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Curtains and blinds in a scene (1 reply and 2 comments)

Redhead
1 week ago
Redhead 1 week ago

Hello,

I am shooting a short film in October and currently making lighting plans for our interior scene which is inside a houses lounge room. I want the scene to be lit from outside the window through curtains to soften the light. 

My question is when choosing blinds or curtains for an interior scene is it fine to just use any old curtains or are there certain fabrics that get used in films that soften light nicely and look good on camera?

I have attached a screen grab from the French film Macadam Stories as a reference. 

Thank you,

Callum  

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Roger Deakins
1 week ago
Roger Deakins 1 week ago

I usually ask the set dresser to show me samples of curtains that fit with the production design. I don't know of specific fabrics that are used exclusively for film.

Mike
1 week ago

There is a huge warehouse in Southall, West London where Theatre back drops, Props, furniture etc and Curtains of all sorts are stored. They are agents for fabric designers/ manufacturers for use by the Studios and Theatre world. The Fabrics must have a fire certificate which has to be recognised by Health and Safety and Insurers guild.
They do not come cheap!

Mike
1 week ago

Come to think of it, wasn’t there a huge fire In Hollywood ( maybe MGM) where similar items were stored and went up in smoke. Risky business.

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