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Old February 14th, 2005, 09:58 PM   #1
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Backdrop screen to create out of focus background...?

Hey guys...I've seen a thing you hang behind a subject when doing an interview...to create a nice... out of focus/depth of field/bokeh effect...

Has anyone tried this before?
Do you know where I can get one?
What is the URL?


I remember seeing it on the web, but it was like $500+

Does anyone know anywhere else I can get something like this cheaper?


thanks in advance for those who take time to post!
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Old February 15th, 2005, 01:11 AM   #2
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It's called the Softscreen. Do a search on it here for some reviews. Check out this website:

http://www.indietoolbox.com/
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Old February 15th, 2005, 01:19 AM   #3
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Their site is totally horrible... tons of broken images and links.


And why so expensive?

This has to be something simple...


Anyone have any idea what it is made of..?

THANKS!
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Old February 16th, 2005, 05:57 AM   #4
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I doubt it is known what it is made of:

http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthrea...threadid=38990
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Old February 16th, 2005, 04:46 PM   #5
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Years ago I was watching a "making-of" doc; they used what they referred to as "bridal veil material".

In this instance, it was a practical model of a castle on a hillside; the model seemed to be about 15' tall; they had a scrim of white mesh stretched on a frame, about 10'" from the camera, with the model maybe 15-20' beyond the scrim. Gave it the look of shooting through miles of atmosohere, soft, washed out, desaturated. (As well as I remember, anyway...)

In my still-shooting experience, just about any decent white mesh will work, it needn't be expensive; the key is stretching it tight, and getting it out of the focal plane (IE, use DOF to keep from seeing the fabric).

The hardest part of this sort of thing is finding a bolt of fabric that's as wide as you'll need; if you sew two pieces together, the seam's gonna show.
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