceiling and maybe adding a 1/2 grid cloth or muslin cloth over the light and adding black wrap around it?

And I wanted to know of the 2 filters, CTO & CTS which would be more useful. I have only used CTO and don't know the benefits of CTS

Roger Deakins
6 days ago
Roger Deakins 6 days ago

The further the lamp from the bounce the softer the light. If you don't have to rig your lamp to the ceiling and can bounce from the floor you will have a softer result.

Nishant Arya
6 days ago

Ok sir, thank you so much for being patient and clearing my doubts sir!

Nishant Arya
5 days ago
Nishant Arya 5 days ago

Sir, I was wondering if I want to control the spill of the bounced light, how would I do that? For instance, preventing the bounced light to spill onto the walls behind.

 

Roger Deakins
5 days ago
Roger Deakins 5 days ago

You could drop a semicircle of black drape from the ceiling.

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