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Old March 3rd, 2004, 10:39 AM   #1
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Suggestions for lighting practice

HI, all.

Are there any suggestions for what to use (in lieu of a real person) when practicing interview setups for lighting? I not yet ready to submit someone to my slow experimenting, and would prefer to use a static item, but what? A stuffed animal propped on top of books? ANy and all clever suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old March 3rd, 2004, 08:12 PM   #2
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Off with their heads!

Try a couple styrofoam heads with a cheap wig, actually, buy 2 cheap wigs. One light haired and one dark.

You can find the heads and maybe even the wigs at a beauty supply store. Find paint comparable to a white and a black person, paint the heads and and go to town.

If you can find it, I would try to get a head with the semblance of a nose so you can deal with the shadows created when lighting.

You might even want to talk to some of the folks at stores like Neimann Marcus and the like where they have mannequins. Sometimes they have a buch lying around in their basements collecting dust and might be willing to part with a couple.

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Old March 3rd, 2004, 08:33 PM   #3
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Rick's suggestions are excellent. Do be sure to try to get blonde and dark brunette or black hair on those dummies. The lighting techniques for each is slightly distinct.

One additional (free) resource, if you've not seen it, is Bill Holshevnikoff's brochure, "The Power of Lighting". This brochure is often included with Arri lighting kits. Bill gives some very good seminars at trade shows and other events. You can download the brochure from his site. Well worth the time and paper.
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Old March 4th, 2004, 11:00 AM   #4
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We're on the same wavelength. I've been trying to find a couple of those creepy plastic heads with real hair that hairstylists use to train on. I never thought of just getting a couple of wigs and styrofoam heads. I'm also always looking for broken down mannequins.
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Old March 4th, 2004, 12:17 PM   #5
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You could also try some full-face halloween masks. Try to get some "normal-looking" ones, not too gory etc...
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Old March 5th, 2004, 08:13 PM   #6
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