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Old February 6th, 2007, 06:47 AM   #1
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low budget guinness filming


i'm shooting a low budget film and have a query.

i was wondering if anyone has ever gotten away with a pint of guinness (spot lit) against a green screen? There is also the issue of using draught cans of guinness as we have no money for location and no time to organise one!!!

The shot will form part of a composite as there are words to form in the pint as the guinness 'settles'.

so in sum:
a technically clean, interesting shot to form part of a composite
shot against green screen to allow for blurred out background of pub (in can)
using draught cans of guinness.

usual story, no money no time blah blah....

any help would be legend!!!

oh yeah, and just to clarify i will be using an xl-h1


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Old February 7th, 2007, 02:25 PM   #2
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Not sure what you are really after here but I can certainly carry on about the sensory delights, visual, audiable, olfacory and gustatory associated with a properly drawn pint of Irish stout. It starts with the hiss of the escaping nitrogen as the beer is pushed through the restrictor plate in the faucet. It then goes to "the show", the amazing kalidoscope of tiny bubbles swirling around in the glass, some of which go up and some of which go down, culminating in a creamy stable, slightly tawny head atop what appears to be a jet black beer. But put a bright light behind it and, lo, it is really ruby red. One of the purest reds you will ever see.

If you want a few seconds of H1 video of a pint being drawn, I can do that. I think you, properly, have some concerns over copyright. While the faucet I have has a Guiness badge on it, that could probably be covered by the "bartender's" hand (though to anyone in the know it is clearly a Guiness Faucet). The stout itself isn't Guiness (not that anyone could tell) so no worries there. The video would show the glass in front of a typical wall mounted "drip tray" clearly recognizable as pub equipment but also clearly recognizable as American pub equipment by the other faucets. I don't have a green screen but suppose I could find a green cloth somewhere. Let me know if this might help.
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