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Old August 28th, 2004, 08:40 PM   #1
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Revolving Police Lights (Possible to Simulate?)

For a night scene in my film I need to simulate flashing (blue & red) poilce lights, but the 'police car' will never actually be seen. What are some ways to simulate this effect?

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Old August 28th, 2004, 09:25 PM   #2
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Two flashlights Or strobes with filters unless you need to see light bouncing off of a wide area.

Go visit the local PD. They or the city vehicle maintenance yard should have some old ones that you could borrow for that specific use.


ORRRRR, contribute a little bit to a police fund and see if you can borrow the lights (attached to a car with a police officer to operate them).
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Old August 29th, 2004, 02:03 AM   #3
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Save yourself time and money and just pick it up at a party related retail store. They have them for dirt cheap. Try Spencers or Party City.
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Old August 29th, 2004, 05:33 AM   #4
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I shoot the "bubbles" at a fire or other event, (such as a parade), and file them away on a disc for future use. I Get shots of the front, sides, and top, if possible. I Include all types of emergency vehicles.

I usually shoot the "bubbles" out of focus, at varying focal lengths.

Judiciously used it can enhance your work.
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Old August 29th, 2004, 07:57 AM   #5
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Like Brett says, you can find cheap imitations various places. Radio Shack used to sell them. But they generally have rather wimpy lights that won't be very bright. Try a theatrical supply/rental house, they often have something closer to the real thing.
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