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Old May 27th, 2007, 01:45 AM   #16
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Something else to try... Have candles made with a double wick. i.e. 2 wicks. This works well to increase the natural light level from a practical candle. If that's enough for the "wide shot" then you could add a bit of bounced light (with the correct color gel) for the close up.

On a recent episode of "The 4400" I had an actor in a mine shaft who's "ability" was to create fire with his hands. The FX guys rigged a butane jet to his finger to get real flame and I augmented it with my "scorpion" flashlight (with Full CTO Gel) bounced off some white paper. I just had to quickly shake the flash light to simulate the flame jittering. It worked well!

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Old May 27th, 2007, 06:36 AM   #17
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Another way to fake fire/candelight is to shine the light through a cookie and move it gently back and forth. You can get a similar effect by using a gold reflector.
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Old May 28th, 2007, 09:25 PM   #18
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I had to do a similar thing a few weeks ago, where some actors had to appear to be looking back at a car they've just torched.
We used a wooden pole with rags tied to the end of it with wire, soaked in parrafin. It was 3 feet away from the actors.

The still picture shows how it looked originally, and the attached WMV clip is a rough idea of what we did with it.

Seemed to work alright . . . .
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Old June 1st, 2007, 11:43 AM   #19
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Best candle/fire fake I've ever done:

I have one of those round pop-up reflectors; take it out of the case, but don't unfold it; makes a 1-foot(ish) wide circle of flexy silver. Hold it low, point a 6" fresnel at it (gel if needed) and flex/wiggle the reflector.

For campfires/fireplace, unfold the reflector & use the full size. Worked like a charm.
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Old June 15th, 2007, 10:18 AM   #20
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I like the combination of dimmers and reflectors. For big fires, you can use 2 or 3 lights with gels on them (pointed at the same direction), dimming each of them at a different speed.
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