Encounters with the Unexplained
Field Shoot - January 2002 (show airing date February 22, 2002)
"Here are some images taken from a video shoot for the show "Encounters
with the Unexplained"
- We had to block off all light
before any shooting could occur. The room was a large "great room"
with lots of windows. It's a good thing we did as the shoot lasted five
hours. It started in the afternoon (when the sun was shining through
the windows) and ended when it was dark outside.
- Here is a picture of the basic setup
as seen from the back. You can see the Chimera soft box on the
left, which functioned as the soft key. The green table cloth helped
minimize excess spill. On the right is a round reflector serving as
fill. Dr Scavone's hair light had an amber gel along with some diffusion
- In a slightly closer view you
can see the producer discussing some of the material with Dr Scavone.
Note the shotgun microphone towards the top. He was also wearing a lavaliere.
- The side shot give another view
of how equipment was positioned. The light in the foreground is the
set light, used to throw a slash of light across the bookcase in the
- The producer was positioned right
next to the camera. It's important to keep the talent's line of sight
as close to (but not into) the camera as possible.
- The monitor was positioned so that
both the producer and camera operator could see it.
- POV behind camera 1 A perspective
from behind the camera
- POV behind camera 2 Another
perspective from behind the camera, showing the basic lighting effect
as well. Note the "slash of light" in the background. (The
computer monitor was outside the frame)
- Fuzzy close-up Doh! You'd think I'd
know how to take pictures with my digital camera by now!
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