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Old March 17th, 2017, 06:06 PM   #1
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How to recreate a window with condensation?

Hello! I am going to shoot a short film, and in a scene a person paints on a condensated window with her finger (in order to look out). The scene will be shot in a hot/tempered climate but we want to imitate the effect as if the day outside were cold.
How can we believably recreate condensation inside of a normal window - and without the camera being condensated?
The solutions that came to my mind were:

a) Somehow cooling down the glass
b) Cook water in the room and let the steam fill the air (but the glass of the lens would also be condensated)
c) Use some kind of spray

Does anybody have a solution to this?
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Old March 17th, 2017, 09:20 PM   #2
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Re: How to recreate a window with condensation?

Don't know what US products are available to you there, but I've used Krylon Dulling Spray to mimic condensation on glassware in food shots (http://www.krylon.com/products/dulling-spray/)/. Once years ago I used, if I recall correctly, camphor dissolved in alcohol to brush on a "frosted" appearance to a glass window in a food set. It does evaporate over a few hours, so has to be fairly fresh.
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Old March 17th, 2017, 09:27 PM   #3
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Re: How to recreate a window with condensation?

Rent/borrow a clothes steamer. I'm pretty sure it will work unless the window is in direct sunlight and quite warm. You can also try spraying with a water/glycerine solution.
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