File puptcrit/puptcrit.0609, message 207

Date: Fri, 15 Sep 2006 08:17:34 -0400
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Is glossy that bad on film???

(Puts on her old gaffer hat after blowing off the dust)
First it does sound like it is over lit. They are using what you  
would use to light humans not for puppets. I'm betting your lighting  
guy has never dealt with puppets which is a whole other kettle of  
fish (or fur or feathers).

Yes you do need more light for digital film than for photography  
however you do light it like a night scene unless you are outside and  
then you use a filter on the camera which makes day into night. They  
may be thinking filter when they need to think quality of light on  
the project. The idea of adjusting in post-production sounds like a  
bad one to me.

Now as to the shine, yeah things like that are going to happen. The  
camera is very unforgiving for any blemish or shine. I can't tell you  
the number of times I had to redo a couple of key lights because the  
principle being lit was bald and all the make-up in the world will  
only get you so far. Here's a question, can you try using like a  
theatrical make-up dulling powder like they use in film? That can be  
taken off the puppets at the end of the day.

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